Resident Evil 1.5 (Resident Evil 2 Prototype)
First there was the disaster at the mansion lab. Umbrella Corp. developed the T-virus, a muta-genic toxin for use in biological weapons. After breaking loose, living things mutated into all sorts of decaying creatures. The case was eventually closed, but Umbrella’s experiments were far from over. Now it’s the worst possible nightmare: a new virus runs rampant. All of Raccoon City is infested. Blood-thirsty zombies, hideous mutations now overwhelm the community. When Leon and Claire arrive in town their nightmare is just beginning…You now control their destiny. If the suspense doesn’t kill you…something else will. Can you survive the horror?
Resident Evil 1.5 vs. Resident Evil 2:
Most of the RPD and sewers were scrapped and changed. The Lab environment, while similar, underwent a lot of changes. The baboon (more commonly referred to as gorilla) creatures were removed, the man-spider was removed, Elza instead of Claire, Marvin and John (Kendo in retail) surviving, Linda becoming Ada in retail, weapons were changed, etc.. The story was apparently so different that when they brought in Sugimura, he couldn’t just tweak it and salvage it. He had to completely scrap and rewrite it keeping only a few elements, which is when retail RE2 began.
–Written by a BioFlames member