The Resident Evil 4 Remake is real and it was announced along with the Resident Evil 4 Remake release date. Sony's latest State of Play digital showcase started off with a bang with a trailer of Capcom's remake of the beloved action-horror title.
The trailer was light on gameplay, but heavy on presentation and mood. Much like the Resident Evil 2 and 3 Remakes released recently, the Resident Evil 4 Remake is a re-imagining of the 2005 original with the modern audiovisual presentation provided by Capcom's new Re Engine.
Aside from a more serious tone, the plot of the Resident Evil 4 Remake appears to remain the same in many ways. You play as Leon Kennedy. You are assigned to rescue the President's daughter from a cult somewhere in Europe. Horrible biological experiments try to stop you.
But it is that very tonal shift in the Resident Evil 4 Remake trailer that puts the original in stark relief. Resident Evil 4 is a beloved entry in the series for two key reasons. The first is the introduction of a third-person over the shoulder camera angle, facilitating a more fast-paced action-horror approach to gameplay. This revolutionized survival-horror gameplay so much, not only became standard for the Resident Evil series, it inspired other action-horror franchises like Dead Space.
The second is the story's campy, almost irreverent tone. Leon Kennedy rescuing the President's daughter from monsters is juxtaposed with absurd vignettes such as a boss fight with a giant mutant fish, running away from giant statues, and corny one-liners from the hero.
According to an official PlayStation Blog post, this shift in tone for the Resident Evil 4 Remake was intentional. To quote Capcom Promotion Producer Edvin Edsö, "We aim to make the game feel familiar to fans of the series, while also providing a fresh feeling to it. This is being done by reimagining the storyline of the game while keeping the essence of its direction, modernizing the graphics and updating the controls to a modern standard."
What is the Resident Evil 4 Remake Release Date?
The Resident Evil 4 Remake is slated to release March 24, 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The game will also include content on PSVR2 for those who buy it on PlayStation 5.