Resident Evil 4 remake is finally official


Capcom has officially announced a remake of Resident Evil 4.

Debuted during a PlayStation State of Play broadcast on Thursday, the Japanese publisher confirmed RE4 remake will release on March 24, 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam. The game will also support PlayStation VR2.

According to Capcom, Resident Evil 4 remake will preserve the essence of the original game, while “introducing modernized gameplay, a reimagined storyline, and vividly detailed graphics”.

As first reported by VGC back in 2020, the Resident Evil 4 remake has been in development since 2018, initially led by Osaka-based M-Two, but later taken over by mainline Resident Evil studio Capcom Division 1.

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“We are excited to finally be able to talk about Resident Evil 4!” wrote Capcom promotion producer Edvin Edso.

“Resident Evil 4 is a remake of the 2005 game Resident Evil 4. When it first came out, Resident Evil 4 revolutionized the Resident Evil franchise with its new game-style that combined action, shooting, and resource management elements, subsequently setting the standard for future Resident Evil titles.

“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.”

2005’s Resident Evil 4 is Capcom’s highest-rated game of all-time, according to review aggregation site Metacritic, with sales totalling 10.4 million copies across various platforms.

Resident Evil 4 remake is finally official

Resident Evil 4 remake is finally official
Resident Evil 4 remake is finally official
Resident Evil 4 remake is finally official

The horror instalment is regarded as one of the most influential games of the 2000s, with its off-the-shoulder viewpoint in particular widely adopted by many third-person shooters that followed.

In the 15 years since its release, Resident Evil 4 has been ported and remastered many times, but never fully remade.

Resident Evil 4’s original director, Shinji Mikami, was approached to co-found M-Two but turned down the role due to his commitment to Bethesda’s GhostWire: Tokyo, VGC was told.

The veteran designer has since given his blessing to the Resident Evil 4 remake publicly. “As long as it turns out good I have no issues with it,” Mikami told IGN.

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