There's A Playable, If Broken Build Of An Unreleased Resident Evil Game Out There

One of the more famous unfinished games on the PlayStation is Resident Evil 1.5, a title that was originally intended to be Resident Evil 2 before it was scrapped at the 11th hour and replaced with, well, Resident Evil 2.

The title's unfinished and mysterious nature has led it to develop a bit of a cult following, and for a little while now a team of fans has - having obtained code of the projcet - been working to restore as much as they could and release a playable build to the public.

Well, after some messy internal politics and alleged hacks, the team has gone out ahead of schedule and, rather than wait to release a "finished" build (including English translations), put out a work-in-progress, which you can download and try out.

Be warned: it's an "unstable mess" that is "in no way representative of the current state" of the actual project that'll be released down the line, but hey, if you can't wait for a more polished experience, one it's hoped you'll be able to play on actual PS1 hardware, you can get in on some hidden gaming history below.

Resident Evil 1.5 [The Horror, via NeoGAF, thanks Dennis!]


Comments

    Ah yes, the original RE2, with 'Brad and Eliza'... I remember this very well...

    I have dreamed about this for a long time now.

    Probably for the best. For me, RE2 remains the high point of the series to this day, and was the game that managed to lure me from PC to console - the game that sold me a PlayStation. I'm glad they ditched this and went with RE2 in its eventual form.

      I really like Resident Evil 4 and 5 for what they are, but Resident Evil 2 has got to be the definitive Resident Evil game for me. This RE1.5 is interesting, but like the sequel to Star Wars we're a lot better off with what we got.

      Same here, was very impressed with 4 but so far nothing can beat 2 for me. Also clever how they do the switcheroo with the storyline :)

    More Rsi 2 is only a good thing! So good.
    I remember the original concept was Elsa Walker (Claire before she was Claire) trying to break in while Leon (with a crewcut) was trying to break out of the police station.

    Sadly this version that's out there has been modified and isn't the exact original vanilla version (which is the 40%) Due to the team messing with the code, heaps of glitches and bugs have come up compared to the untouched 40% build out of Capcom which includes:

    - Cannot jump down or up ledges
    - Game crashes with altered cutscenes
    - Custom skins for Marvin/Roy
    - 3F, B1 corridor and Power room are fan made rooms.

    And of course, the translation text you see in cutscenes doesn't represent the original in Jap.

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