Following complaints of the previous remakes being too short, the Resident Evil 4 remake promises to be over twice as long.
Considering how renowned the original Resident Evil 4 is, any attempt at remaking it was going to be met with considerable concern and scepticism.
Even though our hands-on session left us impressed with its improvements and faithfulness, there are still questions to be had regarding potential changes and cuts.
Surprisingly, it sounds like fans may not need to worry about that either, as it’s been confirmed that the remake will be roughly the same length as the original game.
For anyone unfamiliar with Resident Evil 4, a standard playthrough is estimated to take about 15 and a half hours.
That is more than double the estimated time it takes to beat either of the remakes for Resident Evil 2 and 3, with the former taking around eight hours and the latter only six.
Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi told PC Gamer that the decision to make the Resident Evil 4 remake as lengthy as it is came about from feedback on the previous remakes.
‘When we started production on Resident Evil 4 we looked into what people thought was good [in the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes] and what could’ve been done better,’ he said. ‘One example is the play time for Resident Evil 4 is about the same as the original game.’
Does this mean all of the original game’s set pieces will remain intact? Will we still get that glorious jet ski ending? Not necessarily. It’s still entirely possible that some segments will be omitted, as they’d be too long or expensive to make to modern standards.
Resident Evil 4 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on March 24, 2023.
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