Resident Evil 4 Remake Plans to Undergo Major Overhaul
Those excited for the upcoming remake of fan-favorite Resident Evil 4 may have to wait a bit longer before getting their hands on it.
It appears as though the long-awaited Resident Evil 4 Remake in development at Capcom is about to undergo some big behind-the-scenes changes.
Last year, Video Games Chronicle (VGC) reported developer M-Two has been leading the development of the project since 2018. However, VGC recently reported that the studio has seen its role be “significantly reduced” due to disagreements over its direction according to individuals with knowledge of the project. Capcom Divison 1, an internal team at the company that conducted development on Resident Evil and Devil May Cry games, will be taking the reigns of the project from here on out.
Not much is known about the relatively new M-Two studio. They did contribute to the development of last year’s Resident Evil 3 remake and are said to consist of former developers from PlatinumGames that worked on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Bayonetta 2. According to VGC, the studio’s main function was always to lead the development of the Resident Evil 4 remake.
VGC reports that the disagreements stemmed from the fact that Capcom’s production team would prefer to see the remake be more faithful to the original with a new take on features, story elements, and environments. M-Two seemingly wanted the game to go down the route of the Resident Evil 3 remake, which saw the exclusion of some parts that were in the original PlayStation version of the game. This partial reboot of the game can reportedly see the game be pushed back to as late as 2023.
Resident Evil 4 is an immensely popular game amongst fans and widely influenced the video game industry after its initial release in 2005. It is partially responsible for saving the series as a whole and is Capcom’s highest-rated game of all time on Metacritic. Being that the cut content in the Resident Evil 3 remake was generally not well received amongst members of the community, it may be for the best that the game is delayed for a bit longer. Series creator Shinji Mikami supported the idea of a Resident Evil 4 remake, saying that “as long as it turns out good” he has no problems with it.
In other Resident Evil news, Capcom recently revealed new information regarding the upcoming Resident Evil 8: Village, including deluxe and collector’s edition bundles, a release date, and a PlayStation 5 exclusive demo. A multiplayer centric game, titled Resident Evil Re:Verse, was also revealed to be included with purchases of Resident Evil 8: Village and it has also been rumored that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will receive PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S ports.