While it was reported last year that a Resident Evil 4 remake was in the works, following the successes of both the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes, new reports suggest that development leadership may be shifting amidst ongoing negative feedback about Resident Evil 3.
Originally it seems Studio M-Two was charged with the task, but VGC reports that M-Two’s influence on Resident Evil 4 remake has been reduced as Capcom Division 1—the mainline RE team—is taking over development duties.
M-Two, a studio headed by PlatinumGames’ ex-studio head Tatsuya Minami and staffed by a number of other developers from PlatinumGames, contributed to the Resident Evil 3 remake with the ultimate goal of taking on Resident Evil 4 as the lead studio. VGC reports that a disagreement during a key review meeting last year caused Capcom to diminish M-Two’s role on the project while having Division 1 step in to lead.
The disagreement centered on M-Two’s plan to use Resident Evil 4 as a complete blueprint, remaking it beat for beat with few changes overall. M-Two’s plan stems from criticism about 2020’s Resident Evil 3, which sheared off a number of locations and moments from the original game. Capcom’s production teams want to take a more liberal and inspired approach, with features, story beats, and environments in Resident Evil 4 remake allowed to deviate from the blueprint of the original game. VGC notes that this is similar to Resident Evil 2’s use of Mr. X/Tyrant, which was not part of the original game and a significant deviation that was well-received.
Due to the leadership and direction change, its reported that Resident Evil 4 could see an internal delay by up to a year, pushing the game out to 2023. The same sources told VGC that both Resident Evil 2 and 3 got similar overhauls mid-development, so its not entirely unusual, particularly when remaking some of the industry’s most beloved titles. As Capcom’s highest rated title according to Metacritic, the pressure to get Resident Evil 4 remake exactly right is immense.
VGC says that Capcom Division 1’s involvement in the project means many of the original Resident Evil 4 developers are expected to be working on the remake. Capcom didn’t respond to VGC’s requests for comment. Given that Resident Evil 4 remake hasn’t even been officially announced or confirmed by the company, this is unsurprising.