Capcom has announced today that they are working on remastering Resident Evil 0 for a full HD release later next year.
In Resident Evil Zero, originally released on Nintendo’s Gamecube back in 2002 as a platform exclusive, you play as both rookie police officer Rebecca Chambers and escaped convict Billy Coen. Using the gameplay feature known as the “partner swapping” system, players are forced to switch in-between these two protagonists throughout the entire game – both carrying with them their own set unique abilities. A prequel to the original Resident Evil, the plot focuses on Bravo Team’s investigation to the murders surrounding the Arklay Mountains outside Raccoon City.
After the success of the remastered Resident Evil remake (or as it’s popularly known among fans, REmake), producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi confirmed through a video announcement that the publisher will be delivering a HD version for the current generation consoles. Resident Evil 0 HD producer Tsukasa Takenaka and director Koji Oda also confirmed that they’re be working with original members of the 2002 team in delivering this game.
As a fan of the original games, I couldn’t be more than happy to hear this glorious news. Whilst Resident Evil Zero wasn’t particularly my favorite in the series, I otherwise welcome this remaster regardless, in Capcoms bid in reviving these classic titles. These were games that I grew up with as a kid, and one series of forgotten Resident Evil titles that I’ve been trying to show everyone for years now. With the current sales that Resident Evil Remake has racked up now, hopefully this can serve as wake-up call for Capcom, making them realize that there is indeed strong demand for a return to more traditional survival horror and that the series’ move into more action-focused territory in recent years was ill-judged.
But more than that – with both Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil now reheated for a fresh audience with a lick of paint, will Capcom finally listen to the outpouring of demand from fans for a full remake of Resident Evil 2? We can but hope.
Resident Evil 0 HD is set to launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC early 2016.
Here’s the video from Capcom detailing the game and the changes made to it since it originally hit shelves over a decade ago, along with a sole announcement screenshot: