2005’s Resident Evil 4 is one of the best and most popular entries in the series and quite possibly one of the best games Capcom has ever produced. The game revolutionized the Resident Evil series and the entire third-person shooter genre by employing the over-the-shoulder camera and aiming mode, which was later used in other mega-successful shooter titles. Gaming mechanics aside, RE4 has a fantastic story, a damsel in distress, and several established RE characters pursuing their own goals within the game’s narrative. So, how come it hadn’t got a remaster? Well, perhaps it did.
The fandom’s outcry regarding the official remake of Resident Evil 4 continues to fall on deaf ears, as Capcom still shows no interest in offering a comprehensive HD remake of one of their most prominent titles. However, game modder Albert Marin took things into his own hands, and according to Game Rant, successfully remastered the entirety of Resident Evil 4 with the help of his friends. The unofficial remaster was released onto community boards under the name of Resident Evil 4 HD Project and offers tremendous visual improvements over the original game. You can check the trailer showcasing the overhaul below:
For the sake of this discussion, it’s worth pointing out that this isn’t the first HD remaster of the popular Resident Evil 4 game. Truth be told, Capcom released Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition in 2014 — an upgraded PC version of the game that enabled the game to run at 1080p. Unfortunately, Capcom did a shoddy job, and the game retained much of its original textures, which were only resized to match the proper resolution while maintaining the original pixel density. It got the job done, but it wasn’t pretty. Luckily, Capcom’s sorry excuse for an HD remaster ended up being a solid building block for Marin and his friends.
Admittedly, it took them nearly a decade to complete the Resident Evil 4 HD Project since a good portion of the textures had to be re-created from scratch, giving them a proper resolution and pixel density while making sure they visually match the ones from the original game. Given the sheer amount of work necessary to bring a big-budgeted video game to full-HD-remastered quality is more than admirable, especially considering that Marin and his team didn’t have Capcom’s considerable resources or workforce at their disposal.
In the end, it’s not outside the realm of possibilities that the Resident Evil 4 HD Project would end up being the only Resident Evil 4 HD remake we would ever get. On the one hand, an official HD remaster seems like a matter of time, as it would naturally follow the recent remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. But, on the other hand, Capcom recently had legal issues centered around some of its releases — Resident Evil 4 included. At the same time, the game’s VR version faced heavy criticism and drew the short end of Facebook’s censorship stick, so it all comes down to whether Capcom needs another batch of bad publicity. Well, thanks to Marin and his team, the Resident Evil 4 HD Project is the best thing the game’s fans can play while waiting for the official HD remaster.