It's been 18 years since Capcom released the original Resident Evil on the PlayStation back in 1996. The game went on to define the survival horror genre and became the most successful franchise of its kind. It was later remade from the ground up as an exclusive for the Nintendo Gamecube, and featured some of the best graphics we had seen at the time. An article published on the Japanese gaming site Famitsu confirmed earlier this morning that the 2002 remake will be receiving an HD upgrade.
Several screenshots have already been released, with a few showing direct side-by-side comparisons between the two versions of the game. The texture work is immediately noticeable, making the original versions (which we once thought to be graphically amazing), look washed out and drab in relation. It looks as though Capcom may have tweaked the lighting engine as well, though it's too soon to tell exactly how much work went into this new release.
Aside from the obvious graphical upgrade, Capcom will also be giving players another control option with this remaster. Instead of having to use the franchise's infamous tank-style controls, players will be able to set Jill and Chris to move in the direction they are pointing the analogue stick (like most modern games already allow). It may not seem like a major change, but it will certainly help the game reach those who weren't able to adjust to the original, and arguably out-dated control scheme.
Currently, the Resident Evil remaster is slated to release on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The lack of a Wii U version comes as a bit of a surprise, seeing as how the remake was released as part of an exclusivity deal between Capcom and Nintendo, the terms of which may have been either revised or timed out over the years. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be released on November 27th in Japan, though we don't know the North American dates yet. The PS4 and Xbox One versions are set to come out in early 2015, which is when North American and European fans can expect any version of the game. It also seems that Resident Evil will be a download-only title. We'll have more information about this re-release as it becomes available.