Let’s Talk About: The Resident Evil 4/5/6 Remasters [Video]

Let’s talk about the Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 remasters, which are heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this year, starting at the end of this month.

[Video version of article below]

Another day, another port of Resident Evil 4 it would seem. The game has been ported to just about every system under the sun, from its original release on GameCube to PS2, Wii, PC, Mobile, Xbox 360, PS3 and then PC again, it would seem that nothing can stand in the way of Capcom trying to make a quick buck off of work done over a decade ago. Or so the internet would tell you. I’d like to take a moment to discuss exactly what this new trilogy of re-releases means for us as Resident Evil fans, and what you can do as a customer.

The thing I’ve heard the most since this news was announced was a hearty groan from fans of the series, sick of seeing yet another port of a game they’ve already played, and gobsmacked that Capcom would be so audacious as to re-release Resident Evils 5 and 6 on new platforms. Resident Evil 5 and 6 were terrible the fanbase will tell you, and Capcom is nuts for trying to re-release them, remastered or not. Well, I’m here to tell you that, for games that everyone seems to hate, they both sold very well. Resident Evil 5 was Capcom’s highest selling title in the series, with an astonishing 6.9 million sales, and Resident Evil 6 just barely missed that mark with 6.3 million. To put that in perspective, the next closest title in the series is Resident Evil 2 with 4.9 million. Resident Evil 5 sold more than Resident Evil 3 and 4 combined. Resident Evil 4 did eventually make it up to over 5 million copies sold, but only across all three of its physical console releases, GameCube, PS2 and Wii. So, despite all of the hate these games seem to get, someone must have liked them because both 5 and 6 sold like umbrellas on a rainy day.

Capcom is a business, and fans seem to forget that a lot. Capcom’s decisions to shift Resident Evil 6 in a more action-heavy direction was a business decision, and it paid off. Re-releasing Resident Evil 4 over and over again wasn’t greedy, it was a business decision, one that has paid off over and over again as fans upgrade to newer and better hardware. Not to mention, it’s not as if there is no precedent for this. Fans complain about Resident Evil 4‘s numerous re-releases as if it’s something new, when honestly, this is something Capcom in particular, is almost famous for. Very rarely have any of the Resident Evil games gone with a single release, and sometimes will even be re-released multiple times on one platform. Resident Evil 1 for instance, was released three times on PS1, as Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Director’s Cut, and finally as Resident Evil: Director’s Cut: Dual Shock Edition. Resident Evil 2 has a laughable number of releases, gracing Ps1 twice, PC, Nintendo 64, GameCube, GameCom, and finally landing on PS3 with compatibility for play on PSP and Vita. Resident Evil isn’t the only series that has done this; Street Fighter pretty famously has multiple releases, with dozens of “Super”, “Ultra”, “Arcade”, “Turbo” for each title in the series. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney wouldn’t even exist in the states had the GameBoy Advance series not been ported to Nintendo DS.

These re-releases of the Resident Evil “sequel trilogy” as it were, are nothing new, they only seem so because they are the latest games in the series. Is it such a bad thing to want newer, and improved versions of some of the best-selling Resident Evil games of all time? Another thing I’ve heard is that fans would much rather remasters of some of the non-numbered titles, Resident Evil Outbreak and Outbreak File 2 for instance. It’s important to remember that, while Outbreak sold fairly well at the time capping at 1.45M, Outbreak File 2 on the other hand crashed and burned with a mere 0.57 million. That does not scream “remaster” to Capcom, nor should it. The best example would be if fans got angry with Microsoft for releasing the Halo: Master Chief Collection, which contains remasters of the first 4 Halo games, including a fully revamped version of Halo 2, but not do the same level of remastering for Halo Wars. Halo 2 broke records on launch day and capped out at 8 million, while Halo Wars is still to this day the lowest selling Halo game of all time, with only 2.54 million sold. Halo Wars sold so poorly that it forced the closure of its developers, Ensemble Studios. That’s not how these companies work, guys.

