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Resident Evil 4 Remake: Everything we know so far

Resident Evil 4 Remake: Everything we know so far
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We knew a Resident Evil 4 Remake was coming whether people liked it or not, but now it’s official with a swanky new trailer and everything.

Naturally, people are worried about how different Resident Evil 4 Remake could be compared with the original, especially when the combat was relatively modern compared to the older RE titles. Does an overhaul in graphics alone justify the Remake? Well, does that question matter if you’re going to play the crap out of it anyway?

Here’s everything we know so far about Resident Evil 4 Remake, from the release date and story to the gameplay and PC requirements you’ll need.

Resident Evil 4 Remake release date

The Resident Evil 4 Remake has been in the works for awhile, but we’ve finally got some solid information, including an exact release date. Resident Evil 4 Remake is slated to launch on March 24, 2023.

Resident Evil 4 Remake will be available for the PS5, and was confirmed back in June 2022 to arrive on other platforms, such as the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC. However, it sounds like an Xbox One and PS4 release might not happen.

Resident Evil 4 Remake story

If you’ve played the original, you know what Resident Evil 4 Remake is about. However, it’s entirely possible that some story elements might change, especially concerning the presentation, so let’s not assume anything yet.

Resident Evil 4 Remake: Everything we know so far

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According to a blog post, what we know so far is that “six years have passed since the biological disaster in Racoon City. Leon S. Kennedy, one of the survivors of the incident, has been recruited as an agent reporting directly to the president. With the experience of multiple missions on his back, Leon is sent to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the president of the United States. He tracks her to a secluded European village, where there is something terribly wrong with the villagers. And the curtain rises on this story of grueling survival horror and rescue.”

This storyline sounds pretty identical to the premise of the original, which is what we expected. However, given how long the original Resident Evil 4 was, we might encounter a few twists and turns that we weren’t expecting. Capcom has a lot of wiggle room to flip the order of some events to make it feel fresh. Although, people just looking for a prettier nostalgia trip through RE4 might not be fans of that.

Resident Evil 4 Remake gameplay

The real point in question is how Resident Evil 4 Remake will play. Just from the trailer and what we know about Resident Evil 4, it already feels like a mix between Resident Evil Village and Resident Evil 2 — at least in terms of the action and survival horror aspect.

Resident Evil 4 Remake: Everything we know so far

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We saw an interesting third-person shot of Ashley, the president’s daughter, which might mean we get to play as her in this iteration. Like how you play Sherry in Resident Evil 2, this could be a truly spooky and enjoyable section if done well. 

We also see a shot of Chief Mendez in a trench coat and little hat, giving off extreme Mr. X vibes. It’s possible that he might have a bigger role in hunting you throughout the village and castle, which would be awesome.

There are also some shots of a revamped Luis and Ada. I hope that we get to play sections as both Luis and Ada. I’m also crossing my fingers that (*Spoiler alert for a 17 year-old-game*) Luis doesn’t bite the dust in the weird way that he does in the original.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any actual gameplay, apart from Leon walking around in cinematic fashion.

Resident Evil 4 Remake PC requirements

There aren’t any official PC requirements for Resident Evil 4 Remake just yet, but we might get a good idea of what it’ll require based on Resident Evil Village’s PC requirements.

Resident Evil 4 Remake: Everything we know so far

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The minimum specs for Resident Evil Village required you to have an AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or Intel Core i5-7500 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 560 with 4GB VRAM or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB VRAM GPU. The recommended specs include an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel Core i7 8700 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 5700 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. 

Considering that the best cheap gaming laptops can run laps around that, you might be good for Resident Evil 4 Remake with an RTX 3060 GPU.

Outlook

I am super hyped for the Resident Evil 4 Remake. While the Resident Evil 3 Remake wasn’t the best, that spoke more to the quality of the original game than the remake. The original Resident Evil 4 is long as hell, and I’m hoping that Capcom not only sticks to the original’s length, but also adds in some much-needed diversity in playable characters.

Rami Tabari is an Editor for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline attached to the latest Souls-like challenge.