Capcom has shared new details on the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 4. This includes confirmation that it will remove quick-time events, add sidequests, and introduce breakable knives.
Capcom provided a better idea of what fans can expect from the highly anticipated remake in a new cover story for Game Informer. The most significant change from the remake is that there will be no quick-time events.
Game Informer’s story mentions that sidequests are also being added to the remake, stating that blue flyers located in-game are used to collect sidequests for you to complete, with examples including solving a puzzle, tracking down and eliminating a specific enemy. The blue medallion collectible that was featured in the original will also be returning in the remake..
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One of the more interesting gameplay changes is that knives will have limited durability and will break after a certain amount of use. However, you can store multiple knives in your inventory. Additionally, you will have the option to trade jewels with the merchant in exchange for items such as yellow herbs, treasure maps, and weapon attachments.
Resident Evil 4 Remake also changes Ashley Graham, who no longer has a health bar, but if she takes too much damage, she will be in a “downed state” and need to be revived. If she is hit when in a “downed state,” she will die. A Capcom representative said that the developers want to make Ashley “feel more like a natural companion and less like a second health bar to babysit,” confirming that she can perform things such as sending her through a crawlspace to open a door that’s locked on the other side.
First announced in 2022, Resident Evil 4 is the latest in Capcom’s series of remakes. We played it back in October, noting that Capcom seems to be making smart choices with in what it iterates on for the remake, and that we’re excited to see more.
Resident Evil 4 Remake launches on March 24 on PS4, PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X|S.
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