It’s official: the free fan remake of Resident Evil 2 has been canceled at the request of Capcom, the folks who actually own Resident Evil 2. But at least the corporation was somewhat cool about it.
Italian indie studio InvaderGames has been working on Resident Evil 2: Reborn for a while now, remaking the original Playstation classic in Unreal Engine 4 to give it some spiffy looking visuals. But it announced today on its Facebook page that the project is no more, noting that Capcom asked pretty nicely about putting a stop to Reborn, and even invited the studio to meet the Resident Evil developers. As far as cease and desist letters go, that’s about the best-case scenario anyone could hope for, and it seems like the attention the fan project got might have spurred Capcom into finally committing to their own Resident Evil 2 update.
InvaderGames says in their update that they’re not just okay with stopping the project, they’re pretty happy to do so.
“Contrary to what might be thought, this is wonderful news for us and, as fans, we’re so happy that Capcom has decided to take the lead of the project and to develop the remake awaited for years by everybody (nobody could bring back to life the masterpiece of 1998 better than the creators themselves),” the studio’s post says.
It also states that their meeting with Capcom might include the opportunity to share some ideas on the RE2 official remake—which might mean the hard work InvaderGames put in won’t all go to waste. Now, Resident Evil fans, feel free to get started on the “Good Guy Capcom” memes.