The Resident Evil 2 remake is almost upon us. It looks like it will be a lot longer than its predecessor. At a recent event held in Dubai, as translated by Wccftech, game director Kazunori Kadoi and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi revealed the remake's length. Leon Kennedy's and Claire Redfield's campaigns will be about 10 hours each.
The original Resident Evil 2 wasn't that long of a game. The popular site HowLongToBeat averages Resident Evil 2's playtime as five and a half hours. So, it seems that the remake will be twice as long, and even lengthier for completionists. Like the original, the upcoming game will feature two storylines: Leon's and Claire's, although they will of course overlap.
Capcom revealed to IGN at E3 2018 that the remake uses the "RE Engine," a game engine built for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Biohazard was a return to form for the iconic horror series after the action-heavy Resident Evil 6. Biohazard used atmospheric environments, genuine jump scares, and had an overall claustrophobic feel that made it a legitimately horrifying game. The big difference between the gameplay of Biohazard and Resident Evil 2 is that the latter uses a third person camera angle as opposed to Biohazard's first person view.
Resident Evil is arguably the most popular video game horror series of all time. The second game is known by many fans as the most famous, building upon what was introduced in the first Resident Evil. The game introduced Leon and Claire, characters who would go on to become two of the most popular in the franchise. Although not the highest rated installment on Metacritic (the highest is Resident Evil 4 with a score of 96), Resident Evil 2 is still loved today. The remake is looking to take everything that made the original game good, and expand on it with Resident Evil 7's engine. The result should hopefully be fantastic, and maybe even make it the highest rated game in the series.
Resident Evil 2 will be released next week, on January 25th. A 30 minute demo is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Our review of the game will be up after launch weekend.