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Capcom says expect the unexpected in Resident Evil 4 remake

The horror game maker has some surprises in store

It sounds like there may be more differences between Resident Evil 4 remake and the original, if a tease from Capcom is anything to go by. Yokiashi Hirobyashi, the horror game’s producer, recently told PLAY Magazine (via GamesRadar) that the development team wants to stay faithful to the 2005 version – but not too faithful.

"We want the game to be simultaneously fresh yet familiar,” Hirobyashi said. “Our aim is to 'betray' your expectations in the best way possible while of course respecting the feel of the original game."

Some of the footage Capcom shared in recent trailers and footage may contain a hint of those betrayed expectations. There’s a mine segment that certainly wasn’t present in the original zombie game, for example, and the game’s opening segment seems to lean more heavily into horror than Leon’s first visit to Spain did.

Hirobayashi also said the team reworked the Ashley segments and the character herself to help address some of the game’s most common criticisms – namely that babysitting the president’s daughter was more frustrating than it needed to be.

Preserving the feel of the original was no easy task either, though. Hirobayashi said they rebuilt levels and enemy behavior from scratch to try and “get the balance right.”

Resident Evil 4 remake launches for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on March 24, 2023.