Survival horror games are experiencing a big resurgence. Capcom’s exemplary Resident Evil 2 remake started a new trend, with more remakes and original genre titles following it.
Capcom continued the trend itself with remakes of Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 4. Other developers also got in the mix, with Remedy Entertainment reviving the Alan Wake series and Konami promising to bring back some games of its own.
Here are the three survival horror remakes we’re most looking forward to as the publishers and developers alike focus on this storied genre.
Silent Hill 2 Remake
Konami has already announced the biggest item on our wish list. In fact, the Silent Hill 2 Remake already has a release date that’s been leaked, setting us up for a spring 2024 date with the game’s survivor horror escapades.
Silent Hill 2 was one of the most memorable games released on the PlayStation 2, and it has clearly stuck with many players over the years since its original release in 2001. The original Silent Hill game was a popular release on the first PlayStation, but it was its sequel that really cemented the franchise as one that would stick for years to come.
Many games have been released in the Silent Hill franchise since, with some receiving a very mixed response. That’s a big reason why fans are so excited for Silent Hill 2 to be remade. They have confidence that this game will live up to the franchise’s high standards.
Resident Evil 5 Remake
This one might seem obvious, but it’s not something we can take for granted. While Capcom has remade the first four games in the main Resident Evil series, the fifth game is a very different beast. Starring longtime series hero Chris Redfield, Resident Evil 5 features a much more action-oriented approach.
The game built on Resident Evil 4’s enhanced combat by pushing combat encounters even harder. The tone was also significantly lightened in Resident Evil 5. While the previous game did have some silly elements, it was the fifth game that took it over the top. This is most famously represented by Chris Redfield punching a giant stone boulder into submission while navigating a volcano.
Whether that particular scene would return in a remake is a question that remains to be answered. It’s possible that Capcom might go in a very different direction if it remakes this game, though it could also lean even further into its action styling.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica
While Resident Evil 5 would be fun to see remade, there may not be a game left in Capcom’s franchise that better deserves a remake than Resident Evil: Code Veronica.
Originally released as an exclusive title for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000, Code Veronica is fondly remembered by those who were actually able to play it. The game was brought to other consoles later on, but it still remains a niche title relative to the rest of the series’ games.
That’s a shame, because Code Veronica deserves full attention from players. A remake would ensure that it gets it, and would probably smoothen out a few of its more dated elements at the same time. That’s why Resident Evil: Code Veronica is definitely one of the most deserving survival horror games when considering potential remakes.