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Resident Evil 4 VR: More Details Revealed, 2021 Release Date

Resident Evil 4 VR, Oculus Quest 2

More details arrived today on the upcoming Resident Evil 4 VR during the first-ever Oculus Gaming Showcase. Gaming features and a release window made their way to fans during the live stream.


Oculus presented pre-alpha footage of the Resident Evil 4 VR game during the presentation. In it, we see how the game exists in the virtual reality space. We found out that the game’s assets have been rebuilt from the ground up to give a more immersive, high-definition experience of the game. Stage design has also been re-visited to fit the world better in the virtual space. Weapon handling has been a particular interest for the developers as well. Inventory management has become more frantic, as an interactive tool replaces the old menu system. Weapons and items have been re-engineered into interactable objects, allowing players to reload weapons with touch controls. Dual-wielding is now also possible, with swapping out of weapons now done through motion controls rather than through the inventory system.

“A ton of effort has gone into making weapon interactions smooth, satisfying, and responsive, including two-handed weapons such as shotguns and rifles,” says Ruth Bram, Executive Producer at Oculus and Presenter of the Oculus Gaming Showcase. She described the gameplay to be more frantic and thrilling, with reloading done manually. You can even drop your magazine, which then requires you to improvise.

Of course, Oculus also had to completely overhaul movement, too. Oculus focused on making movement comfortable in Resident Evil 4 VR, making sure that the game is playable while seated. There are two options for movement: teleportation or via the analog stick. Players can freely choose between the two modes anytime while playing through the options menu. This gives the game an immersive feel without having to sacrifice comfort. “You’ll be living in the moment,” describes Bram.


Meanwhile, the game doesn’t seem to be ready for mass consumption yet. Bram says that the game has been in the works for many years now. At the same time, she assures fans that the devs will do nothing to change Resident Evil 4. She described the people working on the game as old fans. We do hope that the core Resident Evil 4 game won’t be altered too much in its VR version.

Oculus did not give an exact release date yet but gave the game a 2021 release window. It will be coming to the Oculus Quest 2 only. More details will come later on this year in follow-up live streams, Oculus shared.

First revealed during the Resident Evil Village April Showcase, Capcom didn’t give any details about Resident Evil 4 VR. All they said was that there was going to be new details coming up during the Oculus Gaming Showcase. Now, after the live stream, we have actual gameplay footage, giving us a better idea of what to expect from the game.