Resident Evil 2 Remake: Release Date, Trailers, Story & More

Resident Evil 2 Remake


1998 is celebrated as one of the most exciting years in gaming.

Bonafide classics released that year, such as Banjo-Kazooie, Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid, Starcraft, and more. Another highly-regarded title that released in 1998 is the survival horror classic known as Resident Evil 2. Capcom built upon the excellent foundation set up by the sequel’s predecessor and managed to produce one of its finest games.

Back in 2002, Capcom completely remade the very first entry in the series. Fans were delighted to see the Spencer Mansion again and get the chance to embark upon an even darker adventure with Chris and Jill. In 2019, fans of Resident Evil 2 will finally get to revisit the horrifying trials of Leon and Claire in a full-fledged remake of their own.

There’s a lot of info to dig through for this highly-anticipated remake. We happen to have everything you need to know about it right here.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Release Date

Resident Evil 2 Remake


Resident Evil 2 Remake is scheduled to launch on January 25, 2019.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Reveal Trailer

Resident Evil 2 Remake – Special Message from Producer “H”We’re pleased to confirm that the Resident Evil 2 Remake Project has been officially approved! Capcom’s Producer for the title, Yoshiaki Hirabyashi a.k.a. H, from R&D Division 1, commented: “It’s been great to see so many positive comments from fans that have pushed the project to get approved. The team here at Capcom Japan really…2015-08-12T14:58:49.000Z

Resident Evil 2 Remake Platforms

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Resident Evil 2 Remake will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Story & Characters

Resident Evil 2 Remake


Like the original, Resident Evil 2 Remake puts players into the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Both characters end up making their way towards Raccoon City for their own reasons, but their fates become intertwined as they look to survive the city’s zombie virus outbreak.

Along their journey, they’ll encounter other characters who have their own connections to the city and the virus responsible for causing it – the G-Virus. Leon will mainly come into contact with the mysterious Ada Wong, while Claire will run into Sherry Birkin. Both Leon and Claire will engage with different types of vicious bio-weapons and seek out the truth behind Raccoon City’s horrifying predicament. Several plot points will remain the same, while the gameplay used to get to these moments appears to have been altered.

Gameplay Differences Between the Original and Remake

Resident Evil 2 Remake Claire


The original Resident Evil 2 released on PlayStation One back in 1998. It utilized fixed camera angles and tank controls in order to tell its survival-horror tale. 2019’s remade version of Resident Evil 2 will stick to an over-the-shoulder, 3rd-person viewpoint reminiscent of the one featured in Resident Evil 4. During an interview with Gamespot, game producer Yoshiaki “H” Hirabayashi spoke on why the decision was made to employ this camera view:

We looked into all kinds of possibilities and options during a long process of deliberation and consideration when it came to the camera, and it all came down to the feeling we want you to have when you play the game, and we wanted to have the key pillars of scary survival horror, and also, a sort of so-called metroidvania style exploration of the environment. And when it came to how to bring the best experience of those two aspects together: the answer was the over-the-shoulder third-person view.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Ada Wong


Resident Evil 2 Remake will hit the same beats established in the original, such as solving puzzles, locating keys, and fending off zombies and other assorted bio-weapons. Leon and Claire will tackle their mission via two separate story campaigns. While in combat, both characters now have the ability to carefully aim at whoever (or whatever’s) trying to kill them. A gunpowder mechanic will now give players the chance to craft ammo from scratch. This feature was a huge component of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

Resident Evil 2 Remake


Other forms of offense/defense that Leon and Claire will have to employ besides guns are wooden boards. While exploring the Raccoon City Police Department, they’ll come across these items and use them to barricade doors and windows from undead menaces. When you do end up getting grabbed by a zombie, you can shove your trusty knife in them and shove them away to avoid getting bitten. This mechanic harkens back to the one introduced in the remake of the first Resident Evil.

As for the game’s item boxes feature, it’ll rely on the same mechanics first seen in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. From a graphical standpoint, Resident Evil 2 Remake has been remade from the ground up – it’s being powered by Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’s “RE Engine.” This remake is capable of running at 60 frames per second or outputting a 4K resolution on PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.


Resident Evil 2 – Announcement TrailerResident Evil 2 returns this January 25th 2019, for PS4, Xbox One and PC! Welcome back to Raccoon City… For more official news and updates, follow us on: TWITTER – Facebook – Instagram –

Resident Evil 2 – Road to E3Capcom R&D Division 1 Producer, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, takes us along on his epic journey to E3 2018 and the reveal of Resident Evil 2 Remake. 'Like' on Facebook Follow on Twitter!/RE_games2018-06-13T15:03:43.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – E3 2018 Developer Interview & Community ReactionResident Evil 2 Remake was finally revealed at E3 2018! Our community manager Kat got to interview developers Yoshiaki 'H' Hirabayashi, and Tsuyoshi Kanda, as well as ask some fans what they thought of the E3 demo! Resident Evil 2 returns this January 25th 2019, for PS4, Xbox One and PC! —— For more official…2018-06-19T15:00:02.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – E3 2018 Gameplay VideoIn 4K where available! Itching for more Resident Evil 2 gameplay? We’ve got fresh video for you to sink your teeth into. Pre-order now, and play Resident Evil 2 as soon as it's available on January 25th, 2019. 'Like' on Facebook Follow on Twitter!/RE_games2018-06-20T15:00:04.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – E3 2018 PlayStation Showcase TrailerRevealed at E3 2018, return to Raccoon City with Resident Evil 2, out January 25th, 2019! 'Like' on Facebook Follow on Twitter!/RE_games2018-06-22T18:24:34.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – Story Trailer (TGS 2018)Check out our latest trailer that delves into the story of RE2… For more official news and updates, follow us on: Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – residentevil.com2018-09-20T06:25:19.000Z

