One of the best horror games of all time is coming to virtual reality, and it looks amazing!
As the final announcement of April 2021’s Resident Evil Showcase, Capcom confirmed that the best-selling and critically acclaimed game Resident Evil 4 is getting ported to Oculus Quest 2. Oculus Studios then detailed the VR version of this classic during its Oculus Gaming Showcase on April 21.
This first-person version of Resident Evil 4 looks to be the biggest overhaul of the game since it came to Wii. Following these two appearances during bigger events, you probably have several questions about the VR version of Resident Evil 4. This is everything we know about it so far about the latest in a long string of Resident Evil 4 ports.
When is the Resident Evil 4 VR release date?
During the Oculus Gaming Showcase, Executive Producer Ruth Bram confirmed that Resident Evil 4 will be released on Oculus Quest 2 in 2021. No further window than “later this year” was given, but considering other games in the same showcase got more specific summer windows, it’s safe to assume that this game might not launch until fall 2021.
We will update this post when a specific release date is shared.
Is there a Resident Evil 4 VR trailer?
Oculus did release a dedicated trailer for Resident Evil 4 based on its appearance at April 21’s Gaming Showcase. You can check it out below:
That said, we also recommend checking out the whole segment of the showcase dedicated to the game, as Ruth Bram reveals more about how the game was ported. The whole game now plays out from a first-person perspective, and players will now be able to interact with objects and weapons in the environment. This means you can now dual-wield weapons!
You can also grab weapons off your body now, though the iconic storage menu from the original is still in the game. The game’s audio has also been reworked so players can have a better idea of where enemies are coming from. When it comes to movement, the game will let players choose whether they want to use an analog stick or teleport to combat motion sickness.
While Oculus stresses that this version of the game is incredibly faithful to the original (it even keeps the cutscenes in their original format), it also serves as an Unreal Engine 4 remaster of the game. While character animations remain the same, Armature boasts that 4,500 textures have been modified to look better from an up-close, first-person perspective.
Who is the Resident Evil 4 VR developer?
During the Resident Evil Showcase, the developers of this VR project were confirmed. It’s not being handled in-house by the Capcom teams worked on mainline Resident Evil games and their remakes. Instead, Capcom is working with Armature Studios and Oculus Studios to bring Resident Evil 4 VR to life.
Armature is mainly a support studio but has worked on original games like Xbox One exclusive Recore and Oculus VR games Sports Scramble and Fail Factory!. As Oculus Studios is the publisher, we can expect this game to stay exclusive to the Oculus Quest 2. If you’re looking for a Resident Evil game on PS VR, we recommend Resident Evil 7.
Is Resident Evil 4 VR the rumored remake?
While Armature Studios has recreated the game in Unreal Engine 4 for VR, this isn’t the rumored Resident Evil 4 remake. Reports of that remake first emerged in 2020 around the release of the Resident Evil 3 remake. This game is being developed by M2 and Capcom. It’s reportedly run into development issues but is still on the way.
The announcement of Resident Evil 4 VR might temporarily confuse you, but this is an entirely different project intended for a more niche VR audience. DuskGolem, who leaked the Resident Evil 4 remake initially, has confirmed that this VR game is a separate project on Twitter.
If you can’t wait for that remake, then you might want to give this VR version of Resident Evil 4 a shot.
Resident Evil 4 VR is in development for Oculus Quest 2.
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