Joseph has been an avid horror video game fan since first visiting the world of survival horror in Resident Evil 4 back in 2005.
Resident Evil 4 was one of the most influential video games of the early 2000's as it not only redefined the third-person shooter genre, but also perfected it in such a way that it has continued to inspire games almost two decades after its initial release. Dead Space, Uncharted, Bioshock, Gears of War, The Last of Us, even God of War are but a few of the games that Resident Evil 4 has helped influenced over the years.
So following the successes of both the Resident Evil 2 remake (2019) and the Resident Evil 3 remake (2020), it was only a matter of time before Capcom would announce a remake for one of their most beloved games.
The Resident Evil 4 remake will release on March 24, 2023 at the time of this writing. There has been a lot of debate on whether or not RE4 deserves a remake as it seems so soon after its initial release on the Gamecube in 2005. However, after watching the initial trailers for the remake it is clear to see why Capcom has decided to go ahead with a remake.
- Resident Evil 4 - State of Play June 2022 Announcement Trailer | PS5 Games - YouTube
- Resident Evil 4 - 2nd Trailer | PS5 Games - YouTube
Capcom has stated that while the remake will preserve the essence of the original game it will also introduce modernized gameplay, "vividly detailed graphics", and a reimagined storyline. Their aim is to make this the latest survival horror game where "life and death, terror and catharsis intersect".
While the Resident Evil 4 remake was shown off during Playstation's "State of Play" event it will not be a Playstation exclusive title. It is currently available for pre-order for the following consoles:
- Xbox Series X|S
If you buy the PS4 version of the game it can be upgraded to the PS5 version at no additional cost. The remake is also being developed for the PSVR2 which currently does not have have a release date.
Standard, Deluxe, and Collector's Editions
Standard Edition ($60)
If you choose to only get the Standard Edition of the game it will cost you $60. All you will get with this is just the game itself unless you decide to pre-order it. The pre-order bonus for the standard edition comes with just a cosmetic item for your attache case and a weapon charm.
The Deluxe Edition ($70)
The Deluxe Edition costs only $10 more than the Standard Edition, and along with the base game you will also get an "Extra DLC Pack" that includes:
- Two costumes for both Leon and Ashley ("Casual" and "Romantic")
- Two costumes specifically for Leon ("Hero" and "Villain")
- Two video filters ("Hero" and "Villain")
- "Sunglasses (Sporty)" accessory item for Leon
- The "Sentinel Nine" handgun
- The "Skull Shaker" shotgun
- Treasure Map: Expansion
- Original Soundtrack swap
The Collector's Edition ($250)
The Collector's Edition is geared towards, well, collectors and its price tag reflects that. Below is what all you can expect with this edition:
- Resident Evil 4 & Steelbook
- Extra DLC Pack Product Code
- Digital Soundtrack
- Figure: Leon S. Kennedy
- Special Map
- Collector's Box
You can pre-order both the Deluxe and Collector's Editions and receive additional cosmetic items: another attache case cosmetic and another weapon charm.
The Story & Characters
Just as with the original, this story will follow Leon Kennedy. Once a rookie cop during the Raccoon City Incident six years prior he is now an agent reporting directly to the President of the United States. Now, having gone through many different missions since then, his current objective it to locate President Graham's daughter, Ashley, who has been kidnapped. His search has lead him to a secluded European village where something is not quite right about the locals.
A few characters from the original have been confirmed including Luis Sera and Ada Wong. What exactly their roles in this remake will be is still uncertain. As we saw with Ada in the Resident Evil 2 remake, Capcom altered how her story played out quite a bit, so expect the same "reimagining" approach here.
Bitores Mendez ("the big cheese"), Ramon Salazar, and Osmund Saddler are also returning as antagonists to Leon's mission, but very little has been revealed about them other than their updated character models. In spite of that, it should be safe to assume that you can expect a lot of the same story beats as the original.
As far as where this game stands within the context of Capcom's soft reboot of the series it is still uncertain. The original Resident Evil 4 was more of a side-story in the overarching lore, as it wasn't a direct sequel to Resident Evil 3 but helped set up the events that lead to Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. It remains to be seen if the same treatment will be given to the remake or not, but as it stands now you should not have to play any of the previous games to be able to appreciate Resident Evil 4.
The original Resident Evil 4 on the Gamecube had a mode called "Assignment Ada" once you finished the game where you got to play as Ada during a certain section of the game. The Playstation 2 version had a different mode where you also got to play as Ada called "Separate Ways" which added a lot of context to the overarching story and helped firmly connect the game back to the main series. Both versions had a Mercenaries mode which was also unlocked after completing the game.
There has been no word on any DLC for the remake (besides the "Extra DLC Pack"), but if these modes aren't included on release you can expect them to be released as DLC at some point in the future.
"Where's Everyone Going? Bingo?"
That is everything we know so far about the Resident Evil 4 remake. I have a feeling that there will be more than a few surprises for both new and returning players alike when the game finally launches. There is a large section of the original game that we haven't seen yet in any footage. Interesting, no?
I will continue to update this page if there are any new announcements. As the release date approaches I am sure we will get another teaser trailer revealing a little more of the game and the characters within.