During last week’s Resident Evil Showcase, Capcom unveiled what might be the most exciting VR game ever. Resident Evil 4 VR. It’s exactly what you think of when you see that name. It’s everything that makes Resident Evil 4 great, but it’s been translated into VR. The game sounds like it will be exclusive to Quest 2. I think that’s because the developers at Facebook have been working extremely hard to make something that lives up to the massive expectations around anything involving the base material here. I also think that it’s the only game that will make me finally invest in a Quest 2.
Resident Evil 4 launched in 2005 and completely changed the games industry. It didn’t just influence the direction horror games headed in, that over the shoulder view, but it also gave developers a brand new set of tools to base their games on moving forward. Now, that game has been translated into a first-person perspective that responds to your hand movements in real-time. I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds like pure magic. I never thought this could be a thing.
While the gameplay looks solid enough for now, I’m curious to see how this will play out in larger boss fights. For example, taking on the huge salamander boss, or the running sections where your view is usually permanently behind you. I’m sure that there’s a great way this has all been reworked, and I’m excited to play it. That’s why I’ll be watching the Oculus showcase tomorrow to find out more.
It’s incredible that developers are still producing new versions of this game. When it first launched on GameCube, there’s no way anyone could have known that it would still be getting new versions seventeen years later. While Half-Life: Alyx was the game that sold many on VR, this is the one that I think is going to sell it for more people. It’s a game that everyone knows they love, so there’s no risk in jumping into a new version on a new platform. I reckon the VR industry will see a huge boost in 2021, and it’s all going to be down to this single game release.