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We simply cannot believe our eyes. This incredible fan remake of Resident Evil 4 ups the ante of the terrifying village, church, and graveyard, and gives us a glimpse of what a modern remake of one of the greatest games in the series could look like.
Santiago Ibarra, an environment artist at VOID Interactive, wanted to work on a passion project alongside their professional ventures and settled on re-envisioning the iconic setting of Resident Evil 4. Released in 2005, the game is known to be a top-notch survival horror experience, and its impact stretched forward not only into other games of the same genres but into the industry itself. That clever use of the offset over-the-shoulder angle is a mainstay in a lot of action series, and even games like God of War cite Resident Evil 4's "combination of poised camera exploration and scavenging" as a core influence.
"The idea was to reimagine the Village, the assets were modeled from 0 based on photos of real world architecture, community concepts and the game artbook, megascans were also used to improve the quality," explained Ibarra on their ArtStation account. Courtesy of Residence of Evil, moving through the modernised Resident Evil 4 is a sight to behold. The atmosphere seeps through the buildings that have been reclaimed by the barren swamp, and improved lighting means the sun never quite reaches the darkest corners. You could imagine listening to Leon's boots crunch underneath leaves and sticky mud, each step announcing his arrival to the Los Ganados.
Curiously, warm yet muted tones through the earth, foliage, and brickwork are employed throughout, which serves to create a cloying humidity not unlike the beginning of Resident Evil 7 when Ethan arrives at the Baker homestead. Indeed, the aerial shots of the remade village and surroundings are astounding, showing off the scale of Ibarra's work. Seriously, I'd love to play this, though I imagine I'd hit the roof every time a bird flew out of a tree or a floorboard creaked menacingly above me.
Of course, a Resident Evil 4 remake is rumoured to be in the works with Capcom's Division 1 studio. It's even got original director Shinji Mikami's blessing, though he elected to not return to develop the remake. Recently, we learned that there have been some troubles on the project, with M-Two's role shrinking significantly after Capcom didn't vibe with the work in progress. Well, if you ask James Daly, what they really should do is scrap everything and start anew with a remake of Resident Evil - Code: Veronica.
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