A fan modder has added a fixed camera view back to Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2. The original Resident Evil 2 from 1998 is commonly held up as the highpoint of the series, with a pitch-perfect balance of great atmosphere, monsters and scares. Fans had petitioned Capcom for years asking for a remake, with the publisher finally giving in to their demands in 2015. After years of secrecy, the remake was unveiled at E3 2018, revealing it to be a darker and - somehow 0 even gorier take on the original game.

One aspect that sparked minor controversy among the fanbase is that the remake lacked a fixed camera view. This perspective was a part of the series up until 2002’s Resident Evil Zero, after which Resident Evil 4 introduced an over the shoulder, third-person viewpoint that later became standard in action games. Old school fans were really hoping Resident Evil 2’s remake would bring back this perspective, but while Capcom admitted they tried it out, they found an over the shoulder viewpoint just worked better.

Given the acclaim that’s greeted Resident Evil 2 since release, it appears the publisher made the right call. That said, it was only a matter of time until an enterprising modder took it upon themselves to add fixed camera angles, and now Enveloping Sounds has unveiled two videos on YouTube where he did just that. He admitted the game is designed with the over the shoulder view in mind, so he had to add some light sources to pitch black areas to make the mod work.

Leon’s video finds him exploring the gas station from the game’s opening.

Claire’s video finds her at the orphanage and really captures the retro, fixed camera look of the original titles.

It’s an impressive effort and will likely draw the interest of traditional fans. While fixed cameras are a very nostalgic feature to some, other players used to hate the clunky tank controls that came with the original Resident Evil games. A fixed camera also added an element of tension, as players would enter a room and hear a creature off-screen, but not know where it was coming from. Capcom made the right choice by not implementing a fixed camera for Resident Evil 2, but this mod shows it could be a fun piece of DLC in the future.

Resident Evil 2 has been an unquestionable success, selling three million copies in its first week alone. Talk of Resident Evil 8 has already begun, with early rumors suggesting it will pick up the story from Resident Evil 7: Biohazard but will add the viewpoint of the recent remake. Reports also suggest it will resurrect the unused Hook Man concept from Resident Evil 4, where players would be suffering from hallucinations that could attack them, like an unkillable monster with a hook.

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Source: Enveloping Sounds