Resident Evil 4 Remake: Leaks & everything we know
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Resident Evil 4 Remake: Leaks & everything we know so far

Published: 9/Mar/2022 21:38

by Sam Smith

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A Resident Evil 4 remake seems increasingly likely, but what exactly do we know about Capcom’s plans? Here’s everything we’ve gleaned from the evidence so far.

Resident Evil 4 is one of the most celebrated entries in the Resident Evil series. Not only was it a shot in the arm for an aging franchise, but it also revolutionized the third-person action adventure. There’s a reason it’s been ported to nearly every platform since release. In fact, it’s so celebrated some fans argue it doesn’t need a remake at all.

When played on modern systems Resident Evil 4 holds up rather well, and the argument that a remake is unnecessary and that Capcom should instead turn their attention to Code Veronica or Dino Crisis carries some weight. But if Resident Evil 4 is so popular and commercially successful for the publisher, why wouldn’t they remake it?

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With Resident Evil Village sweeping up 2021 Game of the Year awards, let’s examine when we’ll be returning to the original spooky village in a Resident Evil 4 remake.


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Leon S Kennedy in RE4

Will Capcom Remake Resident Evil 4?

It seems likely. Remaking Resident Evil 4 will give Capcom license to continue releasing the game on systems for years to come. If the success of the original is anything to go by, that’s exactly what they plan on doing.

Now that the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes are in the rear mirror, Capcom’s remake team will be onto a new project. The remakes of the first three RE games (despite some quibbles regarding Resident Evil 3) were largely successful, critically and commercially. Therefore, there’s likely to be some fiscally minded folks at Capcom rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of remaking Resident Evil 4.

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The most recent entry, Resident Evil Village, was a love letter to Resident Evil 4 in many ways. It borrowed from 4 just as heavily as it did from 7. So it’s clear that the game is still in Capcom’s collective mind – and many of those who rushed out to purchase Village as well.

Resident Evil Village also upped the ante over its predecessor where the action was concerned, yet it did so without losing its identity as a horror game. This was a tightrope that Resident Evil 4 also walked successfully before RE 5 and 6 descended into all-out action.

If we’re using the history of the series and its current trajectory as indicators, then a Resident Evil 4 remake seems inevitable.

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Imagine how scary Dr. Salvador would be in an RE4 remake

Evidence for a Resident Evil 4 remake

Capcom hasn’t officially confirmed a Resident Evil 4 remake. However, since the release of Resident Evil 3 in 2020, small nuggets of information have allowed fans to build the case for its existence.

According to trusted regular Resident Evil leaker DuskGolem, the Resident Evil 4 remake has been in development since 2018. DuskGolem is usually correct when it comes to all things Resident Evil, so it’s easy to see why many fans take him at his word.

DuskGolem suggests that Resident Evil 4 will be different from the original and will be set in a “semi-open world.” He also said that the game’s merchant and the chainsaw-wielding enemy will have an expanded role. Resident Evil Village players will recall the Duke referencing his Resident Evil 4 counterpart. Could this end up being more than a bit of fan service?

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It’s also plausible that the chainsaw Ganado, or Doctor Salvador in the official art, could take on more of a stalker role. This would be an excellent and terrifying way to utilize the character again and make him more akin to Mr. X, Nemesis, and Lady Dimitrescu. A full breakdown of these leaks can be found on Reddit here.

Assets relating to a Resident Evil 4 remake leaked onto the web last year during the infamous Capcom hack. Some of these included images of the village from the start of the game. However, these seem to have been removed after being pounced upon by Capcom. This is understandable as the images were obtained through criminality, but it’s still evidence for the game’s existence.

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Capcom is starting to tease a Resident Evil 4 remake

Resident Evil 4 remake tease Resident Evil 4 players will be all too familiar with this symbol

Capcom themselves appear to have acknowledged that the Resident Evil 4 remake cat is out of the bag. Earlier this summer, the official Resident Evil page tweeted the number “4” followed by “Itchy. Tasty.” Long-time fans will recognize this as the final line from the Keepers Diary in RE1, in which a character describes his own mutation from the T-Virus.

The line is legendary amongst fans, but why have Capcom chosen to tweet it now? Could the number 4 at the start be a tease of what’s to come? Many fans are convinced it is due to Capcom’s history of making cryptic teases to future projects online.

The most recent tease appeared during the PlayStation Showcase. It’s a blink and you miss it moment, but during the introduction video (at around the 1.46 mark), a group of soldiers leave an elevator only for a familiar image to be seen on their right (shown above).

The image is the symbol for Las Plagas from Resident Evil 4 and is likely to have been added deliberately by Sony. The question is, is this simply a meaningless nod to the game or a cryptic tease of things to come?

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The Iron Maiden still gives us nightmares to this day. Imagine this monster in 4K!

Wesker voice actor allegedly shares RE4 remake art

Voice actor D.C. Douglas, known for playing Albert Wesker in Resident Evil 5, has allegedly shared images of his character in the Resident Evil 4 remake with fans. The image was saved to a screenshot and then shared online by Twitter user @BewareCreepyVAs. The original story was posted by VGC.

The character in the image is clearly a redesigned Albert Wesker and is allegedly taken from the Separate Ways chapter of the remake. In the original Resident Evil 4, Separate Ways stared Ada Wong attempting to steal a sample of the Las Plagas parasite for Wesker. The chapter is likely to return in the remake and the art would suggest that Wesker could play a bigger role.

Another tweet, released later from the same account, claimed to have more evidence of Douglas sharing the art and asking fans to keep it secret. It’s been alleged that Douglas used direct messages on Twitter to share the content. The voice actor who plays Leon has also hinted at his return in the past.

So far, there’s been no comment from Capcom, and Douglas has deleted his Twitter account following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Resident Evil 4 creator’s view on a remake

The creator of the original Resident Evil 4 (and RE2) Shinji Mikami has shared his thoughts on a potential remake. When RE4 first came out on the Nintendo GameCube, Mikami was serving as the game’s director and oversaw much of the project. Since then, he’s gone on to create games like The Evil Within and Vanquish, which both borrowed from RE4 in many ways.

In an interview with VG247, Mikami said he approved of a RE4 remake, saying: “Fans will most likely want it, and so that’s a good thing.” He add: “It would be great if Capcom could do a great job and make the story better, and put out a good product.”

Mikami went on to explain that due to tight deadlines during RE4’s production, he wasn’t able to tell the story he wanted to tell, and hopes that a potential RE4 remake could rectify this. RE4 is hailed as one of the most celebrated games of all time, but more recent entries have arguably told better stories. This is despite the game featuring a superb cast of Resi characters like Leon, Ada, and Wesker.

Shinji Mikami also experts the RE4 remake will adopt a spookier tone then the original, and that concepts that were scrapped in the final version could be revisited. Resident Evil 4 languished in development hell, going through at least 4 scrapped versions before the devs settled on a final one. As Resident Evil has taken on a more serious horror-focused style in recent years, this could also translate into the remake.

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Original Resident Evil 4 creator Shinji Mikami.

That’s everything we know so far about a potential Resi 4 Remake, but Resident Evil: Village is still expected to receive DLC.