Resident Evil 2 is the latest game to ride the wave of ‘90s nostalgia that has swept into the market.
The iconic 1998 horror game is being remade, publisher Capcom has announced. The news comes just two months after Square Enix revealed that its own 1990s epic – Final Fantasy VII – is being recreated for release in 2017.
Other ‘90s revivals include the recent Chart-Track No.1 Rare Replay, a new game in the long-dormant Shenmue series and the upcoming Super Mario Maker, a game that delves into Mario’s back catalogue of 2D platformers.
“Nostalgia is a powerful thing,” said Capcom brand manager Brian Ayers.
“As we get further away from the ‘90s, the rose-tinted glasses start to come out, and a fondness forthe period starts to creep back-in. It runs through everything from fashion to music to film, and games are now an established enough culture that they’re affected, too.”
Gavin Price, studio head at Playtonic Games, which is developing Yooka-Laylee – a game inspired by 1990s 3D platformers – added: “The longer time passes with such experiences missing-in-action, the more and more the pressure builds to do something reminiscent. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, I would say.
“A plainer explanation would also be that there has never been a better environment and set of circumstances to allow creators the freedom to do what their hearts desire.”