in a new game informant cover, Capcom has detailed some of the changes that the highly anticipated remake of Resident Evil 4 made to the original and hugely influential horror game.
One of the major changes to the RE4 remake revolves around how Ashley Graham (not the dummy) works in scenes where the protagonist Leon S. Kennedy must escort and protect her. In the original version RE4, players had to keep a close eye on Ashley’s health bar and make sure enemies didn’t get the better of her. Ashley desperately and frequently shouts Leon’s name whenever players fail to complete any of the aforementioned tasks.
In the remake, Ashley no longer has a health bar. Should President Graham girl with silly ears takes too much damage while Leon attempts to escort her safely away from Las Plagas, she will enter a downed state and will need to be revived, IGN reports.
According to a Capcom rep, this change to Ashley’s gameplay mechanic was made to make her “feel more like a natural companion and less like a second health bar to keep around.”
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Another change coming RE4it is remake is weapon durability, especially for Leon’s combat knife. As seen at the end of last October’s extension game trailer, Leon’s trusty knife being able to parry a chainsaw comes at a high cost. Instead of hanging around “old reliable” all along the RE4 redo to open wooden boxes, eliminate zombies, and conserve ammo, Leon’s knife will deteriorate over time, but players can have multiple knives in their inventory, which still takes the form of Leon’s signature briefcase.
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Side quests are also making their way to the RE4 remake. According to IGN, blue flyers scattered around the game allow you to acquire optional tasks that you can complete as side quests. Finally, the game informant the cover story mentions that quick events, a frequent element of the original RE4have effectively been removed, although this aspect of the remake has also been mentioned in previous interviews.
“I would say that there is “almost no” QTE. Different people have different definitions of what a QTE is, so while I can’t tell you there isn’t any at all, I can say there isn’t a prompt to pressing the buttons in the middle of the cutscene,” producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi said. IGN during a preliminary interview.
Resident Evil 4 (Remake) is set to release on March 24 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and Xbox Series X/S.