This is one of the reasons Resident Evil 0 HD happened, because the HD remaster of Resident Evil REmake sold so well; it turned Capcom’s head. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but this new remaster trilogy is another case of voting with your wallet. If you want Capcom to listen to you, to hear your voice as a fan base, to see what it is that we want from Resident Evil‘s future, then I urge you to choose wisely with these new games. Are you appalled by the very idea that Capcom would re-release these games, in RE4‘s case again? Do you want Capcom to focus more on great releases like Resident Evil 0 HD and the upcoming Resident Evil 2 REmake? Then let your financial voice be heard, and don’t buy these remasters. At least not at first, the first two weeks are some of the most important to a major publisher, waiting just that little bit of extra time will still send the message, and you can still pick up a remaster of your favorite modern RE game. Capcom will pay attention to that. Capcom will turn its head and let its proverbial jaw hang open in shock, if for instance, Resident Evil 6 doesn’t even approach the kind of numbers that Resident Evil REmake HD brought in.

The same can be said for the upcoming Umbrella Corps, a tactical third-person shooter set in the RE universe. While Capcom seems somewhat aware of the game’s dubious standing with fans by releasing it only for PS4 and PC, it would be a huge blow if Umbrella Corps still didn’t meet expectations. But on the other end of the spectrum – if you haven’t purchased Resident Evil 0 HD or Resident Evil REmaster HD, do so now. Buy them digitally, or buy them together in the physical release, the Resident Evil Origins Collection. Tell your friends. Buy them a copy. Let your voices be heard. If there’s something you want from a company, money talks. I know that sounds pretty cold, but this is the sort of thing that killed Ace Attorney: Investigations in the West, and nearly the franchise.

If you want your voice to be heard, if you want Capcom to take notice and change, we need to step up together and voice our opinions not in comment sections, but with cold hard cash. We show we absolutely prefer one version of RE to another, and Capcom will notice. It’s just simple math.

 

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COMMENTS

  • BioDevil_Dom

    Here’s the thing about Outbreak is that file #1 was a poor game where as File #2 fixed a lot of the problems. Also taking into consideration that online gaming wasn’t very prevalent then so Remastering them now would make a lot of sense especially because not many people have played them. This was pretty much the reason why REmake sold well and 0 possibly selling just as well. Though in REmake and 0’s case there were people that didn’t even know the games existed especially 0. Though other than that I do agree and I really doubt people will buy Umbrella Corps. I expect both 6 and 5 to flop while 4 does mildly well specifically because the HD rerelease on PS3/360 wasn’t available physically like it was in Japan. I also find it very odd that Code Veronica X HD isn’t coming out again.

  • Rick

    Fans have been screaming at Capcom for a re-release of Resident Evil Outbreak file 1 & 2 for years. The RE remake didn’t even sell too well by Capcom standards when it came out for the GameCube back in 2002, this was the main reason why Capcom made RE4, RE5 and RE6 more action packed. If Capcom could justifiably re-release RE Remake and RE 0 then they can also justify re-releasing Resident Evil Outbreak file 1 & 2

    • Rourke Keegan

      Well, REmake didn’t sell that great initially, but the HD version, which is honestly not tremendous looking, sold incredibly. The HD version of REmake had very little work done to it, and was essentially just a re-polish of the game. Do to it’s amazing sales, Zero had almost triple the amount of work put into it, and basically looks like a modern game. Outbreak could very well be in the cards for the future- but it would take a lot more time than REmake or Zero. It has online play that would need to be completely re-done with new servers and stress testing, it’s a fully 3D game that would require a lot more re-texturing that Zero did with it’s 2D backgrounds, and it’s also a much more complex game in general. Zero is pretty straight forward, only about a dozen enemy models and just Rebecca and Billy as playable characters to upgrade. Outbreak has dozenS, with eight playable characters and tons of NPCs and enemy models, all having to recieve a visual enhancement to meet the VERY high standards that Zero set. I would not say that Outbreak is out of the cards AT ALL, and that wasn’t the point of bringing it up in the video- but to expect even an announcement at this point in time is just something that can’t be expected. RE4/5/6 probably won’t have much, if ANYTHING done to them, so they’re easy to get out, and they made a lot of money to begin with.

