updated 03:27 pm EDT, Wed August 6, 2014
Remake based on 2002 version of game, said to retain the same atmosphere
Capcom announced this week that it's giving one of the first hit PlayStation games a high-definition makeover for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Horror fans will be happy to know that Resident Evil is getting the treatment, based on the remade version that was brought to the GameCube in 2002.
Resident Evil features the story of two members of the Special Tactics and Rescue Service that were tasked with tracking down a missing recon team in Raccoon City. Players are able to step into the shoes of Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield as the team conducts the search, only to find themselves stuck in an eerie mansion with more secrets than answers. Resident Evil injected life into the survival horror genre, forcing players to take risks, solve puzzles and survive on limited resources.
The 2002 version of Resident Evil brought a number of improvements over the original release for PlayStation in 1996. New visuals, environments, pieces of story and additional gameplay were added at the time. However, it was done in a way that was meant to capture the feel of the original game, so as to not alienate old fans while drawing in additional ones.
The company says that it is maintaining the feel of the original game, while taking it apart to update it for the current lineup of consoles and computers. Graphics will be bumped up to 1080p on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, bringing more detail to the dark environment. The screen ratio of the game is also being changed from the original 4:3 to a 16:9 widescreen view. Players can also choose to go back to 4:3.
Sound is being updated to 5.1 surround, giving more depth to the frights and intense environment. Players can also choose from two different types of controls, including the original control scheme or one based on the current generation, which sees characters move in the direction of the analogue stick. Both the controls and aspect ratios can be changed during gameplay.
Capcom didn't give a release date for the new HD version of Resident Evil, but did say that it would be out in early 2015 in North America and Europe. The title will be a download rather than physical release.