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Resident Evil Remakes—Will They Ever End?

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For better or for worse, it seems as though the concept of remaking and remastering video games is here to stay, with developers and publishers showing no signs of slowing down.

Resident Evil 1 was first made available on PlayStation, PC, Sega Saturn, and Nintendo DS. It was then remade and remastered so that it could be ported to multiple platforms. In the time it has existed, Resident Evil 1 has been made playable on PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Nintendo DS GameCube, Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in one form or another. That’s 11 platforms that currently support the game. That’s not to mention the remake of Resident Evil 0 that brought it to PC or Resident Evil 4 which is available on GameCube, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Wii, iOS, Zeebo (an emerging market wireless console), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

The Resi ball shows no sign of slowing down either, with Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (my personal favorite of the original trilogy of games) being remade if “leaked information” is to believed. Resetera user, Dusk Golem, who has garnered a reputation for being a person with insider information in regards to the Resident Evil franchise, has made claims that “REmake 3 (Note – ‘REmake’ is a catch-all term for Resident Evil Remake) is in full development right now” which, if true, shows that Capcom plans on using their in-house developed RE Engine to its fullest extent.

But once they remake Resident Evil 3, what’s next for them? Another remake of Resident Evil 4?

Okay, sure, I can definitely see how Resident Evil 4 would benefit from being given more than just a visual overhaul. Updating the gameplay mechanics to be less cumbersome and weighty would be great because even though I love Resi 4, it does feel a little clunky nowadays. But after Resident Evil 4, what are they going to do? Remake Resident Evil 5? Resident Evil 6? I doubt it.

Resident Evil 5 could certainly benefit from the same aforementioned tweaks that would improve Resident Evil 4, but why would Capcom bother? Resident Evil 5 was fine, but nobody looks back on it with tears in their eyes, lamenting the passing of boulder punching, riding air boats through giant croc infested glades and having Sheva screaming for help.

Oh wait, that’s right, they did updated that.

What next? Remake Resident Evil 6? The game was garbage, nobody would buy it even if they bothered going through it with a fine tooth comb to tweak and rework the visuals which were probably the highlight of the game.

But will Capcom ever really stop remaking Resident Evil? They could always take a hard left and swerve into remaking Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, or Outbreak, maybe even Outbreak File #2.

Does it matter? Would we ever actually stop buying the remakes? Could it be that the creativity is dead?

Ever since Resi 4, there has been push back to newer entries into the series, with some fans not enjoying the admittedly rather ridiculous “the president’s daughter has been abducted, oh, and by the way, look out for the Plagas” plot of Resident Evil 4. And when Resident Evil 5 tried to come full circle by reintroducing old characters and plot beats, it just felt rather flat and pandering. Then Resi 6 happened and a large portion of the fan base checked out permanently.

Resident Evil 7 was a breath of fresh air though, so there’s that. Even if it was a fairly massive departure from series norms.

 

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  1. Nic Butorac on March 15, 2019 at 10:56 pm said

    I could see them remaking 4 but I don’t want that. I hope they remake Nemesis and then focus on real sequels or something different and new. I want to see where the story goes after 7. I would like a 3rd person RE8 where you play as either Ethan or Chris working for Umbrella. Or maybe play as Ethan in 1st person and Chris in 3rd person at different parts of the story. That would appease the people who think a 1st person perspective is more scary and the people who prefer to see their character.

  2. I really hope the RE3 remake will be as outstanding as RE2. That game was a 10/10 in my book. And the fact that you could play with the old soundtrack made it even better (Save Room theme ah~).

  3. I hope they do RE3, Code Veronica, and RE: outbreak.

    I would also love to see a full remake of dino crisis!

  4. Agon the Conqueror on March 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm said

    I’m just sitting here hoping for a Dino Crisis 1 and 2 remake.

  5. Lovely Article

  6. DadWombat on March 18, 2019 at 8:18 pm said

    We need a Code: Veronica after Nemesis. I mean having RE4 would be nice, but I think it’s important that we get the older classics out of the way first. As far as the remake cycle is concerned, I would really like them to remake 5 and 6 into brand new better games. Hot take I know but with how bad they were I would not mind a full retcon of those two if it means that something far better can be birthed from it. I think the idea of retconning anything makes people feel on edge or better yet they believe it’s a lazy excuse, but I think understanding that you made mistakes and working better to fix said mistakes is far better than leaving the trash.

  7. Only 2 Resident Evil games have been remade: 1 and 2. The other ones had only had remasters, which is most definitely not the same thing.

    • Martin Toney on March 19, 2019 at 11:52 pm said

      A turn of phrase for the sake of a concise title. After all the first line does clarify that the matter of “remaking and remastering” games is the topic of conversation.

  8. Only Jeremy could host a site that has content like this. Thanks guys!

  9. I like the report

  10. Re3 and Re: code veronica remakes and after that retcon everything past that and create something new story wise ^^ #BringBackUmbrella

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