The original Resident Evil game is being remastered for release on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Capcom has announced.

Due for a digital-only launch in early 2015, the new port is based on the game's 2002 GameCube "REmake". This new version will include 1080p visuals (720p for last-gen consoles) and 5.1 surround support.

There's no word yet on a European price, but it will cost 3990 yen (about Ł23) in Japan, where the last-gen console version will arrive before Christmas.

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You'll be able to choose between playing the game in its classic 4:3 ratio or in 16:9 widescreen, and have a choice of control styles.

There's a new scrolling camera, too - which appears to be a compromise between a more dynamic camera option and the original's fixed angles.

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The classic Resident Evil control scheme remains for purists, along with a more modern style for moving characters more easily - in the direction of the analogue stick.

A grainy image first appeared online this morning (via Famitsu), showing the game's iconic mansion in its GameCube redesign.

Resident Evil first released in 1996 for the original PlayStation, but was then re-made from the ground up for GameCube in 2002, a version of which was later ported to Wii.

Ironically, there's no Wii U version of the port planned, despite the REmake originally being a Nintendo exclusive.

Below is a video of producers Tetsuya Kitabayashi and Yoshiaki Hirabyashi discussing the game.

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