The virtual reality (VR) modding community has done some truly exceptional work over the years with titles like Alien Isolation and more recently MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. The latest comes from creator praydog, who released a VR mod on New Years Day for Resident Evil 2 and 3.
In development for several months, praydog uploaded the mods to GitHub allowing anyone who owns a PC copy of the survival horror to jump back in, this time ramping up the scares thanks to VR’s immersive capabilities. The modder achieved this thanks to another one of their projects, REFramework, which is capable of adding 6 degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) VR support to most RE Engine titles.
Bringing a Resident Evil videogame into VR is no easy task simply because most are in third-person, VR tends to work best in first-person; especially where atmospheric horror is concerned. So not only are Resident Evil 2 and 3 now in first-person, but the mod also offers essential features like full gun control and weapon collision. You can point and shoot just like you normally would in a VR shooter, you can throw grenades and physically use the knife to dish out damage.
Resi fans know that the games tend to feature a lot of cutscenes so you will find sequences where you’ll jump between a first-person viewpoint and the various cameras each title employs. These are 3D cutscenes, however, rather than in a virtual window, ensuring the immersion isn’t broken too much. Even so, Resident Evil 2 and 3 in VR both look like worthy additions to the franchises ever-growing VR roster.
This originally began back in 2017 with Resident Evil 7 Biohazard supporting PlayStation VR. Then last year you had the excellent remake of Resident Evil 4 specifically for the Meta Quest 2.
Can’t wait to play either Resident Evil 2 or 3 in VR? Well, take a look below at a couple of gameplay videos to see both versions in action thanks to leadergamer1 and Gamertag VR.
Plus there’s more on the horizon from the VR modding community. As VRFocus reported in December, experienced VR modder Luke Ross is working on a version of Cyberpunk 2077 that’s expected to arrive at some point this month. For further VR mod updates, keep reading VRFocus.