Everything we know about the Resident Evil 4 remake

The reports were true: Capcom is, indeed, redoing Resident Evil 4. The company revealed the project during the June 2022 State of Play presentation, showing off a two-minute trailer full of familiar faces. While there are still plenty of details that Capcom is keeping close to chest, we do know quite a bit about the upcoming remake. But when will it launch and how will it play? And how will that compare to the best games in the series?

Here’s everything we know about the Resident Evil 4 remake.

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Release date

Leon Kennedy in a vehicle in the remake of Resident Evil 4.

The remake of Resident Evil 4 is gearing up for launch on March 24, 2023. As you may recall, this schedule closely mirrors the windows of the previous two Resident Evil remakes, which both released in the first quarter of their respective launch years. As always, game development is tricky, and because of the coronavirusthe remake might be delayed, but the mainline Resident Evil games aren’t used to being pushed back, at least in recent memory.

Developer

Infected villager from Resident Evil 4 remake.

Capcom – specifically, Development Division 1 – is leading the charge on this project. This remake has would have has been in the works since 2018 and was originally developed by M-Two, a “Capcom supported” studio that was eventually removed from the project. Resident Evil 4 the remake was then done in-house, likely to ensure the highest level of quality. This information has not been announced publicly, but many sources have reported on the development history of this game. After the mixed reception of the Resident Evil 3 remake – which was criticized for its short length and content cut from the original – Capcom will no doubt want to walk out the door swinging with Resident Evil 4. The publisher also confirmed that “many team members” who worked on the Resident Evil 2 remake came back to develop Resident Evil 4.

Platforms

Infected villager from Resident Evil 4 remake.

Resident Evil 4 remake marks the first entry in the series to come exclusively to current-gen hardware: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam. Given how far we’re into the current generation of hardware, it makes sense that Capcom would drop support for the PS4 and Xbox One, both of which will be nearly a decade old by then. Resident Evil 4 spear.

Trailer

During the June 2022 State of Play, Capcom revealed Resident Evil 4 remake with an eerie trailer, giving us a glimpse of the iconic village and characters from the original. It didn’t necessarily focus on gameplay, but there were a few quick shots that seemed to hint at what the game will look like in action, teasing that all-too-familiar over-the-shoulder perspective we all know and love. The trailer offered enough detail to build excitement without giving it all away.

Gameplay

Leon Kennedy walking in the Resident Evil 4 remake.

the original Resident Evil 4 was something of a turning point for the series, effectively straddling the line between action and horror. The remake will undoubtedly follow, but will feel Resident Evil 2 (2019) and Resident Evil 3 (2020) from a mechanical and control point of view. Capcom aims to bring this remake in line with other modern horror titles, while capturing the essence of the original. It’s likely that the original’s “tank controls” will be dropped in favor of a more traditional scheme you’ll find in today’s games.

It’s unclear how much of this game will lean into action or if there will be any quick events, but given that Capcom has confirmed that the remake will be a “reimagining”, it’s possible many of the game’s features will original be modified or deleted entirely. This seems the briefcase mechanic will be featured in the remake, which is one of the most memorable aspects of the original, serving as an inventory management mini-game.

Resident Evil 4 throws you into large levels littered with items and currency to help Leon on his journey. Expect to upgrade your weapons, scavenge for supplies, solve puzzles, and battle enemies along the way.

Capcom has also confirmed that the remake will bring PSVR 2 functionality, but has yet to share any details on that.

Story

Infected villager from Resident Evil 4 remake.

In terms of storytelling, Resident Evil 4 remake will mirror the original, but will not be a shot-for-shot recreation. As Capcom has confirmed, the remake will serve as a “reimagining,” though it’s unclear what changes will be made.

Here’s the full quote from Capcom:

“Our goal is to make the game familiar to fans of the series, while bringing a fresh twist to it. This is done by reimagining the game’s storyline while keeping the essence of its direction, modernizing the graphics, and updating the controls to a modern standard.

To let you know, Resident Evil 4 sends Leon Kennedy to an unnamed Spanish village in search of the president’s kidnapped daughter, Ashley. This game is different from its predecessors in that it does not feature zombies, but rather villagers infected with a mind-controlling parasite.

Moreover, the original Resident Evil 4 is known for being campy, almost falling in evil Dead territory, with silly enemies and arguably bad writing, while still feeling creepy at times. We hope this aspect will be preserved in the remake.

Multiplayer

Ada Wong from the Resident Evil 4 remake.

There was a popular co-op mod for Resident Evil 4 at the time, but the official game never allowed multiplayer. With that in mind, we doubt the remake will add multiplayer as it wasn’t in the original. The series is known for incorporating cooperative and even competitive play, but chances are Capcom wants to spend its resources nailing the base version of the game.

Downloadable Content

Dungeon-like room from Resident Evil 4 remake.

When it comes to DLC, it’s possible Resident Evil 4 remake will have post-launch support, like many titles in the series. However, remakes don’t have a lot of history of receiving major story expansions, so if DLC is in the works, it could be of the extra weapons type, or maybe a small-scale mode that adds to the replay value. Resident Evil 7 actually got a fair amount of DLC, but it was a main entry, so it’s hard to say if Resident Evil 4 will do the same.

Pre-order

It’s still too early to pre-order Resident Evil 4 remake, but you will probably be able to invest some money in the game later in 2022. One thing that is very likely is the inclusion of different versions like a deluxe edition or a collector’s edition that comes with a statue or a another memory. We’ll update this article once pre-orders go live.

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