It's been a while since we heard anything about the rumoured remake of Resident Evil 4, but a new report from Fanbyte suggests the project is making some changes to the beloved game. Citing sources speaking to the website, Imran Khan (who accurately reported on Xenoblade Chronicles 3 long before its announcement) claims the remake is expected to be unveiled in "early 2022". Therefore, if all goes to plan, a reveal may not be too far away.
The changes made in the remake, however, are what fans will be most interested in. According to Khan, the famous introductory sequence in which Leon S. Kennedy is chased by a gang of villagers will now take place at night. In fact, a "decent portion" of the game will be under the cover of darkness. This is apparently to make for a scarier tone and to bring the game more in line with what was pitched during the development of the original title on Nintendo Gamecube.
Elsewhere, some of the optional campaigns like Assignment: Ada and Separate Ways are being fleshed out. According to the report, Resident Evil 3 developer M-Two is focusing on combining the two campaigns to make for a "more fluid and polished companion piece". However, it's not yet known if this content will be part of the base package or sold later as DLC. It's also noted that side characters will be given larger roles and more screen time.
The Resident Evil 4 remake project is yet to be confirmed by Capcom, but if Fanbyte's report proves to be true, then an official announcement could take place in the next couple of months. We wouldn't expect it to actually launch until next year at the very least, however.
Are you excited or worried about these claims? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Resident Evil 4 is probably the most accessible PS2 game ever, now available on an absurd amount of platforms.
Therefore, I'm happy for Capcom to make some changes as long as they don't go completely crazy. That original experience will always be very easily accessible.
And the changes sound interesting, so that's cool.
I’ll be buying this one, stranger!
Changes are a good thing for such a ubiquitous game. Darkness sounds great actually, I love the fog of the original but lighting engines are so much better these days and it could work brilliantly.
Sounds great! Doesn’t need to be a carbon copy. And darker and scarier definitely sounds good!
IMHO Resident Evil 4 doesn't even need a Remake at all. It's still a great game to pick up and play to this day.
I'm down for it, I hope they make it scarier than the original. It kinda fell off for me in the second half, the regenerators were dope but I didn't like the whole zombies with guns thing.
The first time I played it was actually on the Wii. I absolutely loved it.
I’m pretty excited for this. Hopefully the changes are all positives and the biggest thing they need to do is ADD content, not take away like they did with RE3. It was far too short of an experience.
@LiamCroft - Ahem, most accessible Gamecube game.
@Shigurui Haha, true!
@LiamCroft GameCube not PS2 technically
But yeah it is a game on PS2
It's the same team who did RE3RE so I'm definitely not gonna care until I hear it's a remake that has nothing cut.
@Nepp67 Capcom brought development in house, so it's not M-Two leading anymore.
I don’t believe this to be true. Just wait and see until it happens.
I also didn’t believe xenoblade is getting a 3rd game but it is so I will just wait and see what happens
Still remember that all-red cover though. Just like the underground generator room and the hospital of TLOU & TLOUII respectively, the freezer room with the Iron Maiden made me dread playthroughs of this game.
Still torn on this. Firstly, there's so many other RE games that need remakes more, and secondly, because RE 4 holds up so well, and is so good on its own, that a remake would have to be so good or so drastically different that it feels like a good way to miss the mark.
Think half the people will be disappointed if it's not a faithful remake, and the other half will be upset if it's too much like the original game.
I think it will be a miracle if they produce a better RE4 that is just as universally loved.
@Stragen8 yeah the original resident evil 3 is my favourite resident evil game & although I enjoyed the remake it felt more like dlc for resident evil 2 remake than a full game
Can’t wait. I’ve had 3 remake installed on my PS5 for almost a year now and I’m finally playing it. I’ve beaten 4 countless times so it’ll be nice to see it in a new light.
Ah.... I'll buy it at a high price!
Thus far, this gen has been underwhelming. Remakes and smart delivery, everywhere. Even the new gen games are just pretty versions of older games. Halo, forza horizon 5, demon's souls, ratchet and clank. It feels like ps4 super pro and xbox series x-tra.
Honestly... unless it blows me away... polite pass.
Also... why did they skip Code Veronica?
There is talk they might revisit the original concept demo for RE 4 that is floating around on the internet which is potentially the post exciting thing for me. Hopefully a potential reveal in the next couple of months can give us hope that Sony has a showcase in the works
The only change it ‘needs’ is a Platinum… the rest will just be gravy 🧟♂️
Defo one thing they should change is to make the ending more memorable and challenging. If folk are actually up for multiplayer gaming from time to time please do add me ... HotstuffFred
@Uncharted2007 Heck At This Rate We Might Get a Resident Evil 5 Remake Before We Get Code Veronica
A more horror-focused RE4 would be awesome.
