A Resident Evil 4 remake seems increasingly likely, but what exactly do we know about Capcom’s plans? Here’s everything we’ve gotten from the evidence so far.
Resident Evil 4 is one of the most celebrated entries in the Resident Evil series. Not only was it a boost for an aging franchise, but it also revolutionized the third-person action-adventure. There is a reason why it has been ported to almost every platform since its release. In fact, it’s so celebrated that some fans argue that it doesn’t need a remake.
When played on modern systems, Resident Evil 4 holds up pretty well, and the argument that a remake is unnecessary and that Capcom should turn its attention to Code Veronica or Dino Crisis carries some weight. But if Resident Evil 4 is so popular and commercially successful for the publisher, why don’t they remake it?
With Resident Evil Village sweeping the 2021 Game of the Year awards, let’s examine when we’ll return to the original spooky village in a Resident Evil 4 remake.
It seems likely. Remaking Resident Evil 4 will give Capcom the license to continue releasing the game on systems for years to come. Considering the success of the original, that’s exactly what they plan to do.
Now that the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes are in the rearview mirror, Capcom’s remake team will be on a new project. The remakes of the first three RE games (despite some quibbles regarding Resident Evil 3) were huge successes, both critically and commercially. So there are likely to be some tax-minded people at Capcom rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of remaking Resident Evil 4.
The most recent entry, Resident Evil Village, was a love letter to Resident Evil 4 in many ways. He borrowed from 4 as much as he did from 7. So it’s clear that the game is still in the collective mind of Capcom, and many of those who rushed to buy Village as well.
Resident Evil Village also upped the ante on its predecessor when it came to action, but did so without losing its identity as a horror game. This was a tightrope that Resident Evil 4 also successfully walked before RE 5 and 6 descended into full action.
If we use the history of the series and its current trajectory as indicators, then a Resident Evil 4 remake seems inevitable.
Capcom hasn’t officially confirmed a Resident Evil 4 remake. However, since Resident Evil 3’s release in 2020, little bits of information have allowed fans to build the case for its existence.
According to the usual Resident Evil leaker DuskGolemthe Resident Evil 4 remake has been in development since 2018. DuskGolem is usually correct when it comes to all things Resident Evil, so it’s easy to see why many fans take him at his word.
DuskGolem suggests that Resident Evil 4 will be different from the original and will be set in a “semi-open world”. He also said that the game’s merchant and chainsaw-wielding enemy will have a larger role. Resident Evil Village players will remember the Duke referencing his Resident Evil 4 counterpart. Could this end up being more than a bit of fan service?
(1/5) People have been asking me this morning about the RE:4 Remake Reddit rumour. I will tackle this point by point.
1. Of course Capcom is aware of the leaks, investigates them, the big hack was a big deal for them, in part due to private personal information. That was wrong.
— AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem (@AestheticGamer1) May 17, 2021
It’s also plausible that the chainsaw Ganado, or Doctor Salvador in the official art, could take on a more stalker role. This would be a great and scary way to repurpose the character and make him more like Mr. X, Nemesis, and Lady Dimitrescu. A full breakdown of these leaks can be found at Reddit here.
Assets related to a Resident Evil 4 remake were leaked onto the web last year during the infamous Capcom hack. Some of these included images of the town from the beginning of the game. However, these appear to have been removed after Capcom pounced on them. This is understandable as the footage was obtained through crime, but it is still evidence of the game’s existence.
Capcom themselves seem to have acknowledged that the cat in the Resident Evil 4 remake is out of the bag. Earlier this summer, the official Resident Evil website tweeted the number “4” followed by “Itchy. Tasty.” Longtime fans will recognize this as the final line of the Keepers Journal in RE1, in which a character describes their own T-Virus mutation.
The line is legendary among fans, but why did Capcom choose to tweet it now? Could the number 4 at the beginning be a foretaste of what is to come? Many fans are convinced it’s due to Capcom’s history of cryptically teasing future projects online.
The most recent teaser appeared during PlayStation Showcase. It’s a moment and you miss it, but during the intro video (around the 1.46 mark), a group of soldiers exit an elevator only to see a familiar image to their right (shown above).
The image is the Las Plagas symbol from Resident Evil 4 and is likely to have been added deliberately by Sony. The question is, is this simply a meaningless nod to the game or a cryptic tease of things to come?
Voice actor DC Douglas, known for playing Albert Wesker in Resident Evil 5, has reportedly shared footage of his character in the Resident Evil 4 remake with fans. The image was saved as a screenshot and later shared online by a Twitter user. @BewareCreepyVAs. The original story was published by CVG.
The character in the image is clearly a redesigned Albert Wesker and is supposedly taken from the Separate Ways chapter of the remake. In the original Resident Evil 4, Separate Ways watched Ada Wong attempting to steal a sample of the Las Plagas parasite for Wesker. The chapter is likely to return in the remake and the art would suggest that Wesker could play a larger role.
So not only did dc douglas break the NDA on the live stream by admitting to being wesker in the Separate Ways portion of the new #re4remake but he also sent the concept art that he gave @CapcomUSA_ @dev1_oficial #REBHFun #wesker #Resident Evil pic.twitter.com/BlE6orf3tK
— Helping spread awareness (@BewareCreepyVAs) November 27, 2021
Another tweet, posted later from the same account, claimed to have more evidence that Douglas shared the art and asked fans to keep it a secret. It has been alleged that Douglas used direct messages on Twitter to share the content. The voice actor who plays Leon has also hinted at his return in the past.
So far, there has been no comment from Capcom, with Douglas deleting his Twitter account following allegations of sexual misconduct.
The creator of the original Resident Evil 4 (and RE2), Shinji Mikami, has shared his thoughts on a possible remake. When RE4 first came out on the Nintendo GameCube, Mikami was serving as game director and oversaw much of the project. Since then he has created games like The Evil Within and Vanquish, both of which borrowed from RE4 in many ways.
In an interview with VG247, Mikami said he approved of a remake of RE4, saying, “The fans will most likely want it, and that’s a good thing.” And he adds: “It would be great if Capcom could do a great job and improve the story, and put out a good product.”
Mikami went on to explain that due to the tight deadlines during the production of RE4, he was unable to tell the story he wanted to tell and hopes that a possible remake of RE4 can rectify this. RE4 is hailed as one of the most celebrated games of all time, but more recent entries have arguably told better stories. This is despite the game featuring an excellent cast of Resi characters such as Leon, Ada, and Wesker.
Shinji Mikami also believes that the new version of RE4 will take on a creepier tone than the original, and that concepts that were scrapped in the final version could be revisited. Resident Evil 4 languished in development hell, going through at least 4 scrapped versions before the developers settled on a final one. As Resident Evil has taken on a more serious horror-focused style in recent years, this could translate to the remake as well.
That’s all we know so far about a possible Resi 4 remake, but Resident Evil: Village is still expected to receive DLC.