Capcom has announced a Resident Evil 4 remake, rebuilding one of the most popular and defining chapters from the long-running horror game series. Resident Evil 4 Remake will be out on 24th March 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Oh, and there’s apparently some PSVR 2 content that will be included.
Resident Evil 4 will continue the tradition of Capcom’s recent games in the series, wrapping fantastic new graphics around a classic game and overhauling the gameplay in various ways. We’ve seen it for Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, and now it’s 4’s turn it seems.
Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Capcom state that they want to make this a state-of-the-art survival horror for 2023. To do this they’re reimagining the storyline while keeping the essence of the original, modernising graphics and updating the controls.
It will be fascinating to see how VR is wrapped into this game, though Capcom also has form here. Resident Evil 7 shipped with PSVR support, and they’ve also just confirmed that Resident Evil Village will be enhanced with PSVR 2 support as well. Not only that, but Resident Evil 4 has already been remade/adapted to work with VR on the Oculus Rift. Surely this would go further than that game?
A remake of Resident Evil 4 has been rumoured since early 2020. It was reported that the Resident Evil 4 Remake was in full production,and is set to be released in 2022. Development itself is allegedly underway at M-Two, an Osaka based studio that was founded by former Platinum Games boss Tatsuya Minami. The studio partly worked on the Resident Evil 3 remake. Shinji Mikami declined the offer to lead the team on working on the remake of the game he originally directed.
While Resident Evil 4 has been ported to various consoles since its 2005 release the game has not been the subject of an absolute full remake. It is likely this remake will follow similar patterns to both the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes with upgraded assets and gameplay changes. It could be a game-changer again like it was in 2005 when it introduced the over the shoulder camera view and changed how action games were played.
Source: press release, PlayStation Blog