It seems even the original director of Resident Evil 2 is excited by the earlier news that Capcom will be developing a remake of the zombie action game. Hideki Kamiya went on record saying that he would regularly pester high up Capcom staff asking for the game to be remade.
“Behind the scenes, I go drinking with Jun Takeuchi quite often,” Kamiya told Polygon. “Every time I would go drinking with him I would pester him: ‘You’re going to remake that, right? You’re going to remake that, right? You’re going to remake that, right?’ And he’d say, ‘No, we’re busy with other games’.”
The thing is, it’s not Hideki Kamiya is working on Scalebound with PlatinumGames, so he’s not involved in the remake of one of his favourite titles he’s worked on before. But he’s super excited by the prospect of seeing such a momentous, fan-adored game getting remade for the current generation.
“The director of the remake is actually somebody who joined Capcom the same year that I did,” Kamiya continued. “We worked closely together on the Resident Evil design team. We were both game designers. When [Resident Evil 2] started, I went to direct that game. He went and worked on Mega Man Legends. We go out drinking now and again, and one time he was like, ‘By the way I’m directing the remake of RE2.’ I was like, ‘What? You’re doing what?!’ After I heard that, I felt like … we need to go drinking some more.”
“Just from a creator’s perspective, to know that something that you made still resonates, and people still want to play it, and that Capcom is going to invest all that time and energy into remaking it, is really an honor,” he said. “That’s saying it, independent of the fact that one of my friends is making it. Looking at what Capcom is doing right now, and what they’re making, I have a lot of confidence that they’re going to knock it out of the park.”
See, it’s not just us gamers who continually call for remakes or remasters, it’s also those responsible for the games in the first place. Still, it might be some time before we see Resident Evil 2 Remake, as there are no signs of a release window as of yet.