    • Xuchilpaba

      Incorrect. Remake sold very well on Gamecube, in fact it doubled Capcom’s expectations. roughly 1.36 mil, not that far away from RE4 sales on Gamecube which was 1.50 mil. last time I checked.

      It was RE0 that didn’t sell well. That’s why we never had the game called RE3,5. RE0 is the true reason why RE4 and its knockoffs exist today. And one thing I believe is that RE0 still can do harm to future RE games, like RE2 remake, if it sales to be low, again. Honestly I don’t want to be fucked because of RE0 a second time.

      RE0= brought to an end to Survival Horror.
      REmakeHD= sold 1Mil and brought a RE2 remake project.

      • MassDistraction

        You say “RE4 and its knockoffs” while RE2 and 3 were pretty much exactly that to the first RE.

        • Xuchilpaba

          Is that so?

          RE2 did what every sequel should do. Try and best the original. It wanted to carry the newly invented sub-genre to new heights. Try and attempt to develop further the RE’s scenario system, expand it. In short, it genuinely wanted to be better than its predecessor in every way. And if you ask around a lot people would agree RE2 achieved that. Can you say the same for RE5 or 6?

          • Rourke Keegan

            Resident Evil 5 is just as much an upgrade of 4 as 2 is of 1. A robust co-op campaign unlike anything else on the market at the time, a story that attempted to tie up loose ends in a way RE had never really done before, upped the anti from the Ganado to the Majini, which have more more dangerous and complex mutations, and can even fly at a certain stage. It also has double the weapons of RE4 with a lot more variety (RE4 is mostly handguns, three different shotguns, a single automatic weapon and two snipers- RE5 has multiple stages of each type of weapon as well as mines, stun rods and more), and DLC brought VS multiplayer and two knew chapters to play. I’d say that was “bigger and better” by anyone’s definition. Whether or not you liked the game is another matter, but to call it a “knockoff” of RE4 is simply petty and dismissive of the game.

          • Xuchilpaba

            They’ve introduced co-op at the expense of single player experience. They’ve turned a cold and calculating, pulling the strings behind the screen type villain to some ‘comic book villain’ that makes no sense and they made a ‘save the world’ story around that man. The Majini acted and mutated like Ganado, their behavior is exactly same, same animations, it’s just like a skin mod for Ganados. RE4 has new monsters like novisdators, garradors, iron maidens etc. İmpressive semi bosses here and there. RE5 has lickers from RE2, khimeras from RE1, and el-gigante from RE4, but this time with a beard! Okay.

            Only noteworthy thing that RE4 missed and RE5 invented is real-time inventory. But I wouldn’t exactly praise a game because it has more guns? Or has an extra chapter or two to play.

            ‘More and bigger’ isn’t always mean better. Quality over quantity thing. Whether or not you liked the game is another matter, you don’t have to fear to criticize a game when it deserves.

          • MassDistraction

            Now it’s a case of preference, which shouldn’t matter when objectively looking at a franchise. Just think about it, RE2 did pretty much the same thing as RE1 but better. Then came RE3 that even used assets and locations form RE2. Now look at RE4 versus RE5 and RE6. Despite having pretty much identical gameplay RE5 introduced co-op (like it or not but many others did) and brought more to the story than RE4 did. It also sold way better than previous entries so it most definitely bested the ones before it, at least monetarily speaking. RE6 on the other hand completely redid the gameplay and pretty much everything else (again, like it or not) and was in no way, shape or form a knockoff. One could say “But RE5 used many of the same enemies as RE4 did” (seen
            that used more times than I can remember) but everyone with a working
            brain should realize that’s a terrible argument. It’s all objective. Opinions have nothing to do with it.

          • Xuchilpaba

            Only sensible way to play RE5 is co-op. Otherwise it can cause cancer in professional mode. There’s nothing more evil than an AI that thinks itself player friendly. So they brought one thing took out another, at least the meaning of it. Actually RE5 used a lot more than the RE4 enemies, but whatever. And yeah, RE6 redid the controls so it’s not a knockoff but also it was terrible and I think that’s still a problem, a big problem more than being a knockoff. Every RE in the trilogy did controls better than its predecessors while modern RE’s fucked it up the moment it left the RE4 scheme. You know where I am going, right.

