While it's certainly been heavily outdated by now, the original Resident Evil 2 release was a massive success back in the day, but looking back, Capcom have revealed a number of interesting tidbits from the development period which put the project in an entirely different light.
According to sources, as Resident Evil 2 was nearing completion, it was neither scary, nor narratively cohesive, and this presented the then-struggling Capcom with a major hurdle that they had to contend with.
To get a fresh perspective of things from someone with actual experience in writing stories, Capcom brought in Noboru Sugimura (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), who immediately criticised the fact that Resident Evil 2 had nothing to do with the plot of the original Resident Evil, which eventually resulted in a much better tying up and interaction between the two. This didn't help, however, and that build of Resident Evil 2 was eventually scrapped altogether.
Instead, the eventual "reboot" of the game was billed 'Resident Evil 1.5', and Capcom essentially started from the ground-up to create the vision of a zombie-ravaged Racoon City that we all know and love. And speaking of which, are you ready for the remake?