Resident Evil 2, 3, And 7 Getting Free Next-Gen Upgrades This Year

Three big Resident Evil titles are getting free next-gen upgrades this year, complete with ray tracing, 3D audio, and more

Published: March 2, 2022 11:10 AM /


Jill aiming at a zombie in Resident Evil 3

Three major Resident Evil titles are getting next-gen upgrades this year. Resident Evil 23, and are all coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S sometime in 2022, complete with visual improvements including ray tracing and high frame rates.

What do we know about these Resident Evil next-gen upgrades?

Along with multiplayer shooter Resident Evil Re:Verse, Capcom has announced that three more Resident Evil games are coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S this year. According to a press release, Resident Evil 2 and (the remakes, not the originals) and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard are all coming to next-gen platforms sometime in 2022. Naturally, they'll launch with a host of new features for PS5 and Xbox Series platforms as well. If you're playing on PC, the new features will come in the form of a free update.

Leon aiming at the Birkin monster in Resident Evil 2
All three next-gen Resident Evil games coming this year will have extra features including ray tracing and 3D audio.

All three games will be eligible for a free upgrade if you already own the originals, either through a PS4 to PS5 upgrade or through Xbox Smart Delivery. This follows whether you've got physical or digital versions of the games. In addition, the three games will sport new graphical and presentational features including ray tracing, 3D audio, and high frame rate. If you pick up the PS5 versions, you'll also get extra DualSense features, although Capcom is remaining tight-lipped on what those are for now. If Resident Evil is enhanced to anywhere near the same degree as The Medium by DualSense controls, consider us pre-emptively terrified.

When are these Resident Evil next-gen upgrades launching?

Unfortunately, we don't have a Resident Evil next-gen release date yet, not for any of these three games. Capcom merely says they're coming "later this year", so it looks like we might have a little while to wait for them. There's also no word on whether Resident Evil 2 or will be making their way to the Nintendo Switch anytime soon; after all, Resident Evil 7 did (albeit only in Japan). Still, even if these games did make an appearance on Nintendo's console, it's unlikely they'd boast any of the upgrade features listed here.

Ethan aiming at a Mold monster in Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7 made its way to Switch, albeit only in Japan, so maybe Resident Evil 2 and could appear on Nintendo's console too.

While you wait for the next-gen upgrades, you can grab Resident Evil 23, and on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PC. They're all well worth checking out; after Resident Evil 6 proved somewhat divisive, Resident Evil 7 put things back on track, and and are both very solid remakes. We're excited to find out how the new next-gen features find ways to make the Mold, Mr. X, and Nemesis terrifying all over again.

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