Resident Evil fans are in for some good news. Capcom has announced that it will be releasing the Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster for Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Buoyed by the success of its Resident Evil (HD Remastered) - the remastered version of the classic Resident Evil game for PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, which raked in over 1 million sales - Capcom divulged on Tuesday, May 26, at an event in Japan that it would be releasing a remastered version of Resident Evil 0 as well.
Resident Evil Zero - the prequel to the original Resident Evil - is poised for a release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One by early 2016 in Japan. The announcement marks a first for the as this is the first time the title will be available for non-Nintendo platforms. However, no Wii U version has been announced by the developer.
Earlier in December 2014, a Biohazard Zero game icon had popped up on developer Capcom's Japanese site, hinting that a remastered version was in the works.
Resident Evil Zero was originally exclusive to GameCube and in 2008, it was re-released for Wii users in Japan. It was in 2009 that the horror survival title made its way to North America under the label Resident Evil Archives. It was Resident Evil Zero that introduced the popular "partner zapping" system that enables gamers to swap between characters in order to take advantage of their exclusive skill sets.
The title also features popular characters Billy Coen and Rebecca Chambers. Capcom revealed screenshots of the two characters in its announcement. Koji Oda, the director of the original version of the game in 2002 will return to direct the remastered edition..
The remastered version of the game will also tout improved audio, graphics and a slew of new features per the announcement.
At an investor meet earlier in May, Capcom hinted that the HD Remasters of the developers' "catalog hit titles" would be its focus and a "key" business activity.
With Capcom only revealing a vague "early 2016" release date for Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster's Japanese release, one will have to wait for region-specific pricing and edition details to be divulged.