Capcom brought the hammer down.
The developer behind the anticipated fan remakes of Resident Evil 1 (1996) and Resident Evil: Code Veronica (2000) has confirmed via Twitter, that both projects had been “officially canceled by Capcom.”
The intention behind these fan projects was to reimagine the old-school titles with better graphics and a more modern third-person shooter perspective, akin to what Capcom did with the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes. Given that Capcom seemingly skipped both RE1 and Code Veronica, a fan developer named Briins looked to put matters into their own hands and give these titles the remake treatment themselves.
This project had been in development for a while, with long playthroughs available to watch on YouTube showcasing the game in action. However, Briins confirmed that Capcom requested the project be shut down. As posted by YouTuber Biohazard Declassified, Briins stated, in their official Discord channel, that Capcom had been contact with them over a few emails, asking where the developer got the game’s models.
After a few relatively cordial exchanges, Briins stated that they “received another email from another department of Capcom, demanding that we cancel the project and that we immediately delete the web page.” Briins went on to explain that the email “began to recite the laws of the United States” and concluded with Capcom affirming that this project could not use the Resident Evil name or characters.
Biohazard Declassified, as well as numerous commenters on social media, seem to believe there’s a clear reason for the cancelation. Apparently, developer Briins was accepting donations for the project, so, while they weren’t directly exchanging money for the game, they were, in a way, profiting from a Capcom-owned IP. Though some publishers/developers have shown leniency to fan projects when no money is being made, it’s usually a different story when such is the case.
Some fans hoped that perhaps this meant that an official Code Veronica remake was in the works, but this is unlikely. Briins themselves stated that “there seems to be no official Code Veronica [remake] in sight .” Furthermore, the original Code Veronica released between the original Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 3 remake released in 2020, and there’s a Resident Evil 4 remake slated for March 24, 2023.
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