[Official] Resident Evil 2 – Claire Demo Stream with Capcom UKCheck out the new gameplay demo for Claire in RE2… For more official news and updates, follow us on: Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – residentevil.com2018-10-04T16:41:09.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – Licker Battle GameplayThe licker, a spine-chilling creature that stalks its prey from the shadows, will return in Resident Evil 2. See it in action here! For more official news and updates, follow us on: Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – residentevil2.com2018-10-10T15:00:06.000Z

Resident Evil 2: Deluxe Edition Costume ShowcaseIncluded in both the Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition of #RE2, survive Raccoon City in style with five additional costumes when Resident Evil 2 comes to PS4, XB1, and PC on January 25th, 2019. 'Like' on Facebook Follow on Twitter!/RE_games2018-10-29T15:00:00.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – Classic CostumesWe have a treat for you! As a thanks for your undying support, we’re providing all Resident Evil 2 players with a piece of nostalgia: Leon and Claire’s classic costumes will be unlockable in-game, for free! #RE2 For more official news and updates, follow us on: Twitter – Facebook – Instagram –…2018-10-31T15:00:00.000Z

Resident Evil 2: Leon Gameplay – Familiar FacesGet a closer look at some of the familiar faces you'll see and sinister places you'll go as Leon attempts to survive the nightmare of Raccoon City, including gameplay featuring Ada Wong. 'Like' on Facebook Follow on Twitter!/RE_games2018-12-04T17:00:04.000Z

Resident Evil 2: Claire Gameplay – Unstoppable TyrantHis boots were made for stomping. See what it's like to take on the Tyrant in this new gameplay video featuring Claire in Resident Evil 2! Can Claire put a halt to the unstoppable force? Plus, get a quick look at Sherry Birkin and the new Orphanage area. 'Like' on Facebook Follow on Twitter…2018-12-04T17:00:05.000Z

Resident Evil 2 "1-Shot" Demo TrailerThirty minutes, one shot! The Resident Evil 2 “1-Shot” Demo is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Steam on January 11th! Learn more:

[Official] Resident Evil 2 Developer stream with Capcom UK! (Part 1)RE2 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi and director Kazunori Kadoi join us for a special developer stream… with some surprises! For more official news and updates, follow us on: Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – residentevil2.com2019-01-14T10:28:53.000Z

[Official] Resident Evil 2 Developer stream with Capcom UK! (part 2)RE2 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi and director Kazunori Kadoi join us for a special developer stream… with some surprises! For more official news and updates, follow us on: Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – residentevil2.com2019-01-14T10:25:35.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – 2019 Live-Action TrailerIn 1998, George A. Romero produced a trailer for the original Resident Evil 2. 21 years later, we give you a RE2 Remake live-action trailer inspired by his work! For more official news and updates, follow us on: Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – residentevil2.com2019-01-24T13:00:01.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – 4th Survivor Gameplay TrailerDeath never dies. Watch HUNK take on hordes of monsters in the minigame “4th survivor”. Do you have the skills to outwit death? For more official news and updates, follow us on: Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – residentevil2.com2019-01-25T12:00:01.000Z

Resident Evil 2 – The Ghost Survivors Launch TrailerThe Ghost Survivors is available today as a free update for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam! Change the fate of three lost souls and take on new dangers in alternate, ‘what if’ scenarios for Resident Evil 2. 'Like' on Facebook Follow on Twitter!/RE_games2019-02-15T08:00:06.000Z


Resident Evil 2 Remake


Resident Evil 2 Remake is up for pre-order in three different editions – the physical Standard Edition (sold here), the physical Deluxe Edition (sold here) as well as the Digital Deluxe Edition (sold here), and the Collector’s Edition (sold here). Pre-ordering any of these editions gifts its recipients with a download voucher for the following deluxe weapons – the “Samurai Edge” pistol (Chris Model) for Leon and the “Samurai Edge” pistol (Jill Model) for Claire.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Deluxe Edition


Both the physical and Digital Deluxe Edition come with an Extra DLC Pack. This suite of DLC gives players the option to use the original game’s music/sound effects, another deluxe weapon (the Albert Model of the “Samurai Edge” pistol), and extra costumes. Those costumes are Arklay Sheriff (Leon), Noir (Leon), Military (Claire), Noir (Claire), and Elza Walker (Claire). And finally, the Collector’s Edition comes with the following bonus items listed below:

Resident Evil 2 Remake Collector's Edition


– a physical copy of Resident Evil 2 Remake
– an exclusive Leon S. Kennedy figurine
– an artbook entitled “Ben’s Life”
– a digital soundtrack
– a physical replica of the Raccoon City Police Department Renovation Plan
– access to the Extra DLC Pack

Check out our review for the Resident Evil 2 Remake right here.

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