Fan-Favorite Resident Evil Games Are Getting Next Gen Update

With tons of games receiving next-gen upgrades, Capcom has announced that several Resident Evil games will also be given that same treatment.

By James Brizuela | Published

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Upgrading games with some sort of next-gen capabilities, or current-gen if you want to get into semantics, is the wave of the future. Games that had been previously released on former consoles like PS4 and Xbox One are being welcomed into the newest console generation in a big way. With how massively popular the Resident Evil franchise has been, it should be no shock that Capcom wants to continue their success, and they are achieving that by releasing free upgrades for Resident Evil 2, 3, and 7. Both 2 and 3 are already remakes of the former games released back in the 1990s, and 7 is a completely new story, but all three are now going to be given overhauls for the PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

Capcom announced that anyone who has purchased these games previously will be given a free digital upgrade to experience the horrors again on their new consoles. Users on PC will be given the same upgrades in way of a free patch. However, a small caveat to this is that it’s an upgrade for whatever console family you purchased the game for. For example, PS4 users can only get the digital upgrade for said Resident Evil game, if that game is now being played on the PS5. While that might be a bit of a bummer to some folks, it is still a free upgrade. Resident Evil 2, 3, and 7 were critical and commercial successes for Capcom, so it makes total sense that the developer would want to treat fans to such a generous upgrade while wanting to capitalize on the games potentially being purchased again.

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Some of the upgrades for all three games will be 4K resolution, advanced frame rate support, and cutting-edge visuals. Also, PS5 users will be able to make use of the DualSense controller’s advanced haptic feedback functionality, which might make killing zombies that much more fun. While an exact date hasn’t been fully established, Capcom stated these new Resident Evil editions would be coming in late 2022. This might be around the holidays, which would make sense for the developer to cash in again on these highly successful games.

As previously stated, Resident Evil 2 and 3 are both remakes of older titles, which incorporated the new RE game engine. This engine was developed and first launched for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Biohazard is the first game in the series that introduced the first-person perspective and is said to be the best or one of the best RE games ever made. Fans of the series also claim it to be one of the scariest games ever made. With getting a next-gen overhaul, it might bring the frightening aspects of that game to a brand-new level considering 4K resolution is being introduced.

Resident Evil 2, 3, and 7 are all available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PS5. Currently, 7 is only available on Nintendo Switch. Fans would do well to purchase the games right now, especially if they are on sale. Buying the game now means you can enjoy the free upgrade when the time comes.