A work-in-progress download for Capcom's originally scrapped version of Resident Evil 2 - dubbed Resident Evil 1.5 - has been made available by fans working on the project.
After getting their hands on the unfinished code, fans have been working on translating and restoring the un-released original Resident Evil sequel since last year.
Originally planning to hold off until work on the game was complete, the Resident Evil 1.5 fan project was forced to release a download of the rough copy now, as one opportunist took to eBay in an attempt to make some money. The eBay listing has since been removed.
Capcom scrapped work on what is now Resident Evil 1.5, as it was frustrated with its progress, moving on to create what became Resident Evil 2. The fan project has picked up where Capcom left off, fixing any bugs and adding new features.
Project leader MrBZork told Kotaku: "This here is an ISO of our work-in-progress build of the Resident Evil 1.5 restoration project. It is not representative of the current state of development of the non-profit restoration fan-project.
People attempting to profit on our non-profit efforts, and both our personal and monitory investments is something we cannot stand for and is something we feel greatly taints the Resident Evil community, the prototype community, the archival and preservation of video game history, the integrity and face value of people, and our goal and intentions for this here restoration project.
"While we cannot speak on behalf of Capcom, we do believe that charging money for illegal and unsanctioned duplication of their data is something that should be frowned upon and avoided at all costs."
Check out the developer commentary so far for Resident Evil 1.5 here:
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