I’m totally here for this
The biggest missed opportunity with the whole RE remake series is Capcom not using them to completely revamp the continuity. Keep what worked, ditch anything that didn't, streamline the narrative, and add new content to set up future developments. I'm happy to hear they're making changes to RE4, and it was never going to happen, but I wish the RE4 remake was essentially a new game. Keep the atmosphere, maybe even the same basic setup, but drastically change everything else. I'd be legitimately elated if Capcom pulled the same trick Square-Enix pulled with FFVII Remake and just pulled the rug out from under the player.
@Uncharted2007 Because CV isn't a mainline entry, and isn't spinoff. It's not a classic RE like the first 3, and it's not the massive jump forward for the series that RE4 was. It's the awkward middle-kid of the series that Capcom rarely acknowledges and doesn't seem terribly interested in doing anything with. I wasn't crazy about it at release and age has not at all been kind to it, which is exactly why it's the absolute perfect candidate for the remake treatment.
Yeah make as many changes as you wish Capcom because the original is so easy to access, i mean i own it on PS5, Switch and Series S so if i want RE4 as it is i can just play them again, hopefully this is to RE4 as to what RE2R was to RE2.
I definitely don't envy the devs on this project if it turns out to be real. RE4 is a very special game in many people's hearts mine included. I bet every decision to change something feels like walking on eggshells.
That said these changes outlined in the article sounds like smart ones. I wish them luck!
where was all this positive energy for GTA
Sir it will always and forever be a GameCube game at heart.
Launched first on GameCube and it was the superior version.
@GeneJacket Code Veronica was actually tapped to be the 3rd before Nemesis became the sequel for PS1 and Code Veronica development switched over to Dreamcast. I agree though... it's often treated as the red headed step child of the series when there are far better options to be put in that category... looking at most the side games.
Why do we need a remake of RE4? I know it is a old game.
But damn... this game been ported and HD "remastered" does it really need another treatment.
@Uncharted2007 I think a big part of the way Capcom treats CV is due to the fact that its development was largely outsourced, so they may not really see it as a "proper" Resident Evil. Plus, none of the narrative beats or lore really factor much into the rest of the series, so they may feel like it can be easily ignored...and I would agree.
Sounds great to me, just as long as it takes after R2 remake and not RE3 remake. Besides Capcom has the current best track record for a large third party company, basically everything they put out now is money or very close to it.
I'll keep expectations in check after RE 3 remake, but I'll keep an eye out for it.
@CieloAzure easy money
Couldnt get into this one. The controls were just...bad. As in worse than playing the old RE games on PS1 bad. I just don't see myself ever finishing the original so hope this remake is good.
@GeneJacket Does Nemesis' lore really beat with the rest of the series? It's Jill escaping. Far more a side story game than sequel as it even uses the same assets as RE2. It's even more action oriented than the others via the dodge capabilities. Both were fun though.
Not a fan of the remakes aside from REmake, but it'll be interesting at least. Hoping we get a playable Luis Sera.
It's going to be interesting come the end of this gen. When we all realise there's only been around 10 actual new games, and 99% remakes, remasters, blaster masters, etc
@GeneJacket cv is a sequel to resident evil 2 , resident evil 3 wasn't a direct sequel as it happened before and after the events of resident evil 2.
@CieloAzure why not , it was a gamecube game. there's a lot they can update and change.
@Splat I agree the Wii version was awesome. In fact I believe I bought after you gave it such high praise.
Timelles clasic. No need for remake. Capcom creativity is on par with ubisoft.
Big Resident Evil fan and RE4 might be one of my all time favorite games, but I'm getting so tired of this remake, remaster culture. Please release some new content. I'm sure everyone who is remotely interested in RE4 has at least 1 way to play it by now.
At the end of the day, it's another survival horror game for me to play and hopefully enjoy.
I see RE2 original and RE2 remake as two totally different games, and I'll view these the same.
@LiamCroft I dunno how I feel about this. Like most other fans of RE i've completed 4 multiple times on multiple platforms. I'm not sure if just a graphics update and some mood lighting will be sufficient. That said RE2R was amazing so fingers crossed.
@Amusei Still the most horrible monsters the Regenerators i almost died of a heartattack the first time is saw the *****.
@dBackLash We still got RE8 so we get quite some new entries with some remakes for the fans of the older games that me.
@PegasusActual93 Resident Evil 4 controlled fantastic what are you talking about OG RE 0/1/2/3i cant understand but 4?
@Flaming_Kaiser I know bro, I was not expecting that 😹
I've bought this game 3 times. GameCube, Wii and PS4.
The Wii version for me was the absolute pinnacle due to the aim controls.
I'll absolutely buy it all over again assuming there's enough new content/changes made.
I really do wish they'd give the same treatment to Code Veronica though. Please Capcom!
You mean GameCube game!
I think this was on the nvidia leak too.
I am not happy. The game doesn't need a remake. It literally just came out with the VR version.
They NEED to remake code: veronica, not 4.
This is very happy news if true! I've been stalling on playing it in hopes of a HD remake.
I do hope they will eventually go back and remake 1 properly though, the PS4 port of the GameCube remake doesn't count.
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