Capcom first released the original Resident Evil 4 in 2005. Fast forward almost two decades; we are officially getting a release date for the Resident Evil 4 remake – one of the most beloved games in the series.
To provide a little background, Resident Evil 4 was the game that set the standards for the series going forward. Gone are those usual tank controls and the fixed camera angle; the Resident Evil 4 became an over-the-shoulder shooter with an emphasis on action.
With the game’s release coming up pretty soon, here’s everything we know about it, including the Resident Evil 4 Remake release date, trailer, platforms, possible gameplay, and leaks.
When is the Resident Evil 4 Remake Release Date?
Resident Evil 4 Remake is now available as of March 24, 2023. This launch date was revealed during the Resident Evil Showcase on Capcom’s YouTube channel.
Capcom has already remade Resident Evil 2 and 3, so a release date announcement for a Resident Evil 4 Remake seemed quite inevitable.
Plus, with the pre-order announcements popping up, we’re approaching ever so close to getting our hands on the game!
What Platforms is Resident Evil 4 Remake Releasing on?
Resident Evil 4 Remake is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Capcom revealed this announcement during the Developer Game Overview.
While initially revealed during a PlayStation Direct, Resident Evil 4 Remake isn’t exclusive to PlayStation platforms, and like recent Resident Evil releases, it’s available across all major platforms.
Resident Evil 4 Remake Gameplay – What to Expect?
Capcom has spent considerable time and effort ensuring everything feels identical to the original Resident Evil 4. However, this is a remake, so being identical isn’t good enough.
Here’s every change we found after analyzing the revealed gameplay and trailer for the Resident Evil 4 remake:
Greater Focus on Exploration
Right off the bat, we see Leon pathfinding his way through the woods to the first house. Compared to the original’s haphazard approach, we will be getting more exploration time in instances that were not given the limelight in the original version.
The house itself has also been heavily expanded upon; multiple doors lead to various rooms with distinct props and assets. We also get a dark and creepy basement as a cherry on top!
A New Crouch Mechanic
A crouch mechanic has been added to the Resident Evil 4 remake, and you can easily change your stance whenever you want. It’s a nice addition that adds another layer of gameplay options that Leon has to avoid alerting enemies, and sneaking up on them.
Are We Getting Stealth Mode in Resident Evil 4?
Resident Evil 4 Remake has minimal stealth elements that can be used to take out a few enemies by remaining undetected. You’ll eventually get spotted, though, because Leon isn’t as sneaky as you’d hope.
You Can Now Stab Ganados Lunging At You!
The knife’s move set has been expanded, and you can use it for stealth kills, parrying, and even stabbing ganados if you’re caught. Keep in mind that your knife degrades and eventually breaks, which you can repair at the merchant.
Improvements in the Storyline
For fans of the original, you’ll be glad to know that the main storyline is the same, but there have been additions and slight changes made throughout. These expand how certain characters are introduced and their motivations. These additions are for the better, and improve the experience as a whole, while giving fans of the original more content to enjoy.
A Brand New Parry Mechanic
Leon can now parry a lot of attacks using his knife. The parry window is quite generous, and you don’t need perfect timing to pull it off. The catch, as explained above is that the knife used for parrying eventually breaks, which can be repaired.
New Crafting Items
Crafting has been streamlined in Resident Evil 4 Remake, and you have faster access to different craftable possibilities if you inspect an item. This expanded system is as satisfying as inventory management, which has also been kept in the remake.
Trading is Also Possible Now!
There’s a new menu in Resident Evil 4 Remake that lets you trade pink diamonds for different items including weapons, including treasure maps, weapons, and crafting items.
Resident Evil 4 Remake has Denuvo
The PC version of the release does indeed feature Denuvo anti-tamped technology. CAPCOM usually remove this from their titles after a certain period though.
Resident Evil 4 Remake – System Requirements
Here are the official system requirements for Resident Evil Remake:
Minimum PC Requirements
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 / Intel Core i5-7500
- RAM: 8 GB
- OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
- VIDEO CARD: AMD Radeon RX 560 with 4GB VRAM / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB VRAM
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
- DirectX: Version 12
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4096 MB
- ADDITIONAL NOTES: Estimated performance (when set to Prioritize Performance): 1080p/60fps. ・Framerate might drop in graphics-intensive scenes. ・AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 required to support ray tracing.
