According to the American age rating authority ESRB, the remake of the horror and survival game Resident Evil 4 will probably be equipped with microtransactions. This emerges from a report by the ESRB, which speaks of “in-game purchases”. The game, which is expected to be released in March 2023, may also include a multiplayer mode. That would in turn explain the microtransactions, which will probably be mainly in this mode. In addition to rating the game for ages 17+ (M) based on its inclusion of blood, intense violence, and language, the rating summary also includes a detailed description of the types of weapons protagonist Leon S. Kennedy uses in combat, from pistols to to machine guns and the drastic violence emanating from the attacks by and against Leon.
Microtransactions and multiplayer?
While this is standard for the ESRB, which has been rating games in North America according to age-appropriate content since 1994 and was already described as such in the original, a small mark in the lower left corner of the summary is particularly noticeable: There is talk of “In -Game Purchases (Playstation 4, Xbox Series, Playstation 5”.
What isn’t clear, however, is what these in-game purchases, also known as microtransactions in the gaming community, will entail. The decision to launch the fourth installment in the cult franchise, which has always played more like a traditional shooter than its predecessors, coupled with the fact that Resident Evil 3’s remake included a multiplayer mode, gives at least a hint that that the remake of part four could also include such a mode.
Then the microtransactions in the game would make more sense than in a pure single-player title. However, Capcom would have to be brave to implement a new multiplayer mode in a Resident Evil. After all, the previous attempts have always flopped quite properly.
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Ever since Resident Evil 4 revolutionized the survival horror genre in 2005, the classic has been inundated with ports and reboots. On March 24, 2023, Capcom is finally releasing a lavish remake of its masterpiece, preserving the essence but carefully modernizing and expanding. We rehearsed!
Release date and preview
The Resident Evil 4 Remake (buy now €69.99 / €53.99) will be available on March 24, 2023 for PC, PS5, PS4 and Xbox Series. What do you think of the microtransactions? Should you really spend more money in a full-price game or are you even looking forward to the multiplayer mode? Feel free to write that in the comments! You can find our preview of the horror game here.