Capcom has announced that the first "Resident Evil" game is undergoing a remaster for the PlayStation4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. An early 2015 release is planned for Europe and North America.
Originally released in 1996 and then remade in 2002 for consoles, this will update the 2002 version with new graphics, textures, sound, and the ability to switch between classic 4:3 or current 16:19 widescreen mode. The game series has sold over 61 million units to date and is generally considered one of the true cornerstones of the survival horror genre. In an official statement, Capcom says:
"Using the latest resolution enhancement and 3D model technology, game resolutions and textures have been significantly upgraded, including 1080p support on next-gen consoles, resulting in characters and backgrounds coming to life in greater detail than ever seen before in Resident Evil. Not only will the graphics impress but the tense sound effects have been fully remastered with 5.1 surround support for a greater gaming atmosphere.
Players are now able to choose not only between experiencing the terror at the classic 4:3 ratio or a stunning 16:9 widescreen mode but also the type of control scheme they play with. The classic control scheme remains for fans of the original play style or there's an alternative scheme where the character moves directly in the direction of the analogue stick, utilizing the standards of the current generation of gaming. Both the control scheme and the display options can be toggled between at any time during gameplay."