Game news Resident Evil 4: the remake will remove an iconic element from the original game!
Published on 26/10/2022 at 13:10
Resident Evil 4 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games of the beginning of 2023: for the occasion, it will be a remake in good and due form and which says redesign, says changes. Capcom has rightly expressed itself on the almost total removal of an important mechanic from the base game.
Very popular in the 2000s and 2010s, QTEs are not so fashionable today, it’s a fact. As a reminder, on is talking here about Quick Time Event: you know, these obligations to press the right key at the right time, often during a cutscene, in order to have an ultra-immersive rendering of the action. If narrative games have made it their spearhead (and still today, like The Quarry), others have been able to handle them brilliantly in the past. We can cite for example the first God of War, where the wild and enjoyable QTEs were a trademark.
But even before that, if there is a founding game that helped popularize them, it’s Resident Evil 4. Not content with having already revolutionized the action game with its sense of horrific action and stress thanks to its shoulder-mounted camera, the title was armored with QTE: a mechanic largely taken up in the following episodes. But for the remake of this fourth game, a page will turn.
Kick to QTE
As we know, Resident Evil 4 will be a real remake, reinterpreting entire passages from the original game. On the gameplay side, the modernization will be in order with the possibility of aiming and shooting while moving, in addition to being able to even eliminate enemies from behind silently. But will the QTEs, so emblematic of the 2004 software, still be there?
Almost more, according to producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi who spoke during an interview with IGN.
(…) people have different definitions of what a QTE is… I can safely say that there will no longer be an incentive to press a button in the middle of a cutscene.
First, the QTEs as we knew them in certain cutscenes, in 2005, will disappear from the surface. However, some others, more minimal, will be present: for example, when an enemy catches Leon in the middle of the game (something that can be dodged or countered), it will be necessary to bludgeon the requested key to get rid of it. But a priori, there shouldn’t be more style interactions.
Resident Evil 4 will be released on March 24, 2023 on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Xbox Series.