The Resident Evil series has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past years thanks to the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes. Amidst supposed Resident Evil 8 leaks, we can't help but wonder if several years from now, there might be yet another remake for Resident Evil 4, perhaps the single most beloved and innovative games in the series.
Is a Resident Evil 4 remake confirmed? As of April 2020, a remake of Resident Evil 4 has not been confirmed by Capcom but has leaked via multiple sources. On April 12, Video Games Chronicle revealed that the remake did exist and was in development. The leak did not reveal much in terms of gameplay and story changes, but confirmed it had the blessing of series creator Shinji Mikami and is in full development and Resident Evil 3 co-developer M-Two.
After this report went live on April 12, other industry insiders backed it up. Dusk Golem, a leaker who played a major role in revealing Resident Evil 8 details, tweeted about the Resident Evil 4 remake. He revealed that M-Two started developing the title in 2018, is using a larger team than the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes, and the M-Two is using the response to Resident Evil 3 to get in the groove of game development and see what works and what doesn’t.
Industry insider and Game History Secrets creator Liam Robertson also confirmed he knew about the project. With three different sources backing it up, the remake of Resident Evil 4 is real even if Capcom does not want to talk about it yet.
What is the plot of Resident Evil 4? Resident Evil 4 is deserving of a remake because of just how influential it is. When it released in 2005, it created a control scheme and formula for third-person shooters that action games have been following ever since. Franchises like Uncharted have Resident Evil 4 to thank for trailblazing in the genre, so it'd be smart for Capcom to bring this classic up to modern standards.
The fun story also embraces the campy side of the Resident Evil series. You play as Resident Evil 2's protagonist, Leon Kennedy, who is now trying to rescue the President's kidnapped daughter from a cult in Spain. Leon's fight against the cult gets progressively more bombastic and eventually moves the story of the Resident Evil series forward by tying into previous games. While we aren't spoiling it here, it's an enjoyable romp that is aware of its campiness and has a lot of potential to be fleshed out in a remake.
Who would develop a Resident Evil 4 remake? April’s leaks all point to one primary developer for Resident Evil 4’s remake: M-Two. It’s a fledgling Japanese developer led by Tatsuya Minami, former CEO of Platinum Games. Shinji Mikami was offered to join the development team and is even a part of the studio’s namesake, but turned the offer down to work on GhostWire: Tokyo.
While M-Two was created for this project and is taking the lead on it, Dusk Golem confirmed that it isn’t alone in its remake efforts. They confirmed that people who worked on Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry V from Capcom’s internal Division 1 team are helping as well.
What's a potential Resident Evil 4 remake release date? All of these leaks point to Resident Evil 4’s remake being released in 2022. While that is subject to change, it’s the window Capcom’s hoping to hit internally. This release window would continue the trend of Resident Evil being an annual franchise.
If it doesn't arrive until 2022, a Resident Evil 4 remake would likely be on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X.