Resident Evil 2 Remake Deluxe Edition Includes The Game’s Forgotten Original Protagonist

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Capcom has revealed what players can expect from the Resident Evil 2 remake Deluxe Edition, and it offers some grade-A fan service. The Deluxe Edition includes a reversible cover, the original RE2 soundtrack, the “Albert” model Samurai Edge pistol, and a variety of character skins, including one interesting one that transforms Claire Redfield into Elza Walker. Wait, who?

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For those who don’t know their Resident Evil 2 history, Capcom essentially developed the game twice. The first version of the game starred Leon Kennedy and a motorcycle-racing college student named Elza Walker. This earlier take on RE2 almost made it to shelves, but was scrapped at the 11th hour by series creator Shinji Mikami for being too “boring.” Capcom went back to the drawing board, remade Resident Evil 2 from scratch with a new female protagonist named Claire Redfield, and the rest was history. RE2 went on to become one of the biggest games of all time, and poor Elza Walker became a footnote. But hey, 20 years later, she’s finally get her moment.

Here’s a full rundown of everything included in the Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition:

  • Reversible Cover
  • “Elza Walker” Claire Costume
  • “Military” Claire Costume
  • “Noir” Claire Costume
  • “Noir” Leon Costume
  • “Arklay Sheriff” Leon Costume
  • Albert Model Samurai Edge Pistol
  • Resident Evil 2 Original Soundtrack Swap

Capcom will also be offering a GameStop-exclusive Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition. In addition to all the Deluxe Edition goodies, it includes the following:

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Leon S. Kennedy (R.P.D. Version) Figure: An expertly-crafted 12-inch figure of Leon on his first day in his new RPD police uniform, re-created to mirror his in-game design down to the smallest details. A must-have for any Resident Evil fan or collector!

“Ben’s File” Art Book: A 32-page book left behind by Ben Bertolucci, a freelance journalist who makes an appearance in Resident Evil 2. This file contains photos and files documenting events after the Raccoon City tragedy, and was filed away as a highly confidential document by the U.S. government. It’s never been seen by the public… until now.

Digital Soundtrack: A voucher code for a 25-track album featuring new songs from the remake of Resident Evil 2, as well as a selection of arrangements from the original game.

“R.P.D.” Renovation Design Poster: A diagram reminiscent of blueprints, this poster illustrates how the building was renovated and transformed from a museum to a police facility when work was being done on the  building in 1969.

Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition costs $70, while the Collector’s Edition will set you back $200.

Wccftech’s own Chris Wray got a chance to check out the new Resident Evil 2 at Gamescom – you can check out his full impressions, right here. The Resident Evil 2 remake shambles onto PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on January 25.

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