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Resident Evil 2 Remake 2019 guide - Demo, release date, gameplay, system requirements and more

Our essential guide to the remastered classic.

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Our Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019) guide covers the demo start and end dates, the release date, system requirements and gameplay details.

A reworked version of the classic 1998 game Resident Evil 2 is due to be released for PC and consoles a little later on this month.

Significantly, the game will abandon the "tank controls" of the original, and instead opt for the sort of third-person shooter gameplay that you'll be familiar with from later entries in the series, such as the critically-acclaimed Resident Evil 4.

In this article, we've pulled together everything you need to know about the Resident Evil 2 Remake release, from details of the upcoming leaked demo, to the kind of hardware you're going to need if you want to play the game on PC.

Once the game is actually live, we'll add in links to all of our supplementary guides designed to help you beat the game, and uncover every last secret contained within it.

Navigation

    1. Overview - Everything you need to know about the remake.
    2. Demo - Leaked details of the demo coming soon.
    4. Trailers - Every trailer that's been released so far.

Overview

Here's an overview of everything that's currently been confirmed for Resident Evil 2 Remake:

  • Release Date: Resident Evil 2 Remake will be released on 25th January 2019.
  • Characters: Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield are the main characters in the game.
  • Campaign: You can play through the game as either of the two characters outlined above. Characters Hunk and Tofu also return in the new version.
  • Controls: This new edition abandons the so-called "tank controls" of the original, and instead recreates the game with a standard third-party perspective.
  • Locations: The adventure is set in Raccoon City, where zombies are of course running amok.
  • Platforms: The game will be released on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. Both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions will feature enhanced visuals, with options to play at 30fps in 4k resolution, or 60fps in 1080p resolution.
  • New Content: The reworked version will include additional puzzles, storylines and areas to explore.
  • Engine: The Remake is being produced using Capcom's in-house RE Engine.

Demo

Here's all the information we have about the rumoured demo for Resident Evil 2 Remake:

  • Start Date: It's expected to be released on 11th January 2019.
  • Platform: We understand it will be exclusive to the Xbox One platform.
  • Content: The demo is reportedly provided with a 30-minute time limit.
  • End Date: Reports suggest that the demo will only be available to play until 31st January.
  • Download: You will need an active internet connection to download and play the demo.

System Requirements

Here's what you'll need to be packing under the hood if you want to run the game at even the minimum level of performance:

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX -6300 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX -9590 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 3GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

Trailers

First up, here's the trailer that was used at E3 2018 to announce the remake:

Here's the official gameplay trailer that was released a little after the original reveal:

Finally, here's the story trailer that was released towards the end of 2018:

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