While we still find ourselves void of may Resident Evil 8 details. It’s clear that the village setting is inspired by the original Resident Evil 4. We can possibly see what lies ahead for a Resident Evil 4 Remake we have been rumored to receive.
Although a Resident Evil 4 Remake remains unconfirmed. Rumors of the game’s development continue to grow. New evidence emerged days ago to further rumors. When voice actor Nick Apostolides posted a photo of himself in motion capture gear. Apostolides is notable for providing the vocals for Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 2 Remake.
It could be that Apostolides could be working on another project entirely. With the actor saying he is not at liberty to share more on the subject.
That being said, whether or not the project he is working on is indeed a Resident Evil 4 Remake. Capcom appears to already have some assets prepared right in front of our eyes. The upcoming Resident Evil 8: Village has an aesthetic very reminiscent to the village of Resident Evil 4. And it is speculated that this could potentially cast some light on how the Resident Evil 4 Remake location could possibly look.
Dating back to the announcement of Village months ago. The village setting fired up fan speculation. Some believe the village setting could be the same that we see Leon narrowly escape in its predecessor. At this time however, this is just speculation and only time will truly tell. Especially with Capcom determined to keep many of the plot details and setting in a state of ambiguity.
Are there any other parallels between the two games though? And what could this spell for the future?
Resident Evil 4 debuted in 2004, after development twists and turns which birthed the Devil May Cry series inadvertently. The final product mixed Resident Evil’s signature survival horror with action. Before Resident Evil 4, the prior instalments in the franchise were mostly set in closed settings. The claustrophobic feel served to heighten the isolated horror experience. With the village setting of Resident Evil 4 however, the game took a turn to a faster paced action-packed feel.
As the franchise became more action orientated it also found itself falling out of favour with fans. After dismal turn outs such as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and the disappointing Resident Evil 6. Capcom made sure to go back to its roots with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. This remains the first of a new age of first-person Resident Evil games, taking clear inspiration from the likes of Outlast. But among the new fans relished the old as the game prioritized atmosphere and horror over action set pieces. The game saw you play as everyday man Ethan Winters instead of superhero characters like Chris Redfield. Importantly more-so however was the return to the claustrophobic and isolated feel of the games that made the franchise famous.
Changes for the Good
Resident Evil 8’s previews however appear to indicate that the game may well be resuming the idea of expanding the setting of their games. Much like Resident Evil 4 did with its predecessors. Despite the new expansion however Capcom should try and keep the enclosed feel of 7. This provides Capcom with the unique opportunity to give us a taste of what a potential Resident Evil 4 Remake setting could feel like. With an opportunity to see what we as fans like and dislike and make changes accordingly to the remake title.
For example the village could have a much more sinister and dark cultist feel as opposed to the rural design of the original. And this seems very much the concept of Resident Evil 8’s design. Making the village less open plan and more of a dark and sadistic maze and forcing the player to go back on themselves to complete puzzles would the perfect call back to what drove the franchise to stardom in the beginning.
Once Resident Evil 8 launches, Capcom will have the chance to see what went well for them and apply it to a potential remake of Resident Evil 4: Remake. This opportunity can only be afforded when the game takes place in similar settings to each other, such as Resident Evil 2 and 3’s Remake titles. And when the opportunity is there, it should be taken.
In the Right Direction
The fact of the matter is despite all speculation, Capcom have a winning formula for their horror franchise. Resident Evil in recent years has taken a turn for the better with their video game divided into two sections, their mainline games and their remakes. What made Resident Evil 2 Remake so successful was the fusion of source material with new elements and features to further enhance the gameplay. Although it didn’t reach the highs its prequel met. Resident Evil 3 Remake made use of a lot of assets from Resident Evil 2 Remake, and it helped to build a familiar feeling between the titles. So to do the upcoming Village and a proposed RE-Make 4. They both feature seemingly similar settings so why not make the most of the opportunity lay the groundwork for what’s to come.
As mentioned previously, there isn’t much to go on as many of the plot details remain withheld. All we know is until Capcom confirms or denies anything, anything could be on the table and the rumour mill will continue to turn.
As months go on, expect to see more details for the upcoming Resident Evil 8: Village and make sure to keep up to date on all things Xbox with Generation Xbox.
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