By Sage Ashford
Video game publisher Capcom revealed in the latest issue of the Japanese magazine Famitsu that they plan on re-releasing the first game in their popular zombie franchise, Resident Evil.
The release is actually a version of the remade game they created in 2002 for the Nintendo Gamecube, which contained newer visuals as well as additional gameplay elements and story details. This would of course point to the game being little more than an HD remake, but according to the press release, both the game’s resolutions and textures have been upgraded, with 720p support for last-gen consoles and 1080p for current-gen.
The re-release will also allow players to choose between the original 4:3 video ratio or a new 16:9 widescreen, as well as grant them the option to switch between the original “tank” controls or an alternative play scheme in which the characters move in the actual direction of the analog sticks.
This return to the series’ roots seems like a logical step after the last release in the franchise, Resident Evil 6, seemed to have failed to reach projected sales numbers back in 2013.
Resident Evil is scheduled to be released in “early 2015” on PS4, XB1, PS3, Xbox 360, as well as PC. For more information, see the YouTube link below featuring Capcom producers Tatsuya Kitabayashi and Yoshiaki Hirabyashi. Be sure to turn the captions on.