During the recent Capcom Showcase, the company announced that Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard would all be getting PS5 and Xbox Series X/S updates. In a shadow-drop move, the current-gen updates were revealed to be available now, free to everyone who owns the last-gen versions.
Each update contains 4K support, improved framerates and ray tracing. Additionally, it also includes 3D audio for a more “immersive experience”. Capcom also unveiled the long-awaited DLC for Resident Evil Village, titled Shadows of Rose, which comes with the Gold Edition launching this October.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard originally launched in January 2017 and was applauded as a return to the series’ survival horror roots, placing an emphasis on limited ammo, item management, atmospheric tension and a smaller, more confined location – all staples of the PS1 era of Resident Evil titles. It went on to spawn a direct sequel in the more expansive 2021 entry, Resident Evil Village.
Meanwhile, both Resident Evil 2 and 3 were remakes of the original PS1 classics, rebuilt from the ground up on the RE Engine (which Resident Evil 7 and several newer Capcom titles utilised). They were both praised upon launch, though Resident Evil 3 received some criticism for its cut content compared to the original, as well as its shorter playtime.
Regardless, the Resident Evil series managed to revive itself in an incredible way. Capcom also confirmed a remake of Resident Evil 4, arguably the best entry in the entire franchise, which will arrive on 24 March 2023 for current-gen consoles and PC. It’s rumoured that Capcom is also working on the next mainline entry in the series which will follow the events of Resident Evil Village.
If you own Resident 2, 3 and 7, make sure to grab the current-gen updates now, which are free for all owners of the last-gen versions.