Developer(s): Capcom R & D Division 1
Director(s): Kazunori Kadoi and Yasuhiro Anpo
Producer(s): Yoshiaki Hirabayashi and Tsuyoshi Kanda
Designer: Hidehiro Goda
Programmer: Masatoshi Fukazawa
Artist(s): Gez Fry and Satoshi Takamatsu
Composer(s): Shusaku Uchiyama and Zhenlan Kang

Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One

Release Date: January 25, 2019

Imagine a normal mid-western U.S. town, built at the base of a vast forest. Business thrived here, especially with the advent of several new industries. Heck, you couldn't find a more peaceful wilderness getaway than Raccoon City. Then the trouble began... rumors spread about weird creatures being seen after dark and the town was overcome by odd occurrences, mysterious unexplained animal attacks and fatal accidents happening at an alarming rate. Word got out about a severe accident at a lab in the Arklay Mountains, and few knew what was really going on.

In order to quell the growing public unrest, The Raccoon City Police Department hired several new police officers. As he drove into the outskirts of town, a promising recruit named Leon S. Kennedy attempted to call his captain but had no luck in contacting him. Unfazed, he continued into town to start his orientation.

On the other side of town, a distraught teenage named Claire Redfield search for her missing brother Chris. Claire began her search in Raccoon City, where she received her last message from him two month ago. After learning about the mysterious "accident" in the forest, she hoped to find him safe and sound...

Sadly for Leon and Claire, they were completely unaware of the overwhelming world of horror and despair they were both about to enter. Their nightmare was about to begin...


Notable character design stuff
Redesigning the characters was a difficult task, in a VG24/7 interview, Tsuyoshi Kanda stated that the development team are all fans of the series, and when it came to discussing any change to the character design, it was if they had "a hundred different Resident Evil fans all saying ‘I think this is the right way, and this looks best, and this is the most important thing to focus on’".

Claire Redfield Concept art
Leon Kennedy concept art

Claire's design was modernized while keeping the original idea that she is a biker and student. Ada however took a long time to get right for the team. Kanda-san playfully joked at her design in Resident Evil 4 stating that she appears in a "red Chinese dress, being like ‘I’m a spy, by the way…’ You’re going to stand out in Spain wearing that!". In the end they decided to make her look like a more classic spy - someone who is trying to blend in. However, Kanda stated that the "ultimate goal isn’t realism at all costs".

In the same interview, Kanda-san also stated that the Plant 43 enemies were almost "skipped" because the team told him that "it’s really hard to make a plant monster in a more realistic atmosphere". Him and the rest of the team kept discussing about Plant 43 for about an year - "them saying it couldn’t be done and me as producer saying I wanted it in there."

The Lickers in the game are able to get back to walls and ceilings, in an EDGE interview, director Kazunori Kadoi comments on how a junior programmer made that possible, commenting on how a veteran worker would have thought that the Licker is what it was in the original game. He also mentioned that the "not knowing what you can't do" approach of younger developers fit this situation perfectly. (video of the Licker AI can be seen here)

Resident Evil 2 Steelbook Edition (EU exclusive)

Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition (NA version has reversible cover)

Resident Evil 2 Collector's Edition

RE Ghost Survivors Polygon article
Capcom is working on a new game mode for its Resident Evil 2 remake that offers three additional perspectives on the zombie infestation of Raccoon City. That mode, The Ghost Survivors, will be released as a free update to the game, Capcom announced at Resident Evil 2’s launch event in Japan.

The Ghost Survivors will be a side story that focuses on three survivors: Robert Kendo, the firearms dealer who owns Raccoon City’s Kendo Gun Shop; an unnamed member of the Umbrella Security Service; and Raccoon City mayor Michael Warren’s daughter, who meets a tragic fate at the hands of the city’s police chief.

According to a translation of the event from Siliconera, The Ghost Survivors will include randomized scenarios, an enemy unique to the game mode, and a shop where players can purchase items with points they earn in-game. We’ve reached out to Capcom for more details.

In addition to The Ghost Survivors, Capcom has some more free content planned. Low-polygon character model costumes for Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, known as ’98 Leon and ’98 Claire, will be released for the game for free in March.