The creator of Resident Evil has discussed the success of Capcom’s remake games and given his blessing for the developer to remake Resident Evil 4.
The creator of Resident Evil has given his blessing for Capcom to keep remaking the classic zombie series and for Resident Evil 4 to be the next title to get a remaster.
Speaking to IGN, Shinji Mikami discussed the legacy of Resident Evil and what he thinks about a continuing franchise of remakes. “I saw a video of the Resident Evil 2 Remake and I thought it was very good,” he said. “I think they’re going to continue to remake these games since they’re selling well.” Pressed on whether a game that has Resident Evil 4‘s fan-favorite status should be remade, Mikami added, “As long as it turns out good I have no issues with it.”
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Following a remake of the original Resident Evil for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002, Capcom returned focus to main Resident Evil games until it remade Resident Evil 2 in 2019. There’s been a reignited fanbase for the earlier games, while the recent release and success of Resident Evil 3 Remake has raised questions over whether Capcom will continue its winning streak.
Released in 2005, Resident Evil 4 was the result of a lengthy development process and several unrelated Resident Evil titles between the third and fourth games. Although a fourth main series game had been in the works since as early as 1999, Mikami made his way through several scrapped versions. Resident Evil 4‘s eventual release on the GameCube broke free from the confines of Raccoon City took series protagonist Leon Kennedy to Europe on a mission to rescue the President’s daughter.
Resident Evil 4 was a commercial success and a verified critical hit. As well as helping redefine third-person shooters, it won several Game of the Year awards.
There have been whispers about a Resident Evil 4 remake arriving in 2022, and with Mikami also talking about cutting a lot of content from its original release, there could be a few new additions to a reimagined version of the classic game.
Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara first released Resident Evil in 1996 and watched the name grow to include 26 games, a successful movie franchise and news of an upcoming live-action series. Even though there’s a push for Capcom to remake previous games, it’s important to remember there’s still plenty of news about a potential Resident Evil 8 to follow the success of 2017’s Resident Evil 7.
There are currently no concrete plans for Capcom to remake Resident Evil 4, however, there are reports that it could release on the PlayStation 5.
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