One of Capcom’s biggest announcements at E3 2018 was that the Resident Evil 2 remake would be coming in Jan. 2019, and based on what was said in its latest financial report, there will be other such announcements in the future if things pan out well.
This revelation was brought to light after an investor asked about Resident Evil 2‘s expected sales and the potential for future remakes, prompting Capcom to reveal that it sees the game as one if its major releases for the current fiscal year, and will likely look at similar remakes in the future.
“This title is one of our major Consumer releases for this fiscal year, and accordingly we expect it to be in the ‘million-seller’ class of titles. It was received very well at E3, and in order to tie this
first success to actual sales we are working out our promotional strategy. Further, regarding remakes and rereleases of titles in our back catalog, we expect to explore these further with a variety of properties as a part of our strategy to utilize our library of IP.”
As Capcom has clearly recognized, there is a demand for remakes of older Resident Evil titles (and other IPs entirely, judging from the language). From a mechanical standpoint, Resident Evil 4 was a game-changer for the series, and there are a good number of classic titles that would benefit greatly from utilizing a similar formula.
What titles you ask? Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and Resident Evil – Code: Veronica are definitely at the top of the list. Resident Evil Zero would be fine too.
Really, all Capcom would have to worry about is maintaining the atmosphere the original games established by not inundating the player with ammo (or at least scale it down based on difficulty), and it looks like that is already being done with Resident Evil 2.
Resident Evil 2 is due out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Jan. 25, 2019