One of the cult installments of Capcom’s horrifying saga, Resident Evil 4 returns on March 24th, 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC in a brand new formula. With this remake, the studio wants to dust off the title that was released in January 2005. We’re taking stock of everything you need to know: release date, gameplay, new features.
for some years, Capcom has made a habit of giving a second life to the cult episodes of Resident Evil. This was the case, for example, with Resident Evil 2, which received a quality overhaul on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Shortly thereafter, Resident Evil 3 Nemesis also had the rights to a remake, but it was much less successful due to the lack of the original game’s flagship levels (especially that of the bell tower).
After the great commercial success, it was more than obvious that Capcom, for its part, would breathe new life into Resident Evil 4, a cult episode that marked a deep cut into the gameplay and the tone adapted from the saga. With this installment signed by Shinji Mikami (the father of the saga), Resident Evil has turned away from horror in favor pure and hard action (until they morph into Call of Duty Like with Resident Evil 6).
However, Capcom confirmed the news during Sony’s State of Play on June 2, 2022. Yes, Resident Evil 4 will be making a comeback on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC. Through this file you will find everything you need to know about this remake of Leon Scott Kennedy’s misadventures: release date, gameplay and new features.
🗓️ When will Resident Evil 4 Remake be released and on which platforms?
If you’re curious about the idea of rediscovering this iconic episode, you know you’ll have to wait until March 24, 2023, official release date of the Resident Evil 4 remake. The title is expected on PS5, Xbox Series X/Series S and PC. Intended as a next-gen project, the game ignores the previous generation of consoles. Fact, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch owners will not be able to enjoy it.
However, be careful, if we obviously hope that this schedule will be respected, we are not immune to a possible postponement of the release, particularly due to the economic situation (resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic, massive recourse to teleworking, etc.). .
📄 What is the story of Resident Evil 4 Remake?
Unsurprisingly, Resident Evil 4 Remake’s story will largely continue that of the original opus. Still, Capcom has indicated that it intends to make certain changes to achieve this Modernize story and staging. The plot can therefore be slightly different.
But whatever happens, the player will find himself back in the shoes of Leon Scott Kennedy. The main character of RE 2 is no longer the young agent he was during the events of Raccoon City. Six years have passed since the disaster, and now Leon works as a special agent for the President of the United States.
Due to his vast experience, Leon is sent to Spain under the direct orders of the White House tenant to find and rescue the President’s daughter. Ashley Graham. His investigations lead him to a remote and isolated Spanish village. Rumor has it that a strange cult is rampant here. Barely arrived on site, Leon meets a resident who decides to lunge at him, ax in hand. Very fast, Leon understands that this simple rescue mission is turning into a nightmare. In order to survive, he has to fight every moment.
🎮 Resident Evil 4 Remake gameplay
Unfortunately, on the gameplay side of Resident Evil 4 Remake, we have very little information to put our mouths to. One thing is certain, revenge The 3rd person view will definitely make a comeback, after a passage in the FPS view of Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil Village.
“Thanks to updated graphics, the feeling of isolation and fear from the original game is increased. And the controls have been modernized to improve gameplay.” Capcom announces on the game’s official website that unfortunately the studio hasn’t gone into detail about the gameplay changes yet. However, we suspect that it will be possible to aim and shoot while moving, while Leon will have a greater range of dodges (roll, sidestep, etc.).
However, we hope so the avalanche of QTE present in the original work will be left behind. It must be said that the game has used and abused this system to offer overly “interactive” cinematics… After nothing is decided, the success of narrative games like The Quarry or Until Dawn has proven that QTEs still have a bright future ahead of them.
Another point that we keep our fingers crossed for Ashley’s AI will also be revised. It must be said that in the original version of the title, the young woman was more than anything an obstacle to rush headlong into the smallest trap and onto the nearest enemy. Having to take care of an AI as dumb as his feet wasn’t exactly pleasant, even if it led to hilarious scenes.
On the other hand, we must expect some major changes, first from a graphical point of view using the latest version of the RE Engine, the engine used on RE 7 and RE Village. As the first snippets show, the game benefits from lush lighting effects and fairly detailed environments. Also, most of the daytime scenes today take place at night, a way for Capcom to reinforce the terrifying aspect of the title. “This time we are developing the game with the goal of offering an exceptional level of quality, in line with what we can expect from a survival horror set in 2023, while preserving the essence of the original game.” assures Capcom.
So much for this overview of the first elements surrounding the Resident Evil 4 remake. this file is regularly updated according to statements and presentations by Capcom. Don’t hesitate to consult it from time to time to see if there’s anything new!
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