Resident Evil 2 (Saturn)

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Resident Evil 2
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom, Nextech
Planned release date: Summer 1998[1]
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1

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The Sega Saturn version of Resident Evil 2 (known as Biohazard 2 (バイオハザード2) in Japan), is an unreleased sequel to Resident Evil.

Following the success of Resident Evil, Capcom began work on a sequel with the PlayStation in mind. A Saturn conversion (complete with extras)[1] was announced during the game's development, with plans for it to be released after the PlayStation game (in early 1997, Bernie Stolar suggested it would arrive just a week later[2]). The Saturn version was scrapped due to difficulties working with the hardware - developers Nextech would instead be reassigned to work on Resident Evil: Code Veronica for the Sega Dreamcast[3] (which was at one point due to be a launch title for the system in November 1998).

Resident Evil 2's development was not straightforward, with the project effectively restarted from scratch a few months into development. The original version, sometimes dubbed "Resident Evil 1.5" by fans, was announced for the Saturn before that particular representation of the game was axed altogether. Then the reworked version was also reannounced for the Saturn in spring 1998 with a tentative release date of summer 1998. After experimenting several delays, the Saturn version was cancelled in late 1998 and the game finally ended up appearing on the Dreamcast. No Saturn game footage or screenshots were ever released - while the Saturn verison was hinted at in trailers, it was always the PlayStation game on display.

The Saturn Resident Evil 2 was at one stage rumoured to make use of the 4MB Extended RAM Cartridge[4][5].

Magazine articles

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Resident Evil games for Sega systems
Sega Saturn
Resident Evil (1997) | Resident Evil 2 (unreleased)
Sega Dreamcast
Resident Evil 2 (1999) | Resident Evil Code: Veronica (2000) | Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (2000) | Biohazard Code: Veronica Kanzenban (2001)
Gun Survivor 2: Biohazard CODE:Veronica (2001)