Resident Evil 2 (2019)

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Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2 cover
Developers
Capcom
Engines
RE Engine
Release dates
Windows January 25, 2019
Resident Evil 2 (2019) at Wikipedia
Resident Evil
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Resident Evil 2 (2019) 2019

This page is for the remake of Resident Evil 2. For the original game, see Resident Evil 2.

Key points

Features many graphical options with visual demonstrations for each.
Default brightness gives the game a washed out blue hazy look.[1] Those who prefer true black levels can use a guide here.
According to Digital Foundry's video analysis, enabling Shadow Cache may increase performance by 25%.[2]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Resident Evil Modding Forums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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So far, only known to release in European territories.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Version differences[edit]

The Deluxe Edition includes all the DLC minus the pre-order bonus.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Claire Costume: Elza Walker
Windows
Claire Costume: Military
Windows
Claire Costume: Noir
Windows
Deluxe Weapon: Samurai Edge - Albert Model
Windows
Deluxe Weapon: Samurai Edge - Chris Model Pre-order exclusive.
Windows
Deluxe Weapon: Samurai Edge - Jill Model Pre-order exclusive.
Windows
Leon Costume: Arklay Sheriff
Windows
Leon Costume: Noir
Windows
Original Ver. Soundtrack Swap
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\re2_config.ini[Note 1]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/883710/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\883710\remote\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/883710/pfx/[Note 2]
20 save slots + 1 autosave slot available

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Display settings
Display settings
Display settings
Display settings
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:10 and 4:3 are letterboxed. See the WSGF topic.
Multi-monitor
Vert- by default. See the WSGF topic
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay with pillarboxed cutscenes at 21:9. Vert- at 32:9. See the WSGF topic.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
The included FOV slider is limited.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, TAA, FXAA+TAA and SMAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Triple buffered.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Zombies animate at 30 FPS when at a distance (see Issues fixed).[3] Knife damage is tied to frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Disable vignette[edit]

Resident Evil 2 has a very strong vignette. While some may feel being unable to see the left and right sides of the screen adds to the horror, others may feel it is annoyingly dark and like looking through a telescope. This is the game with vignette on and this is vignette off.
Press F5 for no vignette.
Breaks mirror reflections and some shaders.
Causes visual bugs in the main menu and possibly in game as well.[5]
DX11&12: Hex edit the executable of the game[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Copy re2.exe and paste it somewhere.
  3. Open original re2.exe from <path-to-game> in a hex editor, e.g. HxD.
  4. Search for 8B 87 3C 01 00 00 89 83 DC 00 00 00 and replace it with 31 C0 90 90 90 90 89 83 DC 00 00 00
  5. Save and close the file.

Notes

If a mistake is made and the file gets corrupted, verify the game files through Steam to restore it to its original state or replace original re2.exe with saved copy.

Disable sharpening[edit]

Press F4 for no sharpening.
DX11&12: Hex edit the executable of the game[8]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Copy re2.exe and paste it somewhere.
  3. Open original re2.exe from <path-to-game> in a hex editor, e.g. HxD.
  4. Search for 80 BB FD 00 00 00 00 48 89 C7 74 05 and replace it with 80 BB FD 00 00 00 00 48 89 C7 74 00
  5. Save and close the file.

Notes

If a mistake is made and the file gets corrupted, verify the game files through Steam to restore it to its original state or replace original re2.exe with saved copy.

First-person mode[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Control settings
Control settings
Camera settings
Camera settings

Audio settings[edit]

Sound settings
Sound settings
Language settings
Language settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, BGM, Sound Effects
Surround sound
Dolby Atmos (problematic in combination with HDR)
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

In-game voice and text can be changed to separate supported languages.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Brazilian Portuguese
Polish
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Resident Evil 2.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Fatal Application Exit - renderdevicedx11.cpp error crash[edit]

This may occur when the helicopter comes.[9]

No known solution.

Knife damage tied to frame rate[edit]

The survival knife does variable damage based on the current frame rate.[10]

No known fix.

Graphics menu displays incorrect amount of VRAM[edit]

The game can display an incorrect amount of VRAM for you GPU in the graphics menu.[11][12]

Does not affect performance or available graphics options.
The game may warn you that you will experience poor performance at high settings, but as long as your GPU's actual VRAM is sufficient this is not true.

Multimedia keys and Windows key are disabled[edit]

No solution.

Issues fixed[edit]

"This extra save data is not compatible and cannot be used"[edit]

Saved games are tied to whatever region Windows is set to, so it can cause issues with cloud-saves across computers.
Change Windows region settings[13]

If your save game is failing to load after changing to another computer, you need to go into the Windows "Region" settings and change your region to whichever the previous computer had theirs set to. Typically for most English users, its default is "United States". Once you've changed it, re-launch the game (no reboot required)

Game becomes too dark/bright at times[edit]

Sometimes, the game may become very dark, such as when standing near the stairs in the main hall, or even simply exploring the RPD. Then at other times, it may become too bright.
Various fixes[14]
  • Try installing latest video drivers.
  • Lower the image quality, such as from 100% to 50%.
  • Turn off Screen Space Reflections in options.
  • Cap the framerate at 30 or 60, not Variable.
  • Try changing around windowed/fullscreen/borderless fullscreen mode.
  • Disable anything with "shadow" in options (Shadow Cache, Contact Shadows).
  • Try changing from Directx 12 back to 11.
  • Try increasing the texture quality to use 2GB or more of VRAM. It is set to 0.5GB by default.
  • Try changing Ambient Occlusion settings, watching for screen darkening/brightening.

