By Yoamiwaii, Apr 8 2017 08:00AM
[Article by: Amiwaii]
Game development isn’t a straight forward process, not by a long shot. Going from the drawing board to releasing a completed title can be a rollercoaster ride that can be up one minute and down the next. How a game may have been conceptualised in the beginning isn’t strictly how it will turn out at the end of the process. It might start out in one form but then transform into something else due to technical problems or creative deviations. In the case of Resident Evil 1.5 – which was supposed to be the Resident Evil 2 we were due to get in 1997, the rollercoaster cars pretty much careened off the tracks when everything Capcom created – which has been said to have been about 70-80% of a completed game – was tossed out of the window; after which, they started again, delaying the game for nearly a year before its final release.
Resident Evil 1.5 wasn’t all that far flung from what we eventually got as retail Resident Evil 2. It was still set in Raccoon City with a portion of the game based at the police station before leaving by the sewers to eventually end up at Umbrella’s underground laboratory; but there were certainly things like the design and particular elements of progression that definitely set 1.5 apart from 2, amongst other changes. 1.5 was the ‘what might have been’ scenario that has become something of a cult topic in Resident Evil circles ever since it was canned. Because there was so much aesthetically and mechanically different that set it apart from the retail release, it has remained a fascinating subject that has been latched onto by curious fans all these years after.