Resident Evil 4 Remake Will Reportedly Be Darker and Spookier Than The Original

Resident Evil 4 Remake Will Reportedly Be Darker and Spookier Than The Original

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Matt Lorrigan

The fact that Capcom is working on a remake of Resident Evil 4 seems to be one of the worst-kept secrets in gaming right now, and a report from Fanbyte has unearthed some new details on the as-yet-unannounced game.

Originally in development at M-Two, the studio behind the Resident Evil 3 remake, the game is now reportedly in the hands of the Resident Evil 2 remake team, and won't be a “strict scene-by-scene remake”. Instead, the Resident Evil 4 remake is pulling inspiration from the direction of early Resident Evil 4 builds, often referred to by fans as Resident Evil 3.5, in order to adjust the tone of the game into something “spookier”.

One result of this change in tone will reportedly be apparent within on the Resident Evil 4's most iconic scenes, with the game's opening village siege now taking place at night, rather than during the day, as it did in the original game. In fact, the report suggests that the majority of the game will be set at night, in order to add to the darker, scarier tone.

Other plans for the Resident Evil 4 remake include expanding on the Assignment: Ada and Separate Ways campaigns, both starring Ada Wong. These two mini-campaigns will apparently be combined together into one package, to serve as a more complete companion piece to Leon's campaign, although it isn't yet clear whether this will be available at launch, or if it will arrive later as DLC.

According to Fanbyte's sources, Capcom wants to announce Resident Evil 4 Remake in “early 2022”, which means we might not be far off from an official reveal. Obviously, plans can change, so take all of this information with a nice pinch of salt. 

Coincidently, original Resident Evil 4 director Shinji Mikami (who is reportedly not involved with the remake) commented that he hoped that a potential Resident Evil 4 remake would improve upon his original story, saying that “we only had two and a half weeks to make that story” and that “there just wasn’t enough time to make it good”.

If this article has got you all excited (or worried) about a potential Resident Evil 4 remake, you can read our thoughts on what we want from a Resident Evil 4 remake here.

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