Capcom’s unannounced Resident Evil 4 remake isn’t going to be a simple repaint of Shinji Mikami’s 2005 survival horror classic, according to a new report from former Game Informer editor Imran Khan, who has shared information from sources that suggest the retread will deviate from the original in a number of ways. One of the biggest regards the game’s tone; Capcom is supposedly aiming to give the RE4 remake a “spookier” atmosphere and feel, possibly going so far as to revive some of the art direction and other ideas that were teased in the earliest versions of the game. M-Two, the developer behind the RE4 remake, is also reportedly expanding Assignment: Ada and Separate Ways, the original’s two mini-games that allowed players to take on the role of other characters such as Ada Wong and Luis Sera. Khan says that Capcom is hoping to announce the RE4 remake “early in 2022,” which implies that a trailer might be dropping relatively soon.
Some Details From the Unannounced Resident Evil 4 Remake (Fanbyte)
- While the original title began with rookie cop turned secret service agent Leon S. Kennedy arriving in a European village at daytime, and slowly gunning his way all the way through the bad guys over the course of 24 hours, the remake adjusts that timeline. In Resident Evil 4 Remake, the famous village introduction set piece takes place at night. As does a decent portion of the rest of the game.
- Capcom wants to adjust the tone of the remake into something spookier, taking direct inspiration from discarded Resident Evil 4 demos. That footage, which was used in early GameCube preview reels, featured Leon wandering a lonely castle, getting possessed by black smoke, and fighting off living dolls, as well as other ghostly manifestations.
- For Resident Evil 4 Remake, M-Two specifically is looking to expand on Assignment: Ada and Separate Ways by combining each into one package: a more fluid and polished companion piece.
- Some changes to the story, such as giving side characters bigger roles and more screentime, are also planned.