Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 VR remake will be released later this year

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Facebook Reality Labs has provided more details on a virtual reality remake of Resident Evil 4, following Capcom’s original announcement last week. The game will be released exclusively on Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 headset later this year, although the exact date is still a mystery. As Capcom’s first trailer pointed out, it’s a first-person VR adaptation of the 2005 third-person game, with an emphasis on making weapons and movements feel more natural with Oculus Touch motion controllers.

Resident Evil 4 for VR uses the game’s original levels and animations, revamped with remastered textures, and Oculus says cutscenes are “in their original format.” But developer Armature Studio has added VR-friendly propulsion options, such as the ability to teleport or walk around a room-scale environment, in addition to using analog joysticks with the Touch controller. You physically pick up weapons and items from the environment, and you can equip different weapons for each hand. The game’s enemies will also attack in ways optimized for first-person combat.

These additions evoke features popular in other VR first-person shooters such as Arizona Sunshine, whose maker Vertigo also has a new trailer for it upcoming cooperative game After the fall today. The Resident Evil 4 remake is part of a wider range of upcoming VR games, including a sequel to the original Oculus Rift title Lonely ultrasound coming out this summer, as well as a horror stealth game called Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife, launching tomorrow on Oculus Quest and Rift.

Capcom made earlier Resident Evil 7 playable on PlayStation VR, but this is the first full-length Resident Evil game designed for VR. Resident Evil 4 is also the first Quest 2 app that cannot be played on the original Oculus Quest. Oculus needed all of the launch titles to make the Quest 2 compatible with its predecessor, but it left the door open for an exclusive game that required the extra power of a newer headset – and Resident Evil 4 is apparently that game.