The Resident Evil games have been popular since the first game in the series hit shelves back in 1996. Its combination of survival horror gameplay, puzzle-solving and scares earned it a legion of fans, and many sequels followed.
Japanese video game maker Capcom, though, has been more content with remastering and remaking the earlier Resident Evil games as of late – no new entry in the series has been announced since Resident Evil 7 saw a release back in early 2017.
Nonetheless, it’s hard to blame Capcom, especially taking into account how successful its remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 have been.
Also, the much-loved Resident Evil 4 (arguably the best game the franchise has seen to date) is getting attention from a dedicated group of fans, who are giving the game a generous facelift.
You see, while Resident Evil 4’s gameplay still shines, the game is looking a bit long in the tooth nowadays – it was originally released for Gamecube in 2005, with a PC version coming out in 2007.
The Resident Evil 4 HD Project aims to make Resident Evil 4 prettier without altering the gameplay, and this is a project which has been going on for years now, but not yet complete.
Also, the people behind the project recently said in a blog post (via PC Gamer) that they plan to continue work on the remaster, despite the fact rumors suggest Capcom is currently working on a Resident Evil 4 remake.
“Resident Evil 4 Remake: Right now it’s just a rumor, but I don’t really care if it’s done or not. Capcom’s latest remakes are way different from the original versions. The original game will still be unique and worthy of a remastered version”, said the team in a recent update.
All in all, this makes sense – a Capcom remake of Resident Evil 4 could deviate from the original quite a bit, as was the case with this year’s Resident Evil 3. And some people will likely always prefer the original no matter how good Capcom’s reimagining of Resident Evil 4 turns out to be (if it actually turns out to be a real thing, that is…).
So it will definitely be good news for fans of Resident Evil 4 and survival horror games that work on the Resident Evil 4 HD Project is moving ahead irrespective of Capcom’s own effort, and hopefully this fan-made remaster will see the light of day sooner rather than later.