Note:

Some potential fixes, specifically setting Shadow Cache to off, will have a negative impact on performance.[2]
(Nvidia users) Downgrade graphics drivers to version 399.24[citation needed]

Stutters[edit]

Resident Evil 2 is known to have stutters for many players. Apart from the possible fixes under "Game becomes too dark/bright at times", another method is to increase the paging file size. Resident Evil 2 uses heavy resources on a PC's paging file, which acts as alternate virtual RAM.[15] If the paging file is set too low (such as a maximum of 2GB), this can act as a performance bottleneck, resulting in frequent stutters while exploring. This is especially true if the system's RAM is 8GB and under. Increasing the paging file size (such as from 2GB to 8GB) can drastically improve performance and reduce stutters.
Increase paging file size
  1. Open start menu, type "run" and use run command.
  2. Enter systempropertiesadvanced. Go to "Advanced" tab and click settings.
  3. Go to "Advanced" and choose "programs" instead of "background services".
  4. Under virtual memory, click change. Uncheck "Automatically manage paging file for all drives" at the top.
  5. Select custom size. Although there is no definitive paging file size, try making the initial and maximum both 12288.
  6. Click OK and restart your computer. Try the game to see if performance is improved.

The game updates zombies at a distance less frequently[edit]

Even if you play at 60 or variable (uncapped) FPS, zombies still animate at a maximum of 30 FPS when they are far from the player.
Make zombies always animate at full frame rate[16]
  1. Open re2.exe with an hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Go to offset 0x1B36BF0.
  3. Find E9 AB EC AC 0C CC CC CC.
  4. Replace with 45 31 C0 E9 A8 EC AC 0C.

Game fails to launch (Win 10 users)[edit]

Disable Hyper-V in Windows Features[17]

Game fails to launch (ASUS motherboard users)[edit]

Uninstall the Sonic suite of applications[18]

Main hall computer freeze[edit]

The computer in the main hall may cause the game to either freeze or cause the screen to become grey, making it unplayable.
Change DirectX from 11 to 12[20]

Notes

This will result in lower overall frame rates.[19]

Mouse/keyboard stops working[edit]

The mouse and keyboard may stop responding if you Alt+Tab out or after a cutscene ends.
Open the Steam Overlay with Shift+Tab and close it[21]
Plug in, then unplug a controller[22]

Cutscene playback issues[edit]

The game relies on the presence of Windows Media Player and its codec.
Install the Media Feature Pack for your version of Windows[23]

Notes

Windows 8/8.1/10 Media Feature Pack downloads
Windows 7 Media Feature Pack download
Ensure any Media Feature Pack alternatives are not running under Windows Media Foundation[23]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4460
AMD FX-6300
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 26 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon R7 260X
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit system is required.

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/883710/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (883710) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Resident Evil 2 Remake: Complete PC Analysis + Xbox One X Comparison! - last accessed on 2019-01-29
    "[starting at timestamp 3:46] ...Then you have the general issues of color-correction and black levels. And [sic] in spite of what you may read online and elsewhere, the game really does not want you to have pitch-dark blacks in most scenes."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Resident Evil 2 Remake: Complete PC Analysis + Xbox One X Comparison! - last accessed on 2019-01-29
    "[starting at timestamp 7:55] Here, I can only recommend leaving Shadow Caching on, as turning it off can result in a 25% performance loss with no visual gain."
  3. zombies animate at 30fps when the game is set to either variable or 60fps :: RESIDENT EVIL 2 / BIOHAZARD RE:2 "1-Shot Demo" General Discussions
  4. 4.0 4.1 Resident Evil 2 in a First Person Perspective - YouTube
  5. http://www.wsgf.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=32975&p=174662#p174662 View topic - Wrong FOV: RESIDENT EVIL 2 / BIOHAZARD RE:2 2019 | WSGF
  6. View topic - Wrong FOV: RESIDENT EVIL 2 / BIOHAZARD RE:2 2019 | WSGF
  7. Verified by User:Amuro on 2019-02-25
  8. Verified by [[User:]] on
  9. Steam Community Discussion - Fatal Application Exit - last accessed on 2019-02-03
  10. Reddit /r/ResidentEvil - (RE2) PSA: Knife Damage is directly tied to frame rate. High frame rate=more damage - last accessed on 2019-01-30
  11. Steam Community Discussion - Game say's I have 0.00 gb in the graphics settings - last accessed on 2019-01-31
  12. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-01-31
    In my case, the graphics menu states I have 0.15GB of memory.
  13. Steam Community Discussion - This extra save data is not compatible and cannot be used - last accessed on {{{date}}}
  14. Steam Community Discussion - brightness bugs - last accessed on 2019-02-03
  15. Steam forums - STUTTERING FIX!
  16. Zombies always animate at full framerate |
  17. Black Screen posible FIX - last accessed on 2019-03-14
  18. Steam Community Discussion - The game does not launch on windows 10, just like Resident Evil 7 - WTF CAPCOM - last accessed on 2019-01-29
  19. Resident Evil 2 Remake: Complete PC Analysis + Xbox One X Comparison! - last accessed on 2019-01-29
    "[starting at timestamp 2:28]...But first, let's get some basics out of the way. The game's performance profile on PC and its visuals are 99% that which we saw in the demo. That's both great since the demo showed how blisteringly-fast the RE Engine can be, and it's also bad because of the problems held over from the demo [DX12 performs worse than DX11]."
  20. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-02-03
  21. Steam Community Discussion - Shift+Tab locks movement - last accessed on 2019-01-31
    "have u tried changing the steam hotkeys to brinup steam ui? i have mine set to + key on numpad and i my son run into the issue so he now using same keybinding and not had the issue since"
  22. Steam Community Discussion - Random no mouse support... - last accessed on 2019-02-03
  23. 23.0 23.1 Steam Community News - Getting around video playback issues in-game - last accessed on 2019-01-28