Resident Evil 4 remake gets surprise State of Play reveal and PSVR2 features
Capcom’s long-rumoured remake of Resident Evil 4 will be out next March and both it and Resident Evil Village will support PSVR2.
Thursday night’s State of Play event was more significant than many imagined, as not only did it showcase footage of four PlayStation VR2 games but it also provided the first look at gameplay for Street Fighter 6, Final Fantasy 16, and the PC version of Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Arguably the most exciting reveal though was the remake of Resident Evil 4, which has been an open secret for years but which nothing has been seen of until now.
The game seems to follow very much the same formula as the Resident Evil 2 remake, and the considerably less successful Resident Evil 3 (which was made by a different team on a smaller budget).
The graphics in Resident Evil 4 look fantastic, with the game being listed only for PlayStation 5. It’s probably also on Xbox Series X/S and PC, since nothing was said about it being exclusive, but you’re not going to get any confirmation of that during a State of Play.
The PlayStation Blog offers very little additional information, especially on the burning issue of how cheesy it will be. Resident Evil 3, in particular, was dry as magnum of Cabernet Sauvignon, which removed a key element of the series’ appeal.
As well as being one of the best video games ever made, the original Resident Evil 4 was gloriously silly but there’s no obvious sign of that in the remake trailer.
‘We aim to make the game feel familiar to fans of the series, while also providing a fresh feeling to it’, says the PlayStation Blog. ‘This is being done by reimagining the storyline of the game while keeping the essence of its direction, modernising the graphics and updating the controls to a modern standard.’
Updating the controls is another major issue, as the original didn’t allow you to move and shoot at the same time, which sounds archaic now but was intrinsic to the pacing of the action and challenge of the game.
Changing it to a standard third person set-up also risks removing much of what made the original so distinctive, so this will have been no easy task for Capcom – with rumours suggesting the project was once restarted almost from scratch.
Now though it’s scheduled for release on March 24, 2023, with no doubt much more news to come over the course of the year.
Arriving after launch will be support for PlayStation VR2, which will hopefully include the option to play the whole game in VR.
The fact that that’s not being added until after launch may hint at the release date of the headset itself, but Sony said nothing about that during the livestream.
They did, however, confirm that a VR version of Resident Evil Village is also on its way. There’s no mention of any new content but there will be new features such as being able to hold a gun in one hand and a knife in the other, thanks to the new controllers.
Whether it’ll be released as a free update or not wasn’t made clear clear and there was no hint at a release date either.
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