2017 brought the remaster of 90’s icon, Crash Bandicoot, in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy; a successful blueprint that was mimicked (also successfully) in last year’s Spyro Reignited Trilogy. But if numbers behind the demo for the new Resident Evil 2 remake are any indication, the first remake of 2019 might blow the other remastered 90’s titles out of the water.
According to gaming statistics and analytics site, GitHyp, Resident Evil 2’s demo peaked at 11k players on Steam this past weekend, which is nearly triple the amount of Resident Evil 7’s highest hourly player count of roughly 4k players, when the “Beginning Hour” demo was released in 2016.
The demo’s player count is equally as impressive considering the full release of Resident Evil 7 peaked at only 20k concurrent players during its launch. Resident Evil 7 was arguably successful in reviving the longstanding Capcom franchise, but it is clear that fans are ready to dive back into the labyrinth of Raccoon City, once again taking control of franchise-favorite characters, Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy.
As of this writing, the 30-minute one-shot demo has been played nearly 400k times, and that is only on Steam. According to the official Resident Evil website, over 1.5 million players have given the demo a try (with only 28-percent of players actually completing the mission).
Resident Evil 2 is arguably one of the more iconic and best games in the series (there is a reason why they brought Leon back as the main character in Resident Evil 4). With the demo already seeing such success - not to mention the game already receiving praise from early playthroughs - it looks like Resident Evil 2 is shaping up to be one of 2019’s top titles, and possibly even the best game in the entire Resident Evil series.
Resident Evil 2 will be available on January 25th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Be sure to stay tuned to The Gamer for our review of the highly-anticipated remake.