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.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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