Resident Evil 2’s director is deeply excited for the remake, especially since it’s being led by a friend at Capcom.
Resident Evil 2 director has been pestering Capcom about remake
Apparently it’s not just players who beg publishers to work on specific remakes or sequels – sometimes its game creators themselves. Take Resident Evil 2’s original director, Hideki Kamiya, who must be overjoyed about the recently announced remake. As it turns out, he felt so strongly about a remastered RE2, that he was bugging Capcom about it on a regular basis.
“Behind the scenes, I go drinking with Jun Takeuchi quite often,” Kamiya told Polygon. “Every time I would go drinking with him I would pester him: ‘You’re going to remake that, right? You’re going to remake that, right? You’re going to remake that, right?’ And he’d say, ‘No, we’re busy with other games’.”
“The director of the remake is actually somebody who joined Capcom the same year that I did,” Kamiya continued. “We worked closely together on the Resident Evil design team. We were both game designers. When [Resident Evil 2] started, I went to direct that game. He went and worked on Mega Man Legends. We go out drinking now and again, and one time he was like, ‘By the way I’m directing the remake of RE2.’ I was like, ‘What? You’re doing what?!’ After I heard that, I felt like … we need to go drinking some more.”
Going by these comments, it’s possible Kamiya is referring to Kazunori Kadoi – the director behind Mega Man Legends. Capcom hasn’t confirmed or denied the suggestion, but to Kamiya, getting the remake is exciting enough.
“Just from a creator’s perspective, to know that something that you made still resonates, and people still want to play it, and that Capcom is going to invest all that time and energy into remaking it, is really an honor,” he said. “That’s saying it, independent of the fact that one of my friends is making it. Looking at what Capcom is doing right now, and what they’re making, I have a lot of confidence that they’re going to knock it out of the park.”