By Bryan Smith on June 21, 2016 at 7:56pm
Speaking with Polygon, the original director for "Resident Evil 2" and current founder of PlatinumGames Hideki Kamiya discussed how he was elated that "Resident Evil 2" is getting a remake and even remarks how he asked for it to be remade.
Take note that Kamiya is not involved with the remake, but it certainly seems that the director for the remake (hinted at being Kazunori Kadoi but not confirmed as of yet) and Capcom as a whole has been given Kamiya's full blessings.
We worked closely together on the Resident Evil design team. We were both game designers. When [Resident Evil 2] started, I went to direct that game. He went and worked on Mega Man Legends. We go out drinking now and again, and one time he was like, "By the way I'm directing the remake of RE2." I was like, "What? You're doing what?!" After I heard that, I felt like ... we need to go drinking some more.
Just from a creator's perspective, to know that something that you made still resonates, and people still want to play it, and that Capcom is going to invest all that time and energy into remaking it, is really an honor. That's saying it, independent of the fact that one of my friends is making it. Looking at what Capcom is doing right now, and what they're making, I have a lot of confidence that they're going to knock it out of the park.
Kamiya went as far to say that he prodded longtime "Resident Evil" designer Jun Takeuchi to remake "Resident Evil 2."
Behind the scenes, I go drinking with Jun Takeuchi quite often. Every time I would go drinking with him I would pester him: "You're going to remake that, right? You're going to remake that, right? You're going to remake that, right?" And he'd say, "No, we're busy with other games."
As a fan of that game, not just someone who made it, I'm really happy that they listened to me — to us.
"Resident Evil 2 Remake" was officially announced not too long ago in August 2015. The last big "Resident Evil" titled released was "Resident Evil: Revelations 2" back in 2015. As of E3 2016, the next big "Resident Evil" title (not including "Umbrella Corps") will be "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard," which will wade into new territory for a main canon entry and go first-person and will release (assuming there aren't any delays, of course) on January 24, 2017.