PC gamers who have the original version of Resident Evil 4 in their Steam libraries have noticed that the game is now titled Resident Evil 4 (2005). Resident Evil 4 initially launched as a Nintendo GameCube exclusive, but Capcom has since ported it to nearly every other platform imaginable. This includes a PC version available through Steam that is the original Resident Evil 4 experience with some added content to sweeten the pot.
The PC version of Resident Evil 4 offers HD graphics, 60 frames per second, Steam achievements, mouse and keyboard support, and the Separate Ways content that was originally added with the PS2 port. It's a great way to experience what is widely considered to be one of the best games ever made. But it seems with yet another version of Resident Evil 4 on the way, Capcom decided to change the game's name on Steam.
While Capcom has not commented on the change, it most likely changed Resident Evil 4 to Resident Evil 4 (2005) to avoid confusing players when the Resident Evil 4 remake launches next year. The Resident Evil 4 remake release date is set for March 24, and when it launches, it will be doing so with the plain title of Resident Evil 4, no "remake" moniker attached. Understandably, this could lead to some confusion when some customers go to purchase the new game.
The Resident Evil 4 remake may have the same name as the original, but it's going to be a very different kind of experience. The original Resident Evil 4 is purposefully campy and corny, whereas the Resident Evil 4 remake appears to be embracing a much darker tone. The Resident Evil 4 remake also appears to be cranking up the horror, which should address complaints from fans who felt the original RE4 wasn't scary enough.
Changes are being made with the Resident Evil 4 remake, but it will still have the same story framework, setting, and locations from the original game. Resident Evil 4 remake gameplay footage shown so far has focused on the village from the beginning of the game, showing protagonist Leon S. Kennedy fighting against the infected villagers and a dangerous chainsaw-wielding foe. While the new game certainly appears to be more horror-centric, it's also giving Leon plenty of flashy moves to help fight back against his enemies, like giving him the ability to block a chainsaw with his knife.
Resident Evil 4 launches March 24, 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X.
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