In 1996, the Survival Horror genre was established with the release of the first Resident Evil for the PlayStation, and the series has brought cool and thrill to every generation of consoles.
Earlier this year, we announced that Resident Evil 7 (2017), Resident Evil 2 (2019), and Resident Evil 3 (2020) were making their way to the PlayStation 5, and current owners of the PlayStation 4 version of these games will be on the PS4 to Digital PS5. Eligible for upgrades at no additional cost through the upgrade option. I’m glad to announce that the PS5 version of the three titles will be available in the PlayStation Store today.
These upgrades include features like Ray Traced Visual, 3D Audio and Dualsense Wireless Controller support that will offer deeper immersion and we’re really excited for you to get your hands on them. In this blog, I will reflect on some of the things that make these games so special.
A new perspective on fear
When released in 2017, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard completely ignited the bio-hazard pot, we focused on the scary side, as fast-paced gameplay and the third-person perspective of modern Resident Evil games evolved into a slow, scary first-person experience. Which puts you in the shoes of the main character, Ethan Winters, as he explores the dark nooks and crannies of the Baker Estate.
With the remake of Resident Evil’s gameplay for this title, our goal was to focus on the fear of the unknown – just as many years ago when players got their hands on the first game and had no idea what to expect, this new setting, character and first -The person’s perspective is made for a completely unfamiliar ground and is really a new kind of horror. That said, we’ve also made sure that the game feels like a real Resident Evil game in many ways, from “Baker House” like “Mansion” to the well-known herbalist preserving the terrifying elements of survival.
The game also marks the debut of the then-new in-house RE engine, which means we can take the game’s audio-visual quality to a whole new level on the PlayStation 4. Surface. With the power of the PlayStation 5 now enhancing the visuals, you can experience the horror anew!
A horror legend reborn
As the development of the RE engine came together, allowing for a higher level of visual presentation, the development team felt that it was finally time to revisit the classic RE titles for which we have received countless requests from fans to remake for the modern era. The first title we chose was Resident Evil 2.
As fans of the legendary original game, we wanted to approach this remake with the utmost care and respect, not only for the work of the original development team but also for what the game meant for the players. It was difficult and sometimes contradictory to keep up with new and innovative ideas that would modernize the game while keeping the original faithful, but with the power of the RE engine and PlayStation, fans were once again able to set foot in the Radakun Police Department. Leon and Claire.
While every aspect of the game’s visuals has been redesigned to create an environment that is beyond the memory of fans, the dark, abandoned corridors of police stations have become more atmospheric than ever before, especially the zombies, which we have focused on terribly realistic. Let me just say that a zombie bite didn’t look more believable than a shiny, wet gore!
An old nemesis returns
After the Resident Evil 2 remake, we set out to revisit the next chapter in the series which again brought disaster to Radhakun City. Resident Evil 3 (2020), players experience Jill Valentine’s last escape from a devastated city, clearly re-imagined by the RE engine – but with endless horror during gameplay, not much time to visit the sights!
When it comes to Resident Evil 3, we need to talk about the iconic nemesis. The team was able to create our work based on the oppressive, “Final BOW” from Resident Evil 2 to bring the Nemesis character to life. Combining all our experiences using motion capture and photogrammetry for Resident Evil 7 Biohazard and Resident Evil 2 means that this new version of Nemesis could be one of the most formidable foes in the history of the series and indeed the videogame.
Whether you’re the owner of the PlayStation 4 version upgrading, or enjoying these games for the first time on the PlayStation 5, I’m sure you’ll enjoy every minute of these modern horror classics.