As the days count down to the imminent release of Resident Evil 4 Remake, Capcom has released an all-new ARG (Alternate Reality Game) website to tie into the game. While they’re still fairly common (The Batman just had one that unlocked a special deleted scene) ARGs were an all-new way of interacting with your favorite media back when the original Resident Evil 4 was released, and this is hitting hard with some nostalgic waves for me. The ARG, titled Baby Eagle Is Missing (in reference to Ashley Graham’s Secret Service security codename), is a collection of in-universe documents, conversations, and puzzles to tease our brains while we wait for more information. It’s charmingly retro, with you punching numbers into an old-school Blackberry phone (no need to push the number keys multiple times to get the letter you want though, more’s the pity) and piecing together a shredded document to advance the plot. Give it a try yourself here.
The current link address is listed as ‘Day 1’, so the site will most likely update continually throughout the week with new puzzles and evidence to go over as we track down this mysterious organization that kidnapped her. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if the reward at the end of this was the release of Resident Evil 4 Remake‘s demo, which would be pretty cool. Either that or a new trailer. Capcom currently has a special stream coming this Thursday, so it might lead directly into that as well. We’ll just have to wait and see, and keep coming back to the website for more clues and details.
On the real-world side of things, Resident Evil 4 Remake‘s Xbox Series S|X pre-install data has gone live, and the size is… shocking, to say the least. While the majority of the series has been around 20GBs (with the largest so far being Village at just under 40), Resident Evil 4 Remake comes in at a whopping 67.18GB. This makes it, by far, the largest download in the series’ history. The original GameCube game was around 15-20 hours long for a blind playthrough (give or take), and with Capcom saying the remake will be about the same length, that could be why. Big difference from REmake 2/3‘s 6-10 hours of gameplay.