Capcom are on fire this gen. I mean, it’s hard not to appreciate their strategy, isn’t it? They’re constantly bringing back a wide range of their greatest hits, from remasters to remakes, as well as building on franchises that hardly need an introduction. One such franchise is Resident Evil, a series that’s had more ups and downs than a fiddlers elbow. Capcom are set to bring back one of the most iconic entries in the franchise so far via a complete remake, Resident Evil 2. Though, discussion is already focused on its sequel.
I wont beat around the bush, I’ve been harder than most on Capcom and Resident Evil, simply due to the bad taste in my mouth left from the shitty Resident Evil 6. Mercifully, Resident Evil VII revitalized the franchise significantly, so much so that many are eagerly awaiting what comes next. The answer to that is the aforementioned remake of the second game and from what we’ve seen, Resident Evil 2 Remake looks like a return to form for the third-person horror. Everything appears to be on point, and completely faithful to the original.
Though, during Gamescom, Capcom have already been asked whether or not they would remake Resident Evil: Nemesis, and to everyone’s delight, they haven’t disregarded the idea at all. In fact, quite the contrary. Capcom has stated that a remake of Nemesis is not out of the realm of possibility, even further stating that a remake of Resident Evil’s Remake is not a totally crazy idea. Let’s focus on the former, though. Would a remake of Nemesis be a good fit? Yes, it most certainly would, and above all else, it absolutely makes the most sense.
Why? Well, outside of the fact that Nemesis is one of the best games in the series alongside Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil Code Veronica, it’s also the only canon entry that is not available on current gen hardware. Fans can enjoy Resident Evil, soon Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil VII, making Nemesis the only canon game not readily available. It would be nice to see Nemesis added, and then perhaps an anthology collection that includes each mainline game in the series so far.
If we travel back in time, you’ll remember that Resident Evil Nemesis released in close succession to Resident Evil 2, and this is largely because Capcom were able to use many of Resident Evil 2’s assets to create Resident Evil Nemesis. This is simply because Nemesis loosely takes place in the same location as Resident Evil 2 and at around the same time. Could Capcom use that same format in the current day? Well, arguably they could, but they wouldn’t get away with it as much as they did back in the golden age of survival horrors.
Still, with that in mind, it would take much less effort for them to work with the assets at hand then it would to create from scratch. Perhaps they’re awaiting sales and reception results from the Resident Evil 2 Remake before internally green lighting production, but I guarantee that this has already been discussed among them. Now, as for the game itself, I stand by what I said above, Nemesis is one of the better games in the series so far and certainly one of the most tense and terrifying, simply due to the titular freak; Nemesis.
This gigantic towering beast would stalk the player throughout the course of the game, oftentimes showing up immediately with little warning to put a damper on the players progression. Back then, this was scripted and he would turn up at the same time regardless as to whether it was your first run of your hundredth run. Though in modern day gaming, Capcom could truly take this formula to the next level and make him show up dynamically and at random. It’s food for thought, and it’s certainly thought-food that I’ll be chowing on soon after the release of Resident Evil 2.
It would also be nice to see Jill taking more of a spotlight role too through the remake, who in my opinion, just hasn’t had that much time in the main seat for my liking over the years. Much of Raccoon City would have been created for use in Resident Evil 2, so Capcom need only build on some more surrounding locations and alter some existing assets to create the groundwork for a Nemesis remake. I certainly wouldn’t scoff at the idea of spending more time in this iconic city, would you? I guess only time will tell, but my money is on its likelihood.
Resident Evil Nemesis would most certainly work in remake form. I think the reception so far for its predecessor’s remake has shown us this. That, and as outlined above, Nemesis is the only mainline entry that isn’t available on current hardware, so it would neat to have the complete story laid out. What about you? Would you like to see a comeback for Nemesis? Or would you rather that one stay dead and buried? Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing Outbreak I and II and Code Veronica coming back. Hit the comments below to make yourselves heard.