Resident Evil 4 Remake: Release Date, Trailers, Gameplay, And More
The Resident Evil 4 Remake has long been rumoured after the release of the remakes for both the second and third game's in the franchise, and now we finally have official confirmation of the title along with a release date.
Resident Evil 4 has long been considered one of the best games of all time, but it also marked a departure for the RE series that led it down a more action-oriented path. While RE4 managed to ride that line of over-the-top action and survival horror well, subsequent titles lacked the necessary scares until the franchise's reboot with Resident Evil 7 in 2017. Since then, the Resident Evil franchise has received a new lease of life with consistently high quality titles, so if you're hoping the RE4 Remake will continue that trend, here's all we know about it so far.
Resident Evil 4 Remake Release Date
After Resident Evil 4 Remake was officially unveiled at the PlayStation State of Play for June, we also got a release date of March 24, 2023. Ever since we first got rumours of the RE4 Remake, it was assumed that it would debut in 2023 at the earliest, and with a solid nine months to go until release it seems that the progress has been going steady. This release date also fits in with the Resident Evil franchise in general, as its recent releases have been dropped in the first quarter of the year too.
Resident Evil 4 Remake Trailers
Right now, the only trailer we have was the same one that revealed the game itself along with the release date. For fans of the original title, much of what we saw should be quite familiar as we got glimpses at characters like Ashley, Ada, Saddler, Luis, and even Bitores. It seems to present a more horror-focused tone than previously, looking much darker and scarier overall, but considering it seems that the locations and many characters are the same, we could still see some of the trademark camp that was present in the original.
So far, everything is pointing at it being a more mature remake of RE4, with a darker tone, and even a redesign of characters like Ashley and Ada. We still hope that the game will retain some of the ridiculous aspects of the original, such as Salazaar or El Gigante, but we'll have to wait until we've seen more to really know. One thing's for sure though, the opening cutscene with Leon staring out the police car is still there, and the final shot of the trailer shows him walking toward the iconic opening village scene.
Resident Evil 4 Remake Gameplay
The first trailer does state that it's a mix of real gameplay and in-game cinematics, but that some of the camera angles have been adjusted for the showcase. This makes it hard to say exactly how it will play, so we'll need to wait until an actual gameplay showing, but we can assume it will blend elements of the RE2 and 3 Remakes with parts of the original game.
RE4 was notably more action heavy than its previous instalments, pioneering the over-the-shoulder camera view for shooting gameplay, and creating tension from the combat scenarios where positioning was key. This was because the game featured tank controls, and Leon could not move while aiming. Although this was key to the design of the original RE4, it's unlikely this mechanic will stay, and we're likely to get a gameplay style similar to the recent remakes. It's all really speculation at this point, and despite the trailer displaying a darker tone, it's still possible for the game to lean into the action like the original.
The Resident Evil website contains a snippet of info that alludes to how they may have changed up parts of the game, stating, "Resident Evil 4 preserves the essence of the original game, while introducing modernised gameplay, a reimagined storyline, and vividly detailed graphics to make this the latest survival horror game where life and death, terror and catharsis intersect."
Resident Evil 4 Remake Platforms
Resident Evil 4 Remake is set to be a next-gen title, releasing on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and select PC storefronts. The trailer also revealed that it will feature PSVR2 support in the future, though this will likely come in an update after launch, much like Resident Evil Village.
For more information on titles from the PlayStation State of Play, check out all we know about the upcoming Stray.