With the success of the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 reboots, it was only a matter of time until a Resident Evil 4 remake would be announced. As reported early last year by VGC, the upcoming remake was confirmed in developed by Osaka-based studio M-Two, the same team who helped with the RE3 remake. Sources are now saying that a change in internal leadership may see the new studio have its role significantly reduced as Capcom brings in its mainline team, named Capcom Division 1, to take charge of the project.
Capcom Division 1 is an internal team within the company who have been responsible for the likes of the Devil May Cry and Resident Evil games. The rumour is that they were brought on board after a disagreement in which M-Two wanted to stick to the original 2005 game as much as possible, while Capcom Division 1 were more interested in taking the remake in a different direction with new features and story elements.
The Resident Evil 4 remake began development in 2018 and was originally scheduled to be released some time in 2022, but a potential change in leadership could shift the game’s release date back to as late as 2023. While M-Two made significant contributions to RE3, the RE4 remake was their chance to take the lead on a much bigger and more ambitious project. If these new rumors are to be believed, this could see the studio having their leadership stripped back a substantial amount.
Considered the highest-rated Resident Evil game ever released, RE4 took the series in a dramatically different direction with its over-the-shoulder viewpoint (as opposed to the traditional fixed camera), as well as foregoing the classic zombie enemies made popular by previous entries in the series. With over 10.4 million sales across multiple platforms, the idea of a doing a remake is hardly surprising, particularly given how the franchise has been given a new lease on life with the success of RE7 and the upcoming RE8.
Whatever the outcome, we’ll keep you posted on any news we hear about the Resident Evil 4 remake.