Capcom’s recent trend of Resident Evil remakes will continue with Resident Evil 4, but the game isn’t in a state to be shown this year, if a new leak is to be believed. Originally released on the GameCube before being ported to the PlayStation 2 and Wii, Resident Evil 4 was incredibly well received and seen as a reinvention of the popular survival horror series.
Speculation of a Resident Evil 4 remake was spurred by the success of Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes. Resident Evil 2 improved on the original in many ways and showed that the early games in the series could still hold up today, albeit with some help from a more Resident Evil 4-like combat system. While Resident Evil 3 didn’t quite live up to the standard set by Resident Evil 2, it still did plenty of things right. It also had a disadvantage in that the original Resident Evil 3 wasn’t nearly as beloved as its predecessor to begin with.
News broke earlier this year that Resident Evil 4 had reportedly entered development for an anticipated release some time in 2021. Rumors around the game’s production say that its development team will be larger than the one involved with Resident Evil 2, with support from some of the developers who worked on that game and Devil May Cry 5, but its development may not be as far along as some players hoped. According to leaker AestheticGamer1 on Twitter, the Resident Evil 4 remake won’t be ready to show at all this year. With an expected launch coming in 2021, it’s certainly disappointing for fans.
The leaker, also known as Dusk Golem, has been the source of reliable Resident Evil leaks in the past. Dusk Golem previously leaked details about Resident Evil Village, including some of the more occult ideas that will appear in the game as well as its release window. Dusk Golem also claims that both the story and gameplay of Resident Evil 4 will be changed for the remake, so that’s something to keep an eye on as more news of the game leaks out.
Capcom has found a lot of success with its Resident Evil remakes so far, but it makes sense that the developer wouldn’t want to rush a reveal of Resident Evil 4. The game is so beloved by fans that a lackluster reveal could sour a lot of potential players, and if things are changing as much as rumors suggest, there will be a lot of surprises in store.
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