Warning: Spoilers from 1998
The Resident Evil 2 remake made a huge splash at this year’s E3; horrifying fans with its dark take on the original. The reimagined sequel traded in fixed camera angles and awesomely campy dialogue for over-the-shoulder gameplay, pitch-dark hallways, and some of the scariest-looking zombies ever.
In an interview with Polygon, Resident Evil 2 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi spoke about concerns over the inclusion of the original game’s more ridiculous elements, fearing that they would not fit with the remake’s more somber tone. However, Hirabayashi then confirmed that his team had been working to incorporate these elements and confirmed that Resident Evil 2’s most absurd character, Tofu, would be making a triumphant return.
You can watch a full no-damage run of Tofu’s scenario from the original Resident Evil 2 here:
In a nutshell, Tofu is a sweaty, knife-wielding block of soy, who’s unlocked after completing the main game’s scenarios several times with a perfect A-rank. His mini-game scenario was meant to be a parody of the other unlockable “4th Survivor” scenario, which featured the gas mask-clad Umbrella operative, Hunk, and his escape from Raccoon City.
The aptly named “Tofu Survivor” plays the exact same as Hunk’s scenario, but replaces the heavily armed badass with a living Asian dish, who swears in Japanese when injured and maneuvers through the game with squeaky footsteps like SpongeBob SquarePants. To make matters worse (or funnier?), Tofu only comes armed with a knife, which makes it pretty difficult to get through the mini-game alive, as Tofu must face off against some of the game’s most difficult enemies.
Sadly, Tofu’s struggle doesn’t have a happy ending. After completing the scenario and escaping via helicopter, a subtitle comes up on screen reading: “End of one nightmare. Prelude to another.” A final image then fades up of Tofu’s dead body sprawled inside the helicopter with part of his head missing. Hunk is seen in the background feasting on the missing bits in what must be one of the most hilariously tragic endings to any video game.
It’s this kind of outlandish Japanese humor that North American gamers have come to love in video games developed across the sea. Like Silent Hill 2’s crazy dog ending, or the fourth wall breaking codec conversations in Metal Gear Solid, Tofu has become the stuff of legend, which gamers love to reminisce over.
If you haven’t yet seen it, check out the gorgeous new trailer for Capcom‘s Resident Evil 2 remake and picture Tofu in this darker setting. I know…quite jarring.
Resident Evil 2 is set to arrive for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on January 25, 2019.