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Hideki Kamiya Says He Almost Ruined ‘Resident Evil 2’

When I look back at the Resident Evil series, and specifically the older games, Resident Evil 2 stands out as one of the best. That makes it a little surprising to hear the game actually had a very troubled period of development, according to its director, Hideki Kamiya.

In the latest Iwata Asks, Kamiya had much to reveal about the game, and specifically his role in the problems it faced. More after the jump.

Hideki Kamiya told Iwata he joined Capcom after being turned down by Nintendo, where he worked under famed director Shinji Mikami on the Resident Evil games. Everything was gravy until Mikami promoted him to director on Resident Evil 2.

“I messed up in a big way,” said Kamiya. “As a result of saying okay to everything that came up, it turned out horrible. We had to scrap what we had spent a year and a half making.”

This isn’t new to games industry, especially for games that spend a long time in development. Sometimes a studio gets a little too ambitious and they’re eventually forced to cut content or scale back their vision. For Kamiya, it was a learning experience.

“So everything that didn’t work out was my fault as director. Resident Evil 2 was receiving attention as one of Capcom’s new big titles, so the news quickly spread throughout the company. I felt like people were staring at me in the company cafeteria and saying, “That’s him! That’s the guy who ruined Resident Evil 2!” It was a shock, and very hard.”

“I gave a lot of thought to what had gone wrong. I was making decisions without vision, and amidst all the pressures, I had lowered my criteria for giving approval. And, above all, it was important how I personally suffered the disastrous results of that.”

Despite this, I think the game turned out pretty great. Don’t you?

Big thanks to TheGeckoNinja for the tip!

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  • dr.lamb

    Part Two is the best of the old trilogy. It improved vastly on Part One is so much better than the overrated “Nemesis”.

    • coldblood

      I agree completely. I was hooked on RE2 for weeks back in the day.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Agreed, Adam. I freakin’ love this game.

  • doomas10

    While I prefer the setting of the first game – abandoned mansion in the middle of a creepy forest and try to pick up what is happening, I tend to thing RE2 as “aliens”. Bigger, more technologically advance but not necessary better. It certainly has its scary moments but it is more action oriented! Having said that, both are awesome. Nemesis on the other hand, thought it had too much action and blockbuster set pieces and this is where the series starting going downhill. Resident evil 6 was literally rock bottom.

  • Slasher716

    I love hearing these stories,

    It’s amazing when the human minds overcome conflict and can achieve something great. Bravo!!

    Resident Evil 2 is legend 🙂

    but like Doomas10 I prefer the setting of the first game. There is something always creepier about a silent abandoned mansion/hospital more than anything else.

  • HMH

    It’s good that he owned up to it. This isn’t really new though. Scrapped game footage can be found online usually under the name Resident Evil 1.5
    Clare Redfield was based on a biker character named Eliza.
    Resident Evil 2 is my favorite in the series.

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