          • MassDistraction

            I know where you are going. For opinions. You may not like RE6 but that still doesn’t change the fact many people liked it enough to buy it and brought money in for Capcom. If people hate it as much as you say the HD version should get 0 in sales. I agree with RE5’s co-op. The game is fine until normal and quite annoying on Veteran but co-op is mandatory for Pro. Professional mode is ridiculously hard even with friends so there’s that. They could have done it better and lo and behold they did with later releases. And I still feel the need to point out what I said in my previous comment: the older RE’s used a lot of stuff from each other too. RE5 is not the only one. And again, you may not like the control changes in RE6 but that’s just an opinion. Someone else’s might be that they were an improvement.

      • Rourke Keegan

        Sorry pal, but your correction is incorrect. http://www.gamesradar.com/poor-sales-resident-evil-remake-led-series-action-rebirth/ RE0 released only a few months after REmake on Gamecube, the nail already driven home. 0 isn’t some evil black mark that doomed the series or something.

        • Xuchilpaba

          His last survival horror RE was Remake so that’s why the subject of this article is Remake and not 0. Of course he would compare Remake(as it’s his work) to RE4 instead of 0 to RE4.
          That nail was driving since RE2. 0 was the final blow.

  • Xuchilpaba

    So I should buy one of the most boring survival horror game’s remaster to make a point and convince Capcom to make a good survival horror game like REmake or the original trilogy. How is that fair?

    How about no. Enough re-releases, enough re-buying, enough money in their pocket. I’ll be there before anybody when they make a good new game, until then, as always, they can go &?*% themselves.

    • MassDistraction

      Isn’t that exactly the point of the article? To vote with your wallet? Why even care if the news doesn’t affect you?

      • Xuchilpaba

        1. No, it is not.
        2. It does affect me.

        • MassDistraction

          How on earth does it affect you? It’s not like I would go out and buy these three new HD remasters just because they are Resident Evil. It’s not like you are forced to buy them so it really shouldn’t affect you in any way. I have them already, I have no need for doubles. Even if you don’t want to buy Zero in HD that would still show Capcom that REmake does well but Zero doesn’t, thus meaning REmake did things right but Zero didn’t. Simple. Voting with your wallet, aka the exact point on the article.

          • Xuchilpaba

            It affects me because I’m concerned about how RE2 remake will be made. I want it to be a modern survival horror instead of another shooter that looks like RE2. Even though RemakeHD sales implement the idea of RE2 remake, that doesn’t mean it won’t be a game like say REV2. Now they’re remastering the shitty ones. And just like before, for every Remake we have dozens of RE4’s RE5’s, RE6’s Revelations and other countless cringe.It’s like an unfair popularity contest, they don’t differentiate REmake and Zero, it’s about old vs new to them. And Zero will sell poorly and people naturally prefer to buy newer games’ remaster. And then guess how will effect the development of RE2 Remake. I have triple Remake but no 0HD, even though it’s a better Remaster.

          • MassDistraction

            Again, you just don’t buy the newer games to make a point. Besides, while it may be true with RE4, RE5 and RE6 have only been released (before now) on two consoles and PC. Revelations has come out on all three major consoles, PC and 3DS. RER2 on two consoles, PC and Vita. Well okay, RE5 had Gold Edition but that’s about it. So basically everything apart from RE4 has gotten released on just the relevant consoles in their time, which is pretty standard for any game nowadays. Now look at RE2 and the original RE. Not even counting REmake, RE1 had 7 different releases. RE2 had as many as 11. Besides, nobody said Zero HD will sell poorly. From what I gather it was pretty hyped.

  • Bruna Mattos

    It’s so simple… Don’t like it? Don’t want it? Don’t buy it!

  • Andy

    I have RE4 on Gameucbe and Wii and that is good enough for me. I don’t care for RE5 and RE6.

  • Armando R. Arroyo

    well i’ve been begging for over 15 years we want RE3 remake and code veronica and the most important thing is physical disk(s)

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