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By Yoamiwaii, Jan 17 2019 10:54PM

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We’re drawing ever closer to the highly anticipated release day of the Resident Evil 2 remake, and as fans are soaking up all the media, trailers and the 1-shot demo, I thought I’d take a little trip back down memory lane to look at the original Resident Evil 2, and delve into some classic survival horror goodness.

Rewind twenty years to 1998, both in terms of the game’s setting and development. In the case of the latter, it wasn’t a straightforward process to build the game everyone knows and loves today. Progress to create the game ended up hitting quite the bump in the road, and what was initially shown in the press footage and a playable demo early in development was not what we got in the end. What they’d set out to do in the first instance ended up being scrapped late in the process and started from scratch with only a few elements still being utilised towards the final product, which had to have its release date delayed so they could rework the game into a state they were happy with. The scrapped version of the game was around 70-80% complete when they decided to start over – quite a brave thing to do when a lot of time and money had been committed to the project. This version is nicknamed Resident Evil 1.5. This is something I’ve already discussed before, so head on over here if you want to read more about that version of the game. Despite the fraught process to bring the game together, needless to say it was worth the extra wait, as the reception for Resident Evil 2 on release was absolutely phenomenal. It was actually one of Capcom’s bestselling games for quite a number of years after the fact.


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