Let’s begin with a summary of just what Resident Evil 1.5 is for those unaware.
Resident Evil 1.5 was the original build of what we know as Resident Evil 2 today. The game featured new mechanics, new enemies, and new characters that were not included in Resident Evil 2. The project was scrapped by Capcom at 60 - 80% completion because it was “Too dull and boring.”
Some of the major differences was the inclusion of a different female protagonist. While the iconic male protagonist, Leon Kennedy is still present, instead of Claire Redfield, a different character, Elza Walker was introduced as a college student living in Raccoon City and returns from a holiday out of town to the city in ruins and full of the Undead.
The Raccoon City Police Department was drastically different from the one we’ve come to know. Instead of the Art Museum turned Law Enforcement Facility, the Police Department was very modern in design and reflected the typical PD of the times.
Lastly, supporting characters such as Sherry Birkin, Ada Wong, Marvin Branagh, and Police Chief Brian Irons served a bigger purpose in aiding the protagonists in their escape from the city.
Now, what does this have to do with anything?
A while back, a small, private modding community was able to get their hands on a build of Resident Evil 1.5 that was show by Playstation Museum that was only 40% complete. With the combined efforts of various Resident Evil information sites and their excellent modding skills, this community has been working diligently to rebuild Resident Evil 1.5 and make it a full game, while remaining as faithful to the original concept and story as possible. They’ve even gone so far as to make full translations in several different languages.
Over the last year, they’ve uploaded videos and posted screenshots of their work, showing their ability to create brand new pre-rendered areas that blend in with the already completed areas seamlessly. While they don’t open up very much about their work, they have given some information through their various videos.
As of this Halloween, they uploaded a video of brand new gameplay and areas created by themselves and hinted at an announcement this holiday season. Word is that they’re nearing the completion of their project and a release around the corner. A release date will be set this Christmas Day. Could we finally be seeing the release of the long sought-after Resident Evil 1.5?
Below are videos of the original build of the game, and the rebuilt fan version of the game, along with some nifty screenshots.
So, who’s excited to see this gem finally brought to life?