Yesterday’s Resident Evil Showcase was flooded with related news: here’s everything we heard about the Resident Evil 4 Remake!
Capcom revealed the bonuses players who purchase the Deluxe or Collector’s Edition of Resident Evil 4 Remake will receive. The bonuses will include physical or in-game extras depending on the version players purchase and are sure to excite all fans of the long-running Resident Evil franchise.
Initially released in 2005 for Nintendo GameCube, Resident Evil 4 is one of the most popular titles in the long-running Resident Evil franchise.
The game was praised by critics and fans of the series upon its release and has received numerous ports and updates over the years, with a new Resident Evil 4 Remake due in March 2023.
As part of the Resident Evil Showcase, Capcom has announced pricing for the Deluxe and Collector’s editions of the game and the extras included in each version. The Deluxe edition of the game will cost players $69.99 and will have a copy of the game along with a collection of bonus DLC. The included DLC will give players four new costumes and a pair of sunglasses for Leon, two new outfits for Ashley, two in-game weapons, a soundtrack swap, and a treasure map to help players find secret items that cannot be discovered in the standard edition.
For players who want the ultimate Resident Evil 4 experience, the Collector’s Edition of the game will be available for $249.99.
Along with the game, it includes a whole host of physical and digital collectibles. It arrives in a themed box that includes a Steelbook case for the game, an art book and map of the game world, product codes for the DLC, a copy of the soundtrack, and a detailed Leon S. Kennedy figurine ready to take on the game’s parasitic hordes. Players not willing to spend extra money on special editions will also receive pre-order bonuses for the standard edition of Resident Evil 4.
Extended gameplay trailer for the Resident Evil 4 Remake
Capcom also released a new gameplay trailer for the Resident Evil 4 remake yesterday, confirming some significant gameplay changes. Along the way, it introduces enhanced combat and the infamous “chainsaw man”, aka Dr. Salvador.
The new gameplay trailer for the remake began with protagonist Leon S. Kennedy entering the villagers’ house at the beginning of the game, just like in the original.
The remake is definitely going for a scarier vibe than the original RE4, but that doesn’t mean it forgoes the action or kitsch. The gameplay jumps to the famous village scene from the original Resident Evil 4, where Leon has to take on a swarm of villagers at the same time. Here, fans can see that Leon still has his signature melee attacks, including a devastating roundhouse kick. But this time, he has some other impressive moves up his sleeve.
In the Resident Evil 4 Remake, Leon can finish off enemies with brutal melee attacks with his knife that weren’t really possible in the original release. In addition, Leon can also parry with his knife to dodge enemy attacks. This also includes parrying a chainsaw, which shows that although the game will seem to be more severe than previous versions of the game, there will still be plenty of humour and parody.
The Resident Evil 4 remake looks set to pay homage to the original game without being afraid to broaden its horizons a little.
How long will the Resident Evil 4 Remake be?
In an interview with PC Gamer on Tuesday, Resident Evil 4 Remake producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi said that players could expect the remake to be “about the same” length as the original RE4.
Kobayashi was asked if Capcom’s reviews of the last two remakes and player feedback had influenced his decision on the remake, and he specifically cited the length of the game.
“When we started production on RE4, we looked into what people thought was good [in the RE2 and RE3 remakes] and what could’ve been done better,” Kobayashi said.
“One example is the play time for RE4 is about the same as the original game.”
Kobayashi’s statement still leaves a lot unknown: Significant changes may be made to some of RE4’s environments, even if the overall length remains roughly the same. The remake might ditch the Mercenaries mini-game or the “Separate Ways” mode, in which you could play as Ada Wong after completing the campaign. But judging by how much the game’s intro sticks to the original RE4, I think Capcom treats this game with special respect.