In a continuation of their ongoing trend of teases, Capcom has another costume to show off from Resident Evil 2 Remake. This time it’s a throwback to the original version of RE2, the one which was never fully finished or released. Claire is now leaning into being a biker badass even harder with her new costume, themed after Elza Walker.
That original Playstation version was originally in development from 1996-1997, and is affectionately referred to by fans as Resident Evil 1.5, due to the content and characters it shares with the final game. In that original version, Claire was originally supposed to be Elza Walker, a completely different character who never actually met up with Leon Kennedy.
Elza would crash her bike through the front door of the R.P.D and would battle her way through zombie hordes to meet up with Sherry Birkin and “John”, the civilian who became Robert Kendo in the final game. For those who don’t remember, Kendo is the gun store guy who gets mauled early in the game’s release version. They would then go on to have an entirely different set of adventures, with many different supporting characters.
And even though an alternate story take on Resident Evil 2 might sound cool, Capcom didn’t think so. The original ideas and much of the work done on that first version were scrapped.
Capcom started over, almost completely from scratch, replacing Elza with Claire Redfield in the process, along with many other supporting characters who were eventually replaced in the retail version of the game. So including the reference to that lost character is cool nod for fans.
Check the new DLC costumes in the trailer down below. Resident Evil 2 is due out on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on January 25, 2019. If you’re thinking of throwing extra money at this, you could check in on the Collector’s Edition of the game that features a 12″ statue. And if you’re really a super fan, you could take a peek at the $900 typewriter that’s being bundled with the Limited Edition.
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