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Resident Evil 2 remake enemies cut? | Are Moths, Spiders and Crows in the remake?

The Resident Evil 2 remake is out now, and it’s filled with terrifying creatures, from zombies and plant creatures to the giant, sinister Tyrant. However, there’s been some concern about a few of the enemies in game, specifically the Resident Evil 2 remake animals. The original Resident Evil 2 contained giant T-virus versions of moths, spiders, and crows, but supposedly these animals have been cut. Is that true? If so, what animal enemies are there in the game? And why are these enemies a big deal anyway? We’ve got the answers.

Are the Giant Moths, Spiders, and Crows in Resident Evil 2 remake?

It’s long been rumored that three enemy types from the original Resident Evil 2 will not feature in the remake, despite their popularity. Zombie crows appeared in the police station area, spiders appeared in the sewers, and the Giant Moth made its home near the greenhouse and the mutated Plant 43. But are any of these enemies in the Resident Evil 2 remake, or are the rumors correct and they’ve all been cut out?

We’re sad to report that, unfortunately, the rumors are true: there are no giant moths, spiders, or zombie crows in the Resident Evil 2 remake. The exact reason for this has not been given, but Resident Evil 2 producer Tsuyoshi Kanda mentioned in an interview about the hardest part of remaking the game, and it’s about the photorealism they now have. “You could be fantastical with the creatures and it wouldn’t stand out too much,” he said, “Trying to update that into a game where you’ve got scanned faces, motion-captured actors, photorealistic environments… it’s really, really hard.” Anything like that would look “really silly” according to other producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, so this could be why these animals have been replaced. We won’t spoil what they’ve been replaced with.

What Resident Evil 2 remake animals are there?

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There are, however, still animal enemies in the Resident Evil 2 remake. The undead dogs are probably the most iconic, as they’re the first enemy to appear in the Resident Evil series (they’re the reason the S.T.A.R.S. team are confined to the mansion in the first game). These zombie dogs make a memorable appearance in the Resident Evil 2 remake in the garage area, which has a kennel next door to it. Since the police department does make use of dogs, it would be odd to cut them.

The biggest enemy in the game, however, is the giant alligator in the sewers, which has a brief but memorable appearance in the remake. The producers considered cutting the alligator along with the other animal enemies, but as its scene is a fan-favorite moment from the series they really couldn’t omit it from the remake. For them, this alligator fight was the hardest part to get right. “Making a giant alligator – that’s a real challenge!” said producer Kanda.

What are Resident Evil 2 Moths?

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The Giant Moth is the only enemy that’s (basically) exclusive to Resident Evil 2 which has been removed in the remake. It made some appearances in the light-gun games such as Darkside Chronicles, and there were smaller moth enemies in Code Veronica, but otherwise the Giant Moth is only found in the Laboratory B5 Computer Room in Resident Evil 2… and now, he’s not in the remake. Poor thing.

What are Resident Evil 2 Spiders?

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The giant spiders are unusual in that they were in the Resident Evil 1 remake, but weren’t deemed suitable to return for the second game’s reimagining. Worse, variants of a spider enemy have appeared in pretty much every Resident Evil game, right up to Resident Evil 7 (although admittedly these were tiny). In the original version of Resident Evil 2 they made their home in the sewer levels, climbing on the ceiling and generally freaking out players. In the remake they’re replaced with G-Virus mutants, which are freaky in their own right.

What are Resident Evil 2 Crows?

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The zombie crows also have a long and varied history with the Resident Evil series, and last appeared as the “Mesets” variant in Resident Evil 6. Unlike the alligator, spiders, or moths, the crows are more like the zombie dogs, in that their size is the same as normal, they’re just a lot more violent. We’re not sure why they were cut out of the game, but as they only made one small cameo appearance in the original Resident Evil 2 they’re not really missed.