Resident Evil has seen a resurgence of remakes in the past couple of years. Following multiple remasters in the early 2010s, Capcom turned their eyes on the original two sequels. Resident Evil 2 and 3 both got the remake treatment, although RE 2 was a more faithful recreation of the PS1 version than RE 3. The Nemesis remake omitted some sections, including the park and clock tower. Tank control fans might be disappointed Capcom integrated the over the shoulder movements from Resident Evil 4 too. Can’t have it all!
Fans inevitably pondered about a remake of Resident Evil Code: Veronica. RE VIII: Village was just released and Capcom was pretty mum at E3, so the possibility is still up in the air. A lot of people consider Code: Veronica to be the true sequel to Resident Evil 2, as Nemesis essentially took place within the same timeframe as the 2nd game. Originally released for the SEGA Dreamcast, Code: Veronica pushed SEGA’s final console to its limits, and fans ate it all up. Although it did not sell as well as its predecessors (due to lower Dreamcast sales), it was one of the highest selling Dreamcast games of all time.
Some folks don’t want to sit and twiddle their thumbs for a Code: Veronica remake; Resident Evil fan Matt Croft took matters into his own hands with a remake of his own. Here’s what Croft and his team had to say about their remake:
It is a remake made by fans that recreates the entire game, following the style of RE 2 and RE 3 Remake and at the same time respecting the original game a lot. Gameplay totally reimagined and adapted, so you can relive the events of Rockfort Island in a whole new way.Matt Croft
The team released a gameplay video at the end of April, which you can check out above. As you can see, it’s a pretty impressive recreation of the game, with the exception of some audio bugs. The lighting is amazing and Claire Redfield’s model looks spot on. According to their site, they planned to add additional modes and expand cutscenes within the game.
Yesterday, they released another video, detailing the progress on Resident Evil Code: Veronica. At the end of the video, they announced a demo immediately available for download. Unfortunately, due to bugs, they took the link down shortly after. They planned to publish the demo as soon as they iron out those pesky bugs.
In my gut, I feel like Capcom will eventually remake Code: Veronica. However, this fan-made game definitely looks quite special. If anything, it can hold fans over when Capcom (hopefully) announces their own project. How is Capcom’s track record of taking down fan games, I wonder? The creators behind this remake are not taking any donations or money, so I would hope they’re in the clear.