E3 2018: here’s ten minutes of gameplay footage from the new Resident Evil 2

By James O'Connor
13 June 2018 01:46 GMT

Resident Evil 2 is getting a massive overhaul, and now we’ve got gameplay footage to see how different it’ll be from the original.

The Resident Evil 2 remaster was announced yesterday during Sony’s E3 presentation, complete with a great trailer. But we wanted more – gameplay footage and details were missing from that initial video.

Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait long. Resident Evil 2 is playable on the show floor, and has been demoed during a PlayStation live stream from E3. The footage is available below.

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The E3 demo lets you play as Leon Kennedy, although Claire will get her own full campaign in the final game, too (and there will be other playable characters from the sound of it – no doubt eagle-eye fans will spot clues in the reveal trailer). The camera now floats over his shoulder, and the UI is much clearer on what you can interact with. It’s dynamic too, swinging in close when a zombie is attacking you.

At one point, the developers call this a ‘new game’ rather than a remake, but it’s still very recognisably RE2. The Raccoon City Police Department is bigger and darker, but it still looks like the same building.

RE2 runs on the RE7 engine, but controls like RE4. Still, there’s going to be “fewer shooter elements” in this one, more in line with the original PlayStation release. The developers compare the game to a Metroidvania, where unlocking new routes and navigating takes precedence over shooting. Bullets will be hard to come by, and the game generally sounds pretty hardcore – zombies can come through doors en masse now, and it only takes a few bites to kill you. In fact, there seem to be quite a few zombies in here.

Perhaps most significantly, the police station has bathrooms now. It’s the little things, you know?

Resident Evil 2 will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 25, 2019.

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