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Capcom: There'll be no Resident Evil 3 remake without fan support

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A zombie from Resident Evil 2 with half its face chewed off
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One of the most iconic horror games, Resident Evil 2, has got its remake and for all intents and purposes - it's one worth playing. Had there not been for passionate fans and their letters, Capcom pointed out, it never would've happened.

Speaking to Japanese website Game Watch, Resident Evil 2 remake producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi said that not even the fact that 21 years have passed since the original quelled the fans' passion, and letters to Capcom kept coming.

Anyone remotely familiar with Resident Evil 2 shouldn't be surprised, because not only did Capcom's game play a huge role in defining the genre itself, it remains one of the firm fan favourites even today. Well, now it sports slightly altered garments, but its popularity barely waned.

It didn't take long for the conversation to switch to Resident Evil 3 though, as it was conceived to deliver a more action-packed title with a different protagonist. Being set in the same time and place with RE2, RE3 used plenty of its predecessor's assets so the question of whether Capcom will remake it, quickly changes to when will they do so?

Hirabayashi explained that even though it was not the case with the original, elements of RE3 can be felt in Resident Evil 2's remake, although his main focus in development was to simply explore what can be done to make Raccoon City better and more playable after all this time.

However, Hirabayashi stressed that any notion of remaking Resident Evil 3 will firmly rest on the response by fans. If players really end up enjoying Resident Evil 2's remake and asking for the remake of 3, he said - then that will be as good a starting point as any to start the development process.

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Asked whether we may see the return of the tanky controls of old, even if it's only as DLC in the new-old Resident Evil 2, Hirabayashi laughed it off. He said that Capcom have worked hard to retain the essence of the game, in spite of the camera change, so the so-called tank controls are definitely not coming back.

You can find the interview here (in Japanese).