Though it has been over a month since the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake, fans have recently discovered that a terrifying enemy was scrapped from the final version of the game.
From running away from a giant, hungry alligator to avoiding the ever-present Tyrant, the game offers genuine thrills and stressful moments. With a big title such as this, there are inevitably going to be some ideas that were left on the cutting room floor. One of these cut concepts was a new enemy.
During a roundtable discussion with the developers of Resident Evil 2, it was revealed that an enemy called "The Condemned" was considered. It would have been a jump-scare related to the orphanage, presumably the sequence in Claire's storyline. You can take a look at the horrific enemy below.
The Condemned definitely fits right into the world of Resident Evil 2. There was no specific reason given for why it was missing the final game. However, as you play through the orphanage as Sherry and later Claire, there isn't much time for a jump-scare such as this one. Arguably, this could have taken away from the Chief Irons conflict. This is under the presumption that this enemy type would have appeared during these sequences, as these are the only times when the orphanage appears in the main campaign.
Another idea that was cut was a fixed camera angle. This would have made the gameplay identical to the original Resident Evil 2. However, as we know, the remake utilizes the RE Engine from Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The development team liked the over-the-shoulder style, and ultimately decided to drop the fixed camera angle.
The Tyrant was also originally given a different, more military-like design (seen below) before the now iconic hat and trench coat look was settled upon. For a fun Easter egg, you can find a police report with a picture of the diner from the original Resident Evil 2 at the Police Station's briefing room. The diner was featured in the original game, but was cut in the remake.
We are now in the third month of 2019, and Resident Evil 2 remains as the top-rated game of the year on Metacritic, with a score of 93. It is a title that perfectly creates an atmosphere of horror and general unease.
DLC was recently added to the game in the form of "Ghost Survivors," and players continue to have fun modding in characters in place of the Tyrant, such as Thomas the Tank Engine. Simply put, Resident Evil 2 has quickly become entrenched in gaming culture, perhaps even more so than the original title.
Resident Evil 2 is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.