Recommended PC Requirements
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 / Intel Core i7 8700
- RAM: 16 GB
- OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
- VIDEO CARD: AMD Radeon RX 5700 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
- DirectX: Version 12
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 8192 MB
- ADDITIONAL NOTES: Estimated performance: 1080p/60fps ・Framerate might drop in graphics-intensive scenes. ・AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 required to support ray tracing.
Will There Be Multiple Editions of Resident Evil 4 Remake?
Yes, there will be more than one edition of Resident Evil 4 Remake.
Capcom has revealed two versions of the game, apart from the standard edition. The Resident Evil 4 Remake now has a Deluxe Edition and a Collector’s Edition, both with their share of themed collectibles.
RE4 Remake Deluxe Edition
The Deluxe Edition has a variety of goodies for players, including special weapons, character costumes, and the original game’s soundtrack, along with more extras. This edition of the game will set players back $69.99/£64.99, region respectively.
The entire list of everything included in this version is as follows:
- 2-themed Costumes: For both Leon and Ashley.
- Good-and-Bad-Themed Costumes and Filters: For Leon, only.
- Deluxe Weapons: “Sentinel Nine” and “Skull Shaker”.
- Option to Replace: The remake’s soundtrack with the original version from Resident Evil 4.
- Treasure Map Expansion: unlocks additional loot not found on regular maps.
RE4 Remake Collector’s Edition
If you wanna spend a substantial amount more to appease your inner Resident Evil fan, you can get the Collector’s Edition.
This version will be available to buy for a grand amount of $249.99/£249.99. It contains all the items from the Deluxe Edition and amazing physical collectibles to drool over, such as a Leon figure and an artbook to enjoy key game artwork.
The entire list of everything in this edition is as follows:
- Deluxe Edition DLC
- Digital game soundtrack
- Special Map
- Leon S. Kennedy figure
- Collector’s Box
In addition to these extra goodies, pre-ordering the editions also nets players additional in-game items. For pre-orders of the Standard Edition, players get the Attaché Case: Gold and the Special Charm: Handgun Ammo.
Similarly, booking a pre-order for either the Deluxe or Collector’s version will get you the Attaché Case: Classic and the Special Charm: Green Herb, along with the items mentioned before for the Standard Edition. Pre-orders are currently open, so make your way to online stores and get your hands on whatever edition you want.
Resident Evil 4 Remake Mercenaries Mode
The iconic fan-favorite mercenaries mode is releasing as a free DLC on April 7, 2023.
Will the Resident Evil 4 Remake Get Multiplayer?
There is no official announcement that RE4 Remake will get a multiplayer mode.
Although there has been no official word from Capcom relating to Resident Evil 4 Remake getting a multiplier mode, there are several reasons to suspect that it might be happening. ESRB, or Entertainment Software Rating Board, mentioned on its website that the game would have in-game purchases.
This might seem like a shot in the dark, but this announcement could potentially mean that Resident Evil 4 Remake could be getting a multiplayer mode. Resident Evil 3 Remake also featured in-game purchases, and it did have a multiplayer mode called Resident Evil Resistance. This additional bundle served as the co-op mode for the base game.
Another thing worth noticing is that the in-game purchases are only for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox series; there is no mention of PC. Many things point us in the direction of a multiplayer mode, and at the same time, there are things that contradict the whole theory.
We will have to wait for an official announcement to see how Capcom plans to do things this time, considering the RE 4 Remake is probably one of the most anticipated remakes of the franchise.
Will the Resident Evil 4 Remake Feature Cross Save?
While there’s no official confirmation on the matter, it’s safe to assume that the developers would certainly keep this in mind. Not only is the game being released on both generations of the PlayStation, but it’s also coming to PSVR 2. This means players who have the game on all these platforms would definitely want to switch over from time to time.
Resident Evil 7, 2, and 3 featured the ability to carry over their saves to the upgraded console versions when the game was released on them. Keeping that in mind, one would assume they would give the RE 4 Remake the same treatment. Immensely positive reactions and sales numbers for the previous games would definitely be considered when making this decision.
Resident Evil 4 is indeed an iconic stepping stone into the series. It is a well-balanced game of action, horror, and survival. With the Resident Evil 4 Remake trailer and introduced gameplay looking smoother than ever, the release date is turning out to be a hard-to-wait-for event!
With the leaks seemingly having significant reworked content, how do you feel about the remake? Do you think that this remake will surpass the original? Please leave us your thoughts in the comments below!