Last week, Capcom stealthily added a new Steam achievement to Resident Evil 2 Remake called “Chasing Jill” that tasks players to “read a letter left behind” by Jill Valentine. Since no content relating to the particular letter has been added so far, the achievement remains locked for the time being.
It was only a few days later that Capcom officially announced Resident Evil 3 Remake, which stars Jill Valentine front and center. Seeing her appear twice for two games convinced many that Capcom was brewing some special content update for Resident Evil 2 Remake. It turns out that the hunch was correct and the developer is indeed working on a post-release expansion pack.
In contrast to Steam, achievements on Xbox One carry high-definition images that sometimes show content tied with those said achievements. Digging up the “Chasing Jill” achievement on the Xbox One version of Resident Evil 2 Remake (via RelyOnHorror) revealed an image that shows Jill Valentine meeting with Robert Kendo in the back of the gunshop, a sequence that has never taken place in the original storyline. Hence, Capcom is probably cooking up something new and from the looks of it, an announcement could be coming soon.
It’s most likely that the developer plans to bridge a narrative between both remakes. The story expansion for Resident Evil 2 Remake should release in early 2020 seeing how Resident Evil 3 Remake is scheduled to launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 3, 2020. It may even be sooner. The locked achievement may suggest that Capcom is preparing to release an update. The only question now is if the developer will wait for the holidays to finish before launching the new content for Resident Evil 2 Remake.
Resident Evil 2 Remake has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide as of December 4. Take note that the original game was released in January 1998 and took nearly a decade to amass just about 5 million sales across multiple platforms including PlayStation, Dreamcast, GameCube, Nintendo 64, and PC. In comparison, the remake has managed to achieve the same number of sales but within a year across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The love and passion poured into the game by Capcom was evident from how beautifully (and carefully) the developer had overhauled a classic. The game not only features immense improvements in graphics but also gameplay, meaning that those old rigid controls and camera issues have been dealt with.