Resident Evil has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past couple of years thanks to the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes. That momentum is continuing into 2021 as Resident Evil Village releases in May and new Netflix shows and a movie are slated for release later this year.
As the Resident Evil series' momentum continues, fans can't help but think about what the next major game after Resident Evil Village is. According to leaks, the next big Resident Evil game that we can expect from Capcom is a remake of Resident Evil 4, the most beloved and innovative game in the series.
Is a Resident Evil 4 remake confirmed?
As of January 2021, a remake of Resident Evil 4 has not been confirmed by Capcom, even after an exciting Resident Evil showcase was held that month. Still, the existence of a Resident Evil 4 remake is all but confirmed considering that its existence has been leaked via multiple sources.
Video Games Chronicle revealed on April 12, 2020 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 was in full development and Resident Evil 3 co-developer M-Two at the time.
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, even if more recent reports indicate that the game is having development issues.
What is Resident Evil 4?
Resident Evil 4 is deserving of a remake because of just how influential it is. When it was 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's 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 would be a joy to see remade.
What studio will develop the Resident Evil 4 remake?
April’s leaks all pointed 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, a new report from January 2021 indicated that M-Two was losing power over developing the game and that its development will see a major reboot. According to Video Games Chronicle, Capcom was unhappy with M-Two's work on the game as it was too close to the original.
It appears that they were giving Resident Evil 4 a treatment more similar to the PS5 Demon's Souls remake rather than a massive overhaul like the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes were. The mixed reception to Resident Evil 3 apparently scared M-Two into not making big changes.
Video Games Chronicle reports that Capcom Division 1 is now leading development. This is the team that is normally in charge of Resident Evil games and Devil May Cry, so the project is in good hands. Still, it appears that the Resident Evil 4 remake has seen a major reboot and shakeup internally years into its development.
When is the Resident Evil 4 remake release date?
As it hasn't been officially confirmed by Capcom, there's no firm release date for the Resident Evil 4 remake. All of the April 200 leaks pointed to Resident Evil 4’s remake being released in 2022. After the development overhaul report, Video Games Chronicle commented that the remake's launch may be pushed back until 2023.
If it doesn't arrive until 2023, a Resident Evil 4 remake would likely be on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X.