Resident Evil will make its PS4 and Xbox One debut next year. Capcom announced today that they're remaking the first game in the survival horror series for new-gen consoles, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
In Resident Evil, an elite S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) team is sent to investigate murders outside Raccoon City. The team is attacked by vicious dogs, forcing them to take shelter in a nearby mansion. However, they quickly learn that this mansion is far from safe. They'll have to fight a range of horrific mutants while carefully rationing their ammunition and other supplies. The game can be played from the perspective of either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine.
RE was initially released on PSOne in 1996. The 2015 Resident Evil isn't based on that version, though. Instead, Capcom used the 2002 GameCube remake as a starting point. The GameCube version introduced new visuals and plot elements along with features like defensive weapons.
"Using the latest resolution enhancement and 3D model technology, game resolutions and textures have been significantly upgraded, including 1080p support on next-gen consoles, resulting in characters and backgrounds coming to life in greater detail than ever seen before in Resident Evil," said Capcom of the 2015 remake. "Not only will the graphics impress but the tense sound effects have been fully remastered with 5.1 surround support for a greater gaming atmosphere."
The display and controls have both retro and modern settings. You can play the game in 16:9 widescreen mode or opt for the more "classic" 4:3 ratio. The original control scheme remains intact. However, players can also choose an alternate scheme that lets their character move in the direction the analog stick is pushed.
I'd like to think that this remake is a sign that Capcom is returning to RE's roots. Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 were co-op shooters rather than survival horror games. It would be great if Resident Evil 7 brought back the scares and tension that made the early games in the series so memorable. However, RE5 and RE6 are two of Capcom's top three best-sellers so a reset of the series might be a pipe dream.
Capcom didn't provide a release date for the Resident Evil remake. However, they did say it's arriving on the "early" side of 2015.
The first screenshots of the remake are below. Some of the images show a side-by-side comparison between the 2015 and 2002 version's graphics.