The remake’s official Japanese Twitter account tweeted out the character’s backstory for the new Resident Evil 2 remake. It is rather dull.
— バイオハザード(カプコン) (@BIO_OFFICIAL) December 27, 2018
It reads, “New officer Leon S. Kennedy was assigned to Raccoon City. Before going on duty, Kennedy was at home on standby, waiting for his orders. After no one contacted him and feeling something was off, Kennedy headed to the station. Days later, after arriving in Raccoon City, his life changed.”
This is very different from the backstory mentioned in the game’s official guide, which involved him breaking up with his girlfriend, drinking and then oversleeping, which is why he was late for his first day.
— 亜堂 紅丸@加賀ドールの人 (@StainAc) December 27, 2018
While not stated in the game, many players like the depth it gives Leon as a character.
2) "Oversleeping from drunkenness a day late on September 29, he rushed back onto the road when he wasn't able to telephone into the station."
— NoriyukiWorks (@NoriyukiWorks83) December 28, 2018
Hideki Kamiya also reportedly mentioned this boozy prologue to Famitsu in an interview when the first RE2 game out.
Fans really like this backstory, so it’s a shame that the remake isn’t fleshing this out.
my favorite thing about leon is before his first day as a police officer him and his gf broke up and he got extremely drunk in a random motel which resulted in him being an entire day late for work https://t.co/7CVjItpmo0
— kite988 (@RetroGaymerXD) December 21, 2018
Leon was late to work as an RPD officer because his girlfriend dumped him and he got completely shitfaced drunk & THAT IS THE FUNNIEST THING
— Dez ???????? (@dezfez) June 18, 2017
@battlefieldtrip Never said in-game, but Leon is late in RE2 because he was going on a bender after his girlfriend broke up with him.
— Matthew Hage (@mrkrory) October 10, 2015
you all laugh but thats literally what happened to leon. he was late to his first day as a cop at rcpd because he broke up with his girlfriend and got drunk You think im fucking kidding look at Leon in the movies he’s always drinking pic.twitter.com/BqZX6JuTRW
— snipes (@sniperquiets) June 12, 2018
Leon was late for his first day at his job bc he got drunk cause his girlfriend dumped him and that's 100% canon
— a (@AMERlCACHAVEZ) October 19, 2013
9/29/98: Late to work from a hangover, officer Leon S. Kennedy arrives in Raccoon City. (RE2: Leon B start) pic.twitter.com/Wu0DNCb175
— Unhappy Lew Year (@strongest_human) August 3, 2016