Resident Evil 4 Mercenaries mode is missing major characters

Resident Evil 4 Mercenaries mode is missing major characters

Written by 

Tom Chapman


7th Apr 2023 12:06

Yeah, the Resident Evil 4 remake is all well and good, but come on, we know there's a loyal legion of Las Plagas-infected players dying to play Mercenaries. The fan-favourite mode is back for the new-gen reimagining, but sadly, some major characters are MIA.

First arriving in 1999's Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Mercenaries really found its feet when it arrived alongside Resident Evil 4. Giving you a point-scoring system and a limited time, you got to dress as your favourites and blast each other to pieces. However, RE4's new Mercenaries is a little different. 

Resident Evil Mercenaries is missing fan-favourites

Mercenaries releases today (April 7), but according to various sources, it has dropped early in certain territories. With it, we've been given a sneak peek at which heroes and villains will be suiting up and shooting up infected villagers. 

According to insider Dusk Golem, Mercenaries slithered out early and gave us a glimpse of what's to come. Apparently, the Mercenaries mode will land with Leon S. Kennedy, Hunk, Krauser, and the new addition of Luis Serra. You'll start with Leon and Luis, with Hunk and Krauser being unlocked by unknown means.

As for Ada and Wesker, many expected the morally grey Ms. Wong and villainous Wesker to be a part of Mercenaries, but they’re not here. This is especially surprising as they were in the original mode and because Wesker had an expanded role in the 2023 remake. 

The good news is that Dusk Golem claims a Mercenaries update will tie into the Ada Wong DLC we previously reported on. Alongside the two villains, there should be a Mafia Leon and the original Ada red dress character. Will we be charged for them? Probably. 

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A missing Ada and Wesker aren't the only surprise for fans, as VGC has noted micro-transactions have snuck into the new-gen game. Although Mercenaries is free, there's some mysterious DLC content called "Exclusive Upgrade Tickets" for the main campaign. 

The description says it appeals to "gun enthusiasts, knife collectors, and lovers of weapons of any and all kinds," offering you a "ticket to the gun show." With each ticket costing $2.99/£2.49 - and three or five-ticket multipacks at a discount - you need to spend $55.89/£46.05 to get everything. 

Although this is handy to get that elusive Platinum trophy by easily upgrading your weapons in-game, it confirms our biggest fears that Resident Evil 4 will be littered with microtransactions. Oh well, at least we can have some fun playing Mercenaries.

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