Resident Evil 4 is coming back! One of the most loved instalments in this series of classic horror games, Resident Evil 4 Remake was announced at a recent State of Play and we’re here to break down the details for you.
How Much Will Resident Evil 4 Remake Change?
In a blog post from Capcom & PlayStation the following was said:
“This time, the game is being developed to achieve state-of-the-art quality for a survival horror suitable for 2023, while preserving the essence of the original game. We aim to make the game feel familiar to fans of the series, while also providing a fresh feeling to it. This is being done by reimagining the storyline of the game while keeping the essence of its direction, modernizing the graphics and updating the controls to a modern standard.”
Resident Evil 2 Remake and Resident Evil 3 Remake notable shifted around various elements of the game in order to make the game feel more atmospheric and be more horror centric. A report from FanByte actually had the following details on the game:
“Capcom is no longer looking for a strict scene-by-scene remake of Resident Evil 4, lauded though it may be. While the original title began with rookie cop turned secret service agent Leon S. Kennedy arriving in an European village at daytime, and slowly gunning his way all the way through the bad guys over the course of 24 hours, the remake adjusts that timeline. In Resident Evil 4 Remake, the famous village introduction set piece takes place at night. As does a decent portion of the game.”
“Some changes to the story, such as giving side characters bigger roles and more screentime, are also planned. Capcom plans to flesh out other aspects of the game, as well.”
Hopefully this also means that Capcom develops further the side section of the game, Assignment Ada. It didn’t really feature a lot of story elements in the original game, so to see that made into something a tad larger than itself would be an interesting get for Capcom. In fact, further into the Fanbyte article there’s this interesting tidbit:
“One focus is Assignment: Ada, which was a short campaign starring Leon’s rival/sometimes lover and spy extraordinaire Ada Wong.….For Resident Evil 4 Remake, M-Two specifically is looking to expand on Assignment: Ada and Separate Ways by combining each into one package: a more fluid and polished companion piece. Not every source we talked to could confirm whether this was in the main game or planned as DLC, but most said it was looking to be a fairly meaty expansion to the source material.”
We’ll likely get more concrete and official details on what is actually included in the full Resident Evil 4 Remake package later this year, perhaps at either GamesCom or The Game Awards. There’s also the better of the already announced PS VR 2 content for the game, and what exactly that will entail. Will it be a full VR adaptation? Or will it be for certain modes? Only time will tell.
When Will Resident Evil 4 Remake Release & On What?
Resident Evil 4 Remake is currently due for release on 24th March 2023. It’s planned to release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC (Steam). The game is completely skipping last generation systems, meaning that it’ll be taking advantage of the sheer processing power of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. It’ll be a disappointment to those fans that haven’t had the chance to upgrade to the newer consoles yet, but it’ll be something worth waiting for if you’re a huge horror buff.