After seven long years in the making, the incredible Resident Evil 4 HD Project mod is launching on PC on February 22, 2022.
Resident Evil 4 has been re-released a few times in semi-recent years, with the most recent being the Oculus Quest 2-exclusive VR port. It also has an official HD remaster from Capcom, but that's almost eight years old now! The tools fans have to remaster old games have expanded a lot in that time, which is why the developers behind the Resident Evil 4 HD Project mod call it the "definitive graphical experience for the game."
"I know some of you may feel slightly disappointed when you see the release day, but believe me, it will deserve the extra month of waiting," reads a recent update on the mod's website (opens in new tab). "Thanks to the combined efforts of the community, we’ve been able to raise this project to another level by fixing some infamous issues this and previous HD ports had."
The project's long road (opens in new tab) to version 1.0 began way back in 2014, but one developer going by Albert started research for it way, way back in 2008. This research involved visiting the various real-world locations (opens in new tab) in Spain and Wales that inspired the original game and creating higher resolution assets (opens in new tab) for the mod. Between Albert and the other developer, Cris, nearly 13,000 hours have apparently been put into the mod. Meanwhile, total expense costs amount to over $15,000, and that doesn't include another $16,000 the developers have received in donations from fans.
This is all to say this is an incredibly extensive mod that remasters visuals across all gameplay sections, all cinematics, and even the Separate Ways minigame that's available on every official Resident Evil 4 release except the original GameCube one and the Oculus Quest 2 port. The developers recommend running the mod at the default 60 FPS or 30 FPS, as anything else "can and will cause numerous amounts of different bugs."
Version 1.0 introduces a load of fixes and improvements, but it sounds like there will be more updates in the future. "There’s still a list of things that can be improved/restored and I’m sure they eventually will be able to bring us something else," Albert says.
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