Over the years, Capcom has ported its Resident Evil games over and over again to platform after platform, making incremental enhancements while reaping the rewards of the survival horror series’ legacy. And it’s happening again.
Following the remastered Resident Evil and Resident Evil Zero releases, along with the announcement of a proper Resident Evil 2 remake on the horizon, Capcom today confirmed plans to bring Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016. And the first of those is just a month away.
But it’s not Resident Evil 4. For some reason, Capcom is tackling these re-releases in reverse order, with Resident Evil 6 hitting both platforms on 29 March. The port will include all of the downloadable content released for the original Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, although Capcom hasn’t detailed the extent to which the game will be enhanced for the current hardware.
Resident Evil 5 will follow next sometime this summer, with Resident Evil 4 pulling up the rear this autumn. Each game will sell for £16 (US$20 in the States) as digital releases, although Capcom also plans to release physical editions in North America. No word yet on disc releases elsewhere, though.
Resident Evil 4, first released on GameCube, is considered a stone-cold classic, modernizing the classic franchise and setting the over-the-shoulder, action-centric template that it has followed since. Follow-up Resident Evil 5 isn’t quite as revered, but it implemented entertaining co-op action into the campaign and shifted the balance further towards action over survival horror.
Meanwhile, Resident Evil 6 is considered by many to be the low point of the core series, delivering an overstuffed and clunky adventure spanning multiple campaigns. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the franchise, and a Resident Evil 7 announcement seems likely before the year is out – and there are few in the fanbase that hope the next game takes after the last.
But if you missed these three entries, or want to take another trip back with presumably crisper graphics, you’ll have your chance on current consoles this year.