Capcom capped of the Capcom Showcase stream by announcing that the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S upgrades for Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 7 Biohazard are all available today. And, as was previously announced, they’re free upgrades!
All three games originally released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and have now been enhanced for the new generation consoles with features that include ray tracing, high frame rate options and 3D audio to the game. PS5 also has support for the DualSense haptics and fancy triggers.
If you already own the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to get a free upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S version of the game. On PlayStation 5, this will mean doing the usual upgrade process of triggering the addition of a PS5-specific version of the game to your library, while on Xbox Series X|S, the upgrades will simply be added via an Xbox Smart Delivery updated download.
PC players are also reaping the rewards of this, with an upgrade patch for the games enhancing them with the new features.
All three games are based on Capcom’s in-house RE Engine, which has already seen use on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S through the release of Devil May Cry V Special Edition and Resident Evil Village. Both games used ray tracing within certain graphics modes on the new consoles, and we can expect to see a similar upgrade and improvement to RE2, RE3 and RE7.
The Resident Evil franchise has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, first reinvigorated by the new direction that Resident Evil 7 took – a game that we called “by far the best AAA survival horror game we’ve seen in quite some time” in our review – before back-to-back remakes of the PS1 classics. These remakes completely reimagined the gameplay mechanics, shifting from fixed camera positions to third person, and lavishing the games with stunning new graphics.
“It combines the best of the original’s narrative and puzzles with the ammo crafting of Resident Evil 3 and the action gameplay of Resident Evil 4 to create a hybrid that still manages to feel like classic Resi. Old fans will enjoy the nostalgic retread of Racoon City in all its newfound glory, whilst newcomers will get to experience one of the finest episodes of the series as it should be.”