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Resident Evil 4 Remake - What We Know So Far

It's an amazing time to be a "Resident Evil" fan. The remake of "Resident Evil 2" was released in 2019, followed by the "Resident Evil 3" remake in 2020, and finally the brand new "Resident Evil: Village" was released in 2021, marking three straight years of monster-killing excitment. While there aren't plans to release a full new game this year and "Resident Evil 9" could take years to make, fans were just given big news in the formal reveal of a remake for "Resident Evil 4." 

Thanks to a few exciting info leaks from actors and plenty of rumors, many fans were simply wondering when the remake would be announced, rather than if it would ever arrive. Now, thanks to Sony's recent State of Play livestream, we've officially received a small bundle of information regarding the remake of what many consider to be not only one of the best games in the series, but one of the most influential games in the industry's history.

When is the release date for Resident Evil 4 Remake?

Sadly, we'll have to wait until next year to see what Capcom is calling a "reimagined" take on the action-horror classic. Leon Kennedy and Ashley Graham will have to endure all manner of terrors on March 24, 2023. It seems this will also mark the breaking point for the "Resident Evil" series in regards to last-gen and current-gen consoles. Capcom has confirmed that the game will release on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S — with no mention of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. 

While that may be unfortunate news for those who continue to struggle with actually acquiring the latest consoles, it's likely something we'll start seeing more as time goes on. If you decide to purchase the PlayStation 5 version of the "Resident Evil 4" remake, you can expect some PlayStation VR2 functionality as well. While further details and VR gameplay weren't shown, it was implied in the announcement trailer that PSVR2 support will be available at the same time as the game's launch.

Is there a trailer for Resident Evil 4 Remake?

Starting the State of Play off with an enormous bang, the official reveal trailer for the "Resident Evil 4" remake had plenty of horrifying snippets to excite both newcomers and longtime players. Protagonist Leon Kennedy was kept playfully out of view for most of the action, and iconic locales such as the game's starting village were teased in ominous, looming camera shots. 

For diehard fans, the trailer's opening would have been enough to excite them: A simple letter "R" in the familiar "Resident Evil" font, coupled with a forlorn-sounding, Spanish guitar. With the game taking place in a Spain-inspired setting, the trailer's teasing intro ending in a dramatic reveal of "Resident Evil 4" is a thunderous indication that this fan favorite is going to have plenty of new life breathed into it. Of course, the combination of gameplay and in-game cinematics shown in the trailer are pretty gorgeous too (in their own terrifying way).

What is the gameplay like in Resident Evil 4 Remake?

According to the official trailer, what we've been shown so far is a combination of in-game cinematics and gameplay. While it's pretty tricky to know which is which, particularly thanks to all the quick edits and beautiful visuals, it's safe to assume that the game will follow the trend set by the remakes of "Resident Evil 2 & 3." Like those games and the original "Resident Evil 4," this remake will likely be in a third-person perspective, allowing players to basically cower behind Leon's shoulders when something inevitably spooky happens. 

Additionally, fans can reasonably expect the longtime standbys of crafting healing items with herbs, carefully managing their inventory, and, hopefully, enjoying plenty of modernized quality of life changes as well. For those expecting a first-person perspective like the recent "Resident Evil: Village," you'll likely get your wish in the form of the PSVR2 content that Capcom has planned.