Game Trivia

  • Hideki Kamiya, director of the original Resident Evil 2 said in an interview that he pushed Capcom to create the remake for years. He resigned from Capcom in 2006, and years later met up for drinks with Kazunori Kadoi, who joined Capcom the same year Kamiya did and were good friends. It was during this night out that Kadoi revealed to him that he was directing the Resident Evil 2 remake. Kamiya was floored and overwhelmingly flattered at this news and responded: "What? You're doing WHAT?!...we need to go drinking some more."

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  • During the scene where you enter the gas station, an ice cream freezer is visible with a message that reads: "Herbs Ice Cream: Herbs heal you!" This is a reference to the healing herbs used throughout the Resident Evil franchise.

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  • Due to the game's more photorealistic setting, the design team opted to make changes to the original appearances of the characters; for example, Leon no longer wears large shoulder pads, which were added to distinguish his original, low-polygon model. Ada Wong's red dress was dropped in favor of a trench coat with sunglasses for similar reasons.

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  • The license plate on Claire's motorcycle reads "J2198", which is a reference to the US release date of the original game (January 21, 1998).

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  • The remake was first announced in August 2015, with producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi explaining in a video that the remake had been approved and was in active development, ending the video with the phrase "We Do It."

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  • The "Master of Unlocking" achievement is a reference to Barry Burton's notorious line from the original Resident Evil, released in 1996.

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  • Remaking the original Resident Evil 2 was actually considered as early as 2002, after the release of the remake of the original Resident Evil, but it never got off the ground during that time as series producer Shinji Mikami did not want to divert any attention away from developing Resident Evil 4.

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  • The Resident Evil 2 remake had its own promotional booth at the E3 2018 show, featuring a mock-up police car with the R.P.D logo on the hood and a shattered windshield adorned with fake blood. There were even road barricades placed around the car, painted blue that read "POLICE LINE - DO NOT CROSS RPD".

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  • The game shipped three million copies worldwide in its first week of sales, rising to four million within a month with over one million on PC. It became Capcom's second biggest launch on Steam after Monster Hunter: World. The game debuted at #2 in Japanese sales with 252,848 copies sold in the first week.

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  • Many of the facial appearance of the characters are modeled after real people. Leon's appearance is based on model Eduard Badaluta, Claire's appearance is based on model Jordan McEwen, and Marvin Branagh is based on music producer Patrick Levar.

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  • When the player defeats the final form of William Birkin, an upclose shot of his eyeball and narrowing iris is briefly seen. This is a nod to the title screen of the original Resident Evil 2.

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  • Visible in the Raccoon City skyline is a neon sign that reads "REDRUM" which spells "MURDER" backwards. While this is a reference to Stephen King's book The Shining, this message can also be seen in the original Resident Evil 2, specifically on a wooden board covering up a window in the 1st floor East hallway, near where the news media room is located.

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  • The development team's number one priority was to emphasize horror over action, in order to retain a claustrophobic feel that classic Resident Evil games are known for. They also opted to create a new sense of horror that the original game couldn't capture, such as up-close shots of gore content or when the player is attacked as well as enemies in hiding that could surprise the player. Lighting effects also played a role in this, where some rooms are darker than others and require the use of a flashlight in order to navigate these darkened areas. The game's dynamic sound range was also utilized to alert the player of an enemy nearby and when the enemy sees the player. This is most prominent in Mr. X's footsteps which is also meant to give the player a sense of fear and uneasiness.

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Famous Quote

  • Leon: Hope I don't have to write a report on this...

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  • Leon: You said the virus turned PEOPLE into monsters, not reptiles!
    Ada: Fair point. I'm just impressed you made it in one piece.

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  • Claire: So much for the weed infestation...

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  • Ada: Candy from a baby.

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  • Ada: That bitch knows what she's doing.

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  • Ada: This is getting old! Saving your ass, that's twice!
    Leon: I didn't realize we were keeping score.

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  • Leon: Again?
    Ada: It's not too late to turn back, Leon.
    Leon: No chance. You're stuck with me til the end.

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  • Leon: That's a pleasant smell...

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  • Ada: This is how we get to Annette.
    Leon: Based on what you've said, the sewer seems fitting.
    Ada: Well said. After you.
    Leon: Gee, thanks...

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  • Leon: Oh my god...this is getting worse!

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  • Leon: Holy shit!

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  • Ada: Bravo. Gonna burn me alive now?
    Annette: You'll never get your filthy hands on G.
    Ada: I'm not the only one after it. You realize that.
    Annette: Than you won't die alone.

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  • Leon: Chew on that, you overgrown son of a bitch!

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  • Claire: Now I'm gonna smell like shit...literally.

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  • Leon: JESUS CHRIST!

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