With remakes of the first three Resident Evil games already eclipsing the originals, the idea of there being a Resident Evil 4 remake is hardly one that jumps though the window as you’re walking down the corridor. Therefore, it came as no surprise to learn that in the list of games mentioned in the news barrel we like to call the Nvidia Geforce Now leak are the words “Resident Evil 4 Remake”. Like Final Fantasy 16, Fortnite Chapter 3, or Dean “DayZ” Hall announcing a new survival horror game, we all knew a Resident Evil 4 remake would be happening sooner or later. The only answers that might surprise us are when a Resi 4 remake might release and what form it will take.
Resident Evil 4 remake release date
Given that it’s not been announced, we obviously don’t have a release date for any Resident Evil 4 remake. However, it’s always interesting to look back at when previous games in the series launched. The original Resi 4 came out in January 2005. The HD Remaster of the first Resident Evil came out in January 2015. January 2019 was when the Resident Evil 2 remake ambled out. Are you seeing the pattern? Ok, so the Resi 3 remake came out in March 2020, so that puts a kink in the theory, but it’s certainly the case that Capcom likes to get its Resi games out earlier in the year rather than later. Could we be seeing a Resident Evil 4 remake early in 2022? If it gets announced before the end of the year (2020’s Resident Evil 3 remake was announced December 2019), then yes, we’d put money on it.
Resident Evil 4 remake features
The tricker prospect regarding a Resi 4 remake is how it might play. The original Resident Evil 4 is rightly looked back on as the high point of the series. It was the first to ditch the fixed camera perspective and pretty much set the template for the horror genre moving towards a third-person over-the-shoulder view – one so successfully adopted by the Dead Space franchise and countless others since (not least the other Resi remakes). Resident Evil 5 was supposed to be an evolution, but it rather stumbled over itself. Will Capcom make the same mistake again, or will the best original Resident Evil elicit the best remake? Time will tell.
Resident Evil 4 remake Switch
More to the point, given that Resident Evil 4 debuted for the Nintendo Gamecube and found its best form on the Wii, could this remake find it’s way to the Switch? It would be a fine and just thing if it did.
Resident Evil 4 VR
We shouldn’t overlook the fact that there is another Resident Evil 4 already in development, this one officially announced and coming soon to the Oculus Quest 2. It was last shown off earlier in the year and is shaping up to be one of the biggest VR games of 2021 – assuming it comes out in 2021. Capcom and Armature Studio – which is handling the port – have been fairly quiet about how the game is coming along, although the word on the street is positive.
What a great time to be Resident Evil fan.