Resident Evil 4 Remake Reportedly Getting Partial Development Reboot Due to Internal Disagreements

The much rumoured remake of Resident Evil 4 is reportedly seeing a ‘partial reboot’ at Capcom, and a change in development leadership, after disagreements over its direction.

VGC reports that, per sources close to the project, core Resident Evil studio Capcom Division 1 has taken the lead on the project, with original developer M-Two seeing its role reduced. The changes could apparently lead to a 2023 release date.

The report explains that, following a project review, M-Two was seen to be too faithful to the original game, with Capcom preferring that the remake takes inspiration from Resident Evil 4, but introduces new elements and features.

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The latter approach was taken in both the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes, with varying levels of fan response. M-Two is said to have wanted to stick to the Resi 4 formula due to backlash against Resident Evil 3’s changes, which saw portions of the original game entirely removed.

The Resident Evil 4 remake has been rumoured for some time, with this year’s huge leaks of apparent internal Capcom documents pointing to a Q4 2022 release date.

It feels like a likely prospect, not least after the new Resident Evil 3 included a specific reference to the sequel. Resi 4’s director, Shinji Mikami told IGN that, “As long as [a remake] turns out good I have no issues with it.”

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