Resident Evil 2 — the second game in the Resident Evil franchise — was originally released for the PlayStation in 1998. After the unexpected success of the first Resident Evil, Capcom immediately set up a team to work on a sequel and turn Resident Evil into an annual franchise. Capcom initially scheduled the sequel for a Spring 1997 release, but the original version of Resident Evil 2 (now dubbed Resident Evil 1.5) disappointed its developers as they worked on it; rather than release a game that didn't satisfy their expectations, the team restarted development from scratch and delayed the game's release by a whole year. This decision worked out in the end: Resident Evil 2 would go on to become one of the best-selling and most-critically-acclaimed Capcom games in history. True to its nature, Capcom re-released the game across various other platforms — the PS1 (a DualShock support re-release months after the original release), the PC, the Nintendo 64, the Dreamcast, and even the Nintendo GameCube.On the evening of September 29, 1998 — two months after the Mansion Incident — Leon S. Kennedy (a rookie cop late for his first assignment as a member of Raccoon City's police department) and Claire Redfield (the younger sister of missing S.T.A.R.S. team member Chris Redfield) arrive in Raccoon City...and discover that it has a big problem: a T-Virus outbreak has spread throughout Raccoon City and left any unlucky survivors trapped in a hellish nightmare. Leon and Claire band together to fight their way through hordes of the undead and disgusting bio-engineered creatures before they eventually discover Umbrella Corporation's secret underground lab, where they learn exactly how Raccoon City's Zombie Apocalypse happened.Whereas Resident Evil 1 segregated the two main characters' adventures, Resident Evil 2 allows players to play through the game as one character and then replay the same storyline from the other character's perspective (which creates a total of four possible scenarios). Under this setup, actions performed by the first character affect the environment of the second character's scenario (e.g. a passageway you unblock in the first character's playthrough likely won't need unblocking in the second character's game). The game also features a minigame unlocked after finishing both characters' scenarios called The 4th Survivor, as well as a harder version of the same called The Tofu Survivor. Later releases of the game added an Extreme Battle mode.
Resident Evil 2 contains examples of the following tropes: