It’s January, and that means we’re standing pretty close to the release date of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. And as is the norm when we’re closing in on a new game’s launch, related rumours have started pouring in- though they have to do with another game in the series that has long been in the works. So as far as speculation goes, fans may be able to get their hands on the Resident Evil 2 Remake Demo along with the launch of Resident Evil 7 itself.
Fans have been scouring through whatever footage Capcom has released till now related to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and the latest clue has been spotted in the game’s Beginning Hour demo. Reddit user zisforzombiez has discovered a numbered coding in one of the sequences of the Resident Evil 7 Demo which may be an intentional throwback at the 1996 original. The number 90009, that appears in the Beginning Hour Demo, was the product code of the Resident Evil: Director’s Cut that came with a demo for Resident Evil 2. The supposed number coding in the Resident Evil 7 Demo is therefore being taken as a covert hint that we would see a repeat of sorts for the Resident Evil 2 Remake Demo. For the sceptic in us, the appearance of the number in the demo could well refer to something else entirely, but the coincidence is too particular in this case.
Especially, if we consider Capcom‘s announcements about the new game taking a departure from the more recent formula to revert back to its roots, then it makes sense to think that the hint is a substantial one. The Resident Evil 2 Remake has been in the pipeline for some time, though its release may still be further away. But the inclusion of a demo in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard could have a few significances. First off, as demos usually do, it would give the creators a chance at getting feedback about the upcoming remake. Moreover, as Gamerant points out, it could make for an exciting addition for RE fans who are not too keen on the completely new experience that Resident Evil 7 aims to deliver with its main focus on horror, relegating the action aspect to the backseat. So though the possibility of a Resident Evil 2 Remake Demo arriving with Resident Evil 7 game is just a rumour, we have to admit that it’s an enticing one.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard releases worldwide on January 24 for the Microsoft Windows PC, Xbox, and the PS4. As you wait for the upcoming title to emerge, you can read all about it here.