The city skyline used in the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake is actually just Montreal, Québec.
So does this mean that Capcom expects the zombie apocalypse to take place in Montreal?
In case you haven’t heard, Capcom is remaking Resident Evil 2. And we’re not talking about a mere remaster--we’re talking a total and complete remake where everything about the game is brand new except for the plot, characters, and some of the level design.
Another thing that’s brand new is the city. It still takes place in the fictional Raccoon City--where the equally fictional Umbrella Corporation unleashes a virus that turns the city’s population into a horde of mindless, brain-thirsty zombies--but the actual images used to represent Raccoon City are totally real.
As pointed out by user HarpoTheSquid on the Montreal subreddit, the image used for the splash screen for Resident Evil 2 is exactly the same as the real-life Montreal skyline.
Now, we know that Montreal has a ton of game developers working there, including EA, Ubisoft, and Eidos (among many others), but Capcom doesn’t have a Montreal studio. Resident Evil 2 is being made by their Japanese team. So why Montreal for Raccoon City?
This isn’t the first time that a Canadian city has stood in for Raccoon City. As one Redditor pointed out in response to the original post, Toronto was used in the first two Resident Evil movies to represent Raccoon City, with Toronto City Hall eventually serving as ground zero for a nuclear explosion that wipes out the town.
The resemblance is more than uncanny - that's quite clearly 1000 de la Gauchetiere tower, right there in the center of the photo, and La Tour McGill's pyramid top is lit up just to the right of that.
Could this be a huge easter egg for die-hard Resident Evil fans with encyclopedic knowledge of Canadian geography? Probably not. But you never know.
Resident Evil 2 will be completely revamped from its 1998 original. Instead of fixed camera angles, RE2 will switch to an over-the-shoulder camera similar to Resident Evil 4, and just like in RE4, Leon S. Kennedy will have to fight his way free of a zombie apocalypse, although he won’t have to rescue the President’s daughter while he’s at it this time.
The game will use the same engine as Resident Evil 7, so we’re guaranteed some amazing visuals too.
Resident Evil 2 releases on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on January 25th.