With Resident Evil 7 so close to release, there have been various rumors floating around about the game. The most notorious of the rumors is the inclusion of a Resident Evil 2 Remake demo being included with the game; and there are many reasons why this could actually be reality.
Back in August 2016, it was officially announced that Resident Evil 2 was receiving a remake like the original Resident Evil title was given back in 2002 for the Nintendo Gamecube. While the exact reason for the remake coming years later is unknown, there are two plausible ideas as to why.
Back in 2002 when the first Resident Evil Remake was released, fans were in love with it. Resident Evil Remake fixed what was wrong with the original game (such as outdated graphics, horrible voice acting, clunky controls, & more), providing an experience that was not only fun but felt new; even though it was a remake. Players loved the remake so much, when it was announced that the second and third games would also be coming to the Gamecube, everyone expected stellar remakes such as the original. Sadly upon release of the games, they ended up being just poor put together port.
With the lack of a true remake, fans of the series took it upon themselves to make a true Resident Evil 2 remake; and many were incredibly done. One of the most popular remakes was, Resident Evil 2 Reborn, gave fans everything that they gamers wanted out of a Resident Evil 2 remake. Displaying updated graphics, over-the-shoulder camera angles with the ability to move and shoot, and new content made fans drool for the release of the game. It was announced that the project was being shut down by Capcom, though members of the staff working on Reborn were invited to Capcom to “discuss further ideas”. (The developers of Resident Evil 2 Reborn, Invader Games are now working on a new zombie game titled Daymare: 1998. We showcased the a few days ago, which you can check out here). It was unclear what that meant, but all fans knew was that a remake for Resident Evil 2 was once again dead.
The second idea as to why a remake for Resident Evil 2 was coming deals with the remastered releases of the Resident Evil 1 Remake and Resident Evil 0. While the were widely accepted, many wondered as to why the remasters were coming to begin with. Many speculated that the remasters were a way to test the markets, to see if there was a demand for the survival horror series still; or whether fans wanted to stay with the action pack style gameplay found in RE4-6.
Regardless if the speculations were true, the Resident Evil HD collections sold incredibly well; with Capcom even stating they were “Extremely Happy” with the sales figures of the game. Only a few months later, August 2015, Capcom finally released a video announcing that Resident Evil 2 was receiving a remake.
Now why the speculation of the Resident Evil 2 Remake Demo?
Since the announcement of the remake of the second Resident Evil 2 back in August 2015, nothing has been said about the game; no updates on the status of the game, videos, of even images. While this could be due to the announcement of the new Resident Evil 7, this doesn’t explain why the developers have remained overly quite about the title that fans have been waiting for since 2002.
While many players completely forgot about the remake of Resident Evil 2 when the Resident Evil 7 demo was released, many players noticed massive easter eggs in the demo. During one of the demo’s cutaway scene, a code was displayed that led gamers back to Resident Evil 1: Director’s Cut from 1996.
What does Resident Evil: Director’s Cut have to do with anything?
Back in the 90’s, Capcom was known to add demos of their upcoming games (Resident Evil 3 had a demo of Dino Crisis, and vise versa). The Resident Evil: Directors Cut was no exception with the inclusion of a demo for Resident Evil 2. The code for the Resident Evil: Directors Cut is found in the demo for Resident Evil 7. Strange coincidence for the code, or a hint at something that will be coming. With the lack of any info on the Resident Evil 2 Remake, many assume that Capcom has been waiting until now to sneak in the demo into Resident Evil 7. This could be a way to boost the popularity of Resident Evil 7 even more after release.
Keep in mind, there is no word on whether this is will happen; and we don’t expect Capcom to state anything on this. We just have to wait until Resident Evil 7 releases January 24th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.