Resident Evil 4 free demo is set to arrive tomorrow and will launch at the Capcom Spotlight event
A free demo for the Resident Evil 4 remake will be released tomorrow. According to VGC, some Twitch users received ads for the game, with the closing caption saying, “Demo available now.” It looks like the announcement was made available early, as developer Capcom plans to release a digital presentation online early Friday. Dubbed the “Capcom Spotlight” event, the presentation is scheduled for March 10 at 4:00 a.m. IST in India / March 9 at 2:30 p.m. PT in the US. While Sony PlayStation previously stated that the Resident Evil 4 demo would be available on PS4 and PS5, this new screenshot also shows the logos for Steam (PC) and Xbox Series S/X.
The Capcom Spotlight event will showcase details of its new and upcoming titles – highlights being the aforementioned Resident Evil 4 remake, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, and Exoprimal. It looks like Resident Evil 4 is slated as the show’s last segment and its demo is set to drop right after that. The 26-minute presentation will be streamed live on Capcom’s YouTube, Twitch, TikTok, and Facebook channels. As part of the promotion, Capcom also released a browser-based minigame called “Baby Eagle Is Missing,” serving as a prequel to the events of Resident Evil 4. To be specific, the AR game lets you browse through evidence and solve puzzles. that help locate the missing person. For the uninitiated, “Baby Eagle” is the code name of Ashley Graham, the daughter of the US President, whom we are tasked with rescuing in the main game.
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Meanwhile, Capcom has confirmed that the Resident Evil 4 Remake’s harsh weather effects will be mitigated via a patch. Speaking to Press Start Australia, game producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi said: “We’ve seen everyone’s reaction to the effects of the rain, and we’re working on a day one patch to make adjustments.” Fans first noticed the extreme rain effects in a GameInformer gameplay video, where it mimicked the same harshness as 2021’s Grand Theft Auto remasters. While that makes sense for heavy rain in the context of story/events, its intensity was too distracting, especially when entering lighted areas or during quick flashes – where they appeared as white paint droplets instead of water.
The Resident Evil 4 remake largely follows the same plot as the original 2005 game, where we step into the shoes of Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy, deployed on a mission to save Graham from the clutches of the Los Iluminados cult, based to a macabre Spanish village. Along with a visual boost, Capcom made several gameplay changes adding side quests, more exploration, and a new parry mechanic using a knife. The knife is now a limited resource, whose durability wears off with repeated use, although it can be upgraded by visiting shops in certain areas.
Late last month, Capcom also announced that it had begun development on a virtual reality version of Resident Evil 4. The game will be released on PS VR2 as free DLC for owners of the base game.
Resident Evil 4 Remake launches March 24 on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series S/X. As previously reported, an online presentation is scheduled for March 10 at 4 a.m. IST / 2:30 p.m. PT in the US.
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