It truly is the right time to be into horror game remakes, that’s for sure. The foreseeable future is bookended on all sides by official remakes of some of the genre’s most beloved classics, from the recently announced Silent Hill 2 Remake, to next year’s Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space remakes, and I’m loving it. Of course, this has led to many fans looking farther into the future to hope and speculate as to what classics could be next on the docket to receive remakes. Some were hoping Silent Hill 1 would be the first choice over its more famous sequel, others are interested in seeing Dead Space 2 and 3 get the same fresh coat of paint the original title is getting, but there’s one title in particular that a very vocal set of fans have been begging for (many even in our own comments): Resident Evil — Code: Veronica.
During an interview with Noisy Pixel, Resident Evil 4 Remake producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi was asked directly about the odds of Code: Veronica getting its chance in the sun, and while it isn’t exactly positive, it also isn’t shutting the door.
Hirabayashi-san responded that his focus is currently on the development of Resident Evil 4 Remake and making that the best experience for fans. He continued that there are no concrete plans to develop Resident Evil Code Veronica Remake, but if the “opportunity comes, maybe.”
The ‘REmake‘ series of games has obviously jumped straight past it straight to Resident Evil 4, understandably considering its legacy and potential (see: inevitable) financial success, but that’s still left a lot of fans annoyed that Claire’s second major outing in the series was left behind. To be sure, Code: Veronica X is the lynchpin that holds the first trilogy of games and the second trilogy together, the hyphen to those two eras. Revealing Wesker’s return, deep-diving into Umbrella’s past for what was essentially the first time at that point, introducing the idea of Umbrella’s rivals in the BOW market, and a lot of other extremely important points. That’s all without even mentioning the starring role it gave to fan favorite Claire Redfield, one of only three (narratively) playable appearances she’s made in the series.
While it’s not in the cards just yet, at the very least we have the remarkably good-looking fan remake of Code: Veronica to look forward to. In the meantime, Resident Evil 4 Remake is looking fantastic and releases March 24th, 2023.