Capcom recently announced that ‘Resident Evil 4’ would be making the jump to virtual reality. Announced for the Oculus Quest 2, the new title seeks to put you closer to the horrors than ever before. Although the title has launched on what seems like every console imaginable, the new release makes some fundamental changes to the gameplay and perspective better suited for VR. Assuring that no matter how many times you’ve played through the campaign, the title will feel completely different.
Originally launching in January of 2005 for the Gamecube, the new entry in the long running survival horror series was met with critical acclaim. Winning game of the year from several publications, the game saw a large shift from previous entries. Gameplay received an entire overhaul from previous titles, shifting to a third-person perspective, while removing various survival horror elements the series was known for. While aiming down sights, players are unable to move, adding a good dose of panic as you attempt to cut through the games many enemies. The Oculus launch will see perspective shifted to first-person, putting you in the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy like never before.
Following the success of the ‘Resident Evil 2’ and ‘Resident Evil 3’ remakes, rumors began to swirl that four would be next on the remake list. Moving the title into the new “RE Engine” first used in ‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’, while updating some of the titles dated gameplay mechanics would be a guaranteed win for Capcom. Propelling one of the greatest games of the early 2000’s into the modern era.
Many fans hope to see the original title make the move to the new engine. Although the game received a fantastic remake back in 2002 for the Gamecube, which eventually saw a release on last generation, it still deserves the modern remake. The 2002 remake maintains the same style of gameplay from the original releases while elevating graphic fidelity and performances. The studio may feel remaking the original is unnecessary due to this earlier title, however the modern gameplay of the newer remakes would meld perfectly with the original game. With rumors swirling of the ‘Resident Evil 4’ remake, it seems Capcom may never give the original the treatment it deserves.
‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’, the new reboot of the live action movies, recently received its first trailer. Leaving many fans hopeful for the future of the films, following the poor performance of the original six movies. The new trailer showcased something the original films simply refused to do, staying true to the games. Many of the scenes shown off in the trailer are directly from the first two games in the series. Telling the story of the first and second games simultaneously, fans got their first glimpse of fan favorites Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, and other recognizable characters. With all these new announcements and upcoming projects, there has never been a better time to be a ‘Resident Evil’ fan.
Travel back to the horrifying small village in Spain like never before, when ‘Resident Evil 4’ launches for Oculus Quest 2 on October 21st. ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ hits theatres a little over a month later on November 24th. Stay tuned to Downright Creepy for all upcoming news on the live action series in production at Netflix and the rumored remake of ‘Resident Evil 4’.