After its announcement late last month, Capcom has unveiled the first trailer for the remastered version of Resident Evil Zero.
Originally released in 2002 as a platform exclusive for the Nintendo Gamecube, Resident Evil Zero was a prequel to the original Resident Evil, focusing on Bravo Team’s investigation of the murders surrounding the Arklay Mountains. Set two months before the destruction of Raccoon City in Resident Evil 2, you play as both rookie police officer Rebecca Chambers and escaped convict Billy Coen, with many of the game’s puzzles requiring you to swap between them at will. Its mainly notable for a lengthy segment at the start of a game which took place on a train, and for the fact that it saw a distinct shift away from zombies and towards more outlandish creations and infected wildlife. It was generally received pretty well, though it was clear by that point that the series’ gameplay was in need of a rethink. Capcom clearly felt the same way, as the next game in the series was the classic Resident Evil 4.
With improved sound, new HD visuals, widescreen support and optional modernized controls, Capcom is clearly hoping to capitalize on the recent HD remaster of Resident Evil’s remake on the Gamecube, with which it shares the same engine. Whether Capcom is considering implementing a multiplayer option for this remaster remains unknown, but it seems unlikely. Having played Resident Evil Zero back when it first came out on Gamecube, nothing would be lost by retaining its status as a single-player only title.
Resident Evil 0 HD is set to launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC in early 2016. In the meantime, feel free to check out some of the updated visuals in the trailer down below.