This weekend, Capcom showcased live PlayStation 4 game play for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake during the Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong conference. The 16 or so minute long video shows producer Tsuyoshi Kanda taking the controller and providing running commentary on what is happening on screen. You’ll need to brush up on your Japanese to understand, if not, the video itself sheds a lot of light on what’s in store.
Protagonist Leon is seen navigating the corridors of what appears to be an abandoned police station, encountering zombies and just generally exploring in the dark as he’s known for. The video depicts normal scenes for the survival horror title with both cops and presumably criminals transformed into undead creepers eager to halt Leon’s progress.
Visually, the game is a faithful recreation of the original, but with the expected graphic overhaul. The demo manages to retain the sinister atmospherics and as Leon advances from room to room, the mood is captured perfectly. Scattered bodies look gruesome and the zombies are terrifying. The demo is packed with gore, the highlight being when a zombie is decapitated by a garage door. Charming stuff.
The whole thing feels unsettling and down right scary, which is perfect for a reboot of possibly one of the best horror games ever made.
Resident Evil 2 Remake releases on January 25th next year on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are already open with a deluxe and collector’s edition packed with extras for the super fans out there.