Fans have been actively voicing their desire for an HD remaster of Resident Evil 2, one of the most popular installments of the Resident Evil/Biohazard franchise. While a next-gen upgrade of Resident Evil 2 has not yet been announced, it seems that developers at Capcom have heard the cries of the fans and are seeing about possibly making it happen. In a post on the official Resident Evil Facebook page, Capcom’s Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, producer of the Resident Evil HD remake, wrote that he pitched a Resident Evil 2 HD project to his boss.
Hirabayashi wrote: “Right after the RE HD Remaster project was finished, I actually started putting together my ideas for this ‘RE2 Project’. So, I just brushed it up and went to see my boss to present the basic concept of the project already…”
The image and post was made available to the public on an official Capcom social channel. So while this is not an official confirmation that Resident Evil 2 HD is happening, it could be a sign that Capcom is looking into it. One issue is probably that Resident Evil 2 would almost have be a ground-up remake that would be considerably more expensive to produce than Resident Evil HD, which was an HD upgrade of the 2002 remake of Resident Evil on the Nintendo Gamecube. Resident Evil 2 never received any such remake later on. The re-release on Gamecube of Resident Evil 2 was merely a port of the original game.
The next HD remastering for the Resident Evil franchise will be Resident Evil 0, which is due out early next year. Arguably, Resident Evil 2 would be the next logical step for a new HD remake, considering how well the HD remastering of the first one did in sales.