There’s no denying that the recent remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 have been commercial successes. So the rumours of a Resident Evil 4 remake should come as no surprise. The director of the original version, Shinji Mikami, has stated that he has no problem with the idea of remaking the game.
Resident Evil 4 is widely considered one of the best games ever made. Indeed, it remains one of the highest rated games ever according to Metacritic. Mikami originally designed the game for the Nintendo GameCube. Such was his faith in GameCube he stated that he would ‘commit harakiri’ if it released on another platform.
Of course, Resident Evil 4 was ported to PlayStation 2 a year later. It has since received a release on a dozen different formats. Mikami has since moved on from Capcom, but still reflects back on his time on the Resident Evil series.
“I saw a video of the Resident Evil 2 remake and I thought it was very good. I think they’re going to continue to remake these games since they’re selling well.”Shinji Mikami, speaking with IGN.
Being pressed specifically about Resident Evil 4, Mikami simply stated: “As long as it turns out good I have no issues with it.”
Despite the success of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3‘s recent remakes, Resident Evil 4 continues to be considered the benchmark for Resident Evil games. It’s most direct successors, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 received significant criticism at launch. Although looking back, Resident Evil 6 isn’t as bad as you think.
The remake is reportedly in production at Osaka-based M-Two. Resident Evil 8 is also reportedly in development and due for release next year. Mikami is currently working on Ghostwire: Tokyo.