“Survival horror reimagined“
Sony kicked off this afternoon’s State of Play showcase in one of the best ways possible: with a new Resident Evil announcement! We got our first official look at the long-rumored Resident Evil 4 remake, along with a March 24, 2023 release date and confirmation that PlayStation VR2 “content” is currently “in development.” What a way to start!
The first footage of this RE Engine Resident Evil 4 remake looks familiar in some spots and foreign in others. Overall, at least with this specific trailer, it seems like the vibe is more horror-centric. How Capcom will handle some of Resident Evil 4‘s wackier moments remains to be seen and will surely be cause for a lot of speculation, especially after the Resident Evil 3 remake felt trimmed down. I hope it strikes the right balance of new vs. old.
I mean, many of us have lost count of how many times we’ve torn through RE4 in its many, many ported forms. I’m excited to see something fresh, that hits hard in 2023, without straying too far from what made the original game great. It’ll be a steep challenge.
On the PlayStation Blog, promotion producer Edvin Edsö said that the developers at Capcom “aim to make [the Resident Evil 4 remake] 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.”
PlayStation VR2 support is fantastic to hear, as Resident Evil 7 did a lot of heavy lifting for Sony’s original VR headset. And as a bonus, the State of Play stream also confirmed that Resident Evil Village will support PlayStation VR2. My wish came true!
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