Nightmares Return: Resident Evil HD
Get ready to change your underwear once again – Capcom today announced that the original Resident Evil will be receiving a high definition remake to be released next year.
The original Resident Evil, the daddy of the now flailing survival horror genre, was released for the first PlayStation back in 1996 – a massive eighteen years ago! Yes, I know – that long. I feel so old, I remember playing the original on PlayStation Platinum. Over the years, the original title has sold an absolutely colossal sixty-one million copies worldwide. It’s not the first time that the original Resident Evil has been remade – there was a 2002 Gamecube version of the game, worked from the ground up.
The latest remake will be a remastered version of the original title. Players will return to Raccoon City, and that unforgettable mansion, in the latest remaster which will feature hugely upgraded visuals, allowing for 1080p support on next generation consoles. The environments, characters and enemies will all be re-built using the latest graphical technology.
It’s not only the visuals getting the over-haul, there will also be a remastered soundtrack to the game, including 5.1 surround sound support to increase the tension, atmosphere and generally make you more likely to be afraid of the dark once more.
Players will have the option of playing the remastered Resident Evil in the original 4:3 ratio or make use of the new 16:9 widescreen option. Players will also have the option to make use of the original games’ control scheme, or switch to a more modern controller layout.
It all sounds frighteningly impressive – the nightmares will undoubtedly return for many; even if you’re familiar with scares in the original title, seeing them in glorious 1080p high definition with realistic sound effects is bound to make those unforgettable scenes, which I won’t spoil here for anyone who hasn’t played the original, terrifying again.
Resident Evil will launch in “early” 2015 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.