Thanks to a new report, we might have our first bit of information on the heavily rumoured Resident Evil 4 remake.
According to Fanbyte, a Resident Evil 4 remake is in fact in development, with Capcom encouraged to greenlight it following the success of the Resident Evil 2 remake. It was originally developed by M-Two, who assisted on the Resident Evil 3 remake, a studio made up of former-Capcom and ex-PlatinumGames developers.
Capcom reportedly hoped that going ahead with the Resident Evil 4 remake would potentially bring in Shinji Mikami, the director of the original Resident Evil games. The plan would be for him to work alongside Tatsuya Minami, former CEO of PlatinumGames. The two both having ‘m’ in their names was the inspiration behind the name M-Two, in fact.
Mikami now runs Tango Gameworks, developer of the upcoming Ghostwire Tokyo. And so he was concerned that the studio would fall apart without him, so declined to work on the Resident Evil 4 remake. Resident Evil 3 remake wasn’t received entirely positively, so development shifted internally, with M-Two assisting once again. But its work so far will still be used.
what will be different?
Capcom is apparently not looking to make an exact scene-by-scene recreation of the original. The original stars Leon Kennedy in a European village during the day over the course of 24 hours. The remake however will start it at night, and most of the game will occur at night as well.
Capcom also wants to flesh out things like Assignment: Ada, a short campaign mini-game found in the original. It didn’t feature much story, so they want to expand upon this in the remake. Later releases of Resident Evil 4 also included another short campaign called Separate Ways. Capcom plans to combine both into one package, to make a more polished companion piece. And the studio will be looking to announce the remake in early 2022.
It was already safe to say that Mikami wasn’t involved in the project. As in a recent interview, he expressed his hope for the story to be improved. We’ll just have to wait and see if Capcom has managed to do so.
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