San Diego Comic-Con is taking place right now and is ending tomorrow. Capcom revealed some important details about its Resident Evil 2 Remake at the event, including the US Collector’s Edition, the official box art, and more. Join me as I list everything we learned about the game at event.
Leon’s younger look in Resident Evil 2
During the event, one of the things the remake’s producer, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, spoke about was Leon’s younger look. “Compared to later entries, the goal was to give him more of a fresh-faced rookie look in contrast to the hero that he becomes later on in the series.” a post on PS Blog reads. “…a lot of thought was put into how Leon’s new, yet classic, look would work with modern photorealistic graphics. As a result, the team created a physical version of Leon’s costume, using photogrammetry technology to scan his clothes into the game and added minor details and changes afterwards.”
Claire has never looked this good! And the team at Capcom had “quite a bit” of discussion on how to design her. “Ultimately, the team decided on an appearance that would line up with the iconic scene of Claire entering Raccoon City on her motorcycle.”
Hirabayashi also shared some details about Raccoon City which will be the setting for the entire game. “For the city itself, the team put a major focus on two concepts that permeate throughout the game: A sense of wetness, and playing off a fear of the dark. Using the powerful RE Engine, the team has been able to achieve their goal of creating a sense of dread through these visual cues.” It was revealed that the game will take place on a rainy day, and parts of the city will be flooded.
The game’s box art features Leon and Claire on top as they stand back to back and fight off zombies, and on the bottom is the Raccoon City skyline.
The Collector’s Edition
Finally, there’s the much anticipated Collector’s Edition. This is the US version, by the way. A European version will be announced at a later date. The Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition includes:
Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition
– Full Game
– Special Deluxe Packaging
– Extra DLC Pack Card
Give Leon and Claire a new look or a blast from the past with unique costumes:
– Leon Costume: “Arklay Sheriff”
– Leon Costume: “Noir”
– Claire Costume: “Military”
– Claire Costume: “Noir”
– Claire Costume: “Elza Walker”
Ensure the undead stay undead with a special weapon:
– Deluxe Weapon: “Samurai Edge – Albert Model”
And bring on the nostalgia with classic tunes:
– “Original Version” Soundtrack Swap
Leon S. Kennedy (R.P.D. Version) Figure
An expertly-crafted 12-inch figure of Leon on his first day in his new RPD police uniform, re-created to mirror his in-game design down to the smallest details. A must-have for any Resident Evil fan or collector!
“Ben’s File” Art Book
A 32-page book left behind by Ben Bertolucci, a freelance journalist who makes an appearance in Resident Evil 2. This file contains photos and files documenting events after the Raccoon City tragedy, and was filed away as a highly confidential document by the U.S. government. It’s never been seen by the public… until now.
A voucher code for a 25-track album featuring new songs from the remake of Resident Evil 2, as well as a selection of arrangements from the original game.
“R.P.D.” Renovation Design Poster
A diagram reminiscent of blueprints, this poster illustrates how the building was renovated and transformed from a museum to a police facility when work was being done on the building in 1969.
Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order exclusively at GameStop and EB Games in North America for $199.99. An EU version will be announced at a later date. The game will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on January 25, 2019.