16 years after the original release of Capcom’s Resident Evil 4, Facebook has announced a brand new Virtual Reality port for the Oculus Quest 2. Here’s everything we know about the release.
In the midst of Resident Evil’s 25th-anniversary celebration, Capcom made a few big announcements. While the spotlight is clearly on Resident Evil Village, an old classic is returning in a brand new way.
Resident Evil 4 – which first released on the Gamecube in 2005 – is making its way to VR. From when it’ll be available to all the new details, here’s what you need to know.
Resident Evil 4 VR release date
While the new VR port of Resident Evil 4 was only just announced, no exact release date has yet been locked in.
It’s more than likely we see the new release at some stage throughout 2021, however. Especially with it being a celebration of Resident Evil’s 25th anniversary.
Resident Evil 4 VR platforms
In a unique collaboration between Capcom, Oculus Studios, and Armature Studio, the new VR port is being designed as an exclusive for the Oculus Quest 2.
This means no other VR headset will have access to the title at launch. Despite launching Resident Evil 7’s VR mode exclusively with PlayStation VR, this new port will not be available on Sony hardware.
Resident Evil 4 VR brings new First Person mode
As you would expect from a VR port, the new Resident Evil 4 release comes with a unique addition for the title: First Person mode.
For the first time ever, players will be able to gain a new perspective on the classic horror game. Allowing players to “step inside” for the first time should add a new “richness and depth” to the experience, VP of Content at Facebook Reality Labs Mike Verdu said.
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The entire game appears to be playable in this new mode from start to finish. Expect plenty of heart-pounding moments as the terrors of Resident Evil 4 get closer than ever before.
Resident Evil 4 VR gameplay from Oculus Gaming Showcase
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Outside of the early announcement, five minutes of brand new gameplay was presented during the Oculus Gaming Showcase. Throughout the demonstration, many new features and major adjustments were on full display.
One of the bigger changes comes to in-game items. Everything from weapons to ammo have been “re-engineered to become physical objects.” Rather than just equipping them, you’ll be able to properly interact with items in a 3D space.
When it comes to movement in the VR port, you’ll have two options. Not only can you walk freely with the Oculus Quest 2, but you’ll also have the ability to teleport as well. Beyond these fundamental changes, enemies have been modified, textures have been enhanced, and audio has been improved for added 3D immersion.
We’ll be sure to update you here with all the biggest info surrounding Resident Evil 4 VR in the weeks to come.