The Resident Evil 4 reboot is one of the most eagerly awaited titles coming out in March. The latest release in Capcom’s legendary series takes fans back to one of the most critically acclaimed releases, but with a little twist.
Here’s everything you need to know about Resident Evil 4.
RE4 is expected to be released on March 24th for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam. This type of remix is still available for pre-order and there are three different versions.
There is a standard, deluxe and collector’s edition.
Pre-order and Collector’s Edition information
The Standard Edition includes only the game in digital or physical form and costs $59.99.
All pre-orders will receive the following in-game items:
– Briefcase: ‘Gold’
– Briefcase: ‘Classic’
– Charm: ‘Pistol Ammo’
– Amulet: ‘Green Herb’
– Mini soundtrack
The Deluxe Edition retails for $69.99 and includes the main game, the game items listed above, and the Extra DLC pack which includes the following items:
– Leon & Ashley costumes: ‘Casual’
– Leon & Ashley Costumes: ‘Romantic’
– Leon Costume & Filters: ‘Hero’
– Leon Costume & Filters: ‘Villain’
– Leon Accessories: ‘Sunglasses (Sporty)’
– Deluxe Weapon: ‘Sentinel Nine’
– Deluxe Weapon: ‘Skull Shaker’
– ‘Original Ver.’ soundtrack swap
– Treasure Map: Expansion
The Collector’s Edition is for serious RE fans. It costs $249.99 and includes everything included in the Deluxe Edition plus several physical collectibles.
- The game in a steel box
- Additional DLC product code
- Digital Soundtrack
- art book
Here is a picture of the item:
Developer and publisher – Capcom
Capcom handled development for the remake and executive produced the original which was released in 2005, Hiroyuki Kobayashi is also the lead actor of this project.
Kobayashi spoke to IGN’s Kat Bailey back in October 2022. According to Kobayashi, after RE2-3 received the same treatment, the studio tackling a RE4 remake was a “natural continuation”.
“However, redesigning a game so loved by players and available on as many platforms as Resident Evil 4 seemed like a difficult project for us,” Kobayashi pointed out.
“As a member of the development team for the original and a fan of the game, I believe Resident Evil 4 is an excellent overall product. At the same time, I’m also amazed that seventeen years have passed since its publication. After so much time, we too have gained a lot of knowledge about game development. We’re now able to make games that are fun on both a deeper and broader level, even when it comes to elements like controls and storytelling. We thought adding this knowledge to Resident Evil 4 would make it an even more enjoyable title.”
Leon White returns as the protagonist
Leon S. Kennedy, arguably the most iconic character in the history of the series, returns as the protagonist. The character’s model is based on the Romanian model Eduard Badaluta, as was the case in the RE2 remake.
Important new features
The optics got a big boost. While the ranges are based on the original, the technical upgrade has allowed Capcom to bring the classic version to this generation of consoles without any concessions.
According to Kobayashi, the game won’t feature many quick-time events, although he admits many people define the term differently. RE4 was also designed to give the player some agency, which appears to have been inspired by the developers observing the different approaches players took to completing previous versions.
The briefcase mini-games are back, but have been designed to allow the user to switch weapons more quickly. Also, Leon can wield multiple knives (the most famous weapon in the game).
Chainsaw Demo is available for free
Capcom offers a glimpse of the adventure ahead with the Chainsaw demo, available now for free.
Here’s a look at the trailer:
RE remake story according to critical reviews
The RE2 remake was very well received by critics. It has a Metacritic score of 91, while RE3 wasn’t quite as popular. It registered a solid but less than spectacular 79 on the site. Initial talks surrounding RE4 have been mostly positive, although reviews won’t be arriving for another week.
What is the buzz?
The Guardian’s Keith Stuart gave a big endorsement to the RE4 remake on Wednesday. It wasn’t a full review, but Stuart wrote:
“This remake of classic horror is like a crime thriller, with every chapter ending on a cliffhanger – proof that linear narrative games always have a place amid open-world blockbusters.”
Other titles to be released this week
RE4 won’t have much competition in the first week. Sony San Diego Studio’s MLB The Show 23 is also out March 28th, with Early Access beginning March 24th.
Another sports title, EA Sports PGA Tour, was originally scheduled to be released on March 24, but was pushed back to April 7. It’s unclear how much overlap there is between these two games and RE fans, but Capcom’s remake could take center stage for non-sports players in its first week available.