Resident Evil 4 remake in development, CoD: Warzone stuff, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer. It is Monday, April 13th

Capcom is evidently happy with the results of their recent Resident Evil remakes, as sources have now confirmed to Video Games Chronicle that a Resident Evil 4 remake has now begun full development. It is currently being led by the development team M-Two, which is a new studio formed by the former CEO of PlatinumGames, Tatsuya Minami. M-Two helped with Resident Evil 3, but they’ve been spending a while preparing for development of this current project. As VGC notes here, “It is understood that the remake has the blessing of original game director Shinji Mikami, who officially declined an approach to lead the project himself.” Apparently the actual game director is going to be someone brand new to the series, though the studio itself is comprised of many former Capcom and PlatinumGames employees. Of course Resident Evil 4 is the most celebrated game of the series, so if this goes well then Capcom is certainl y in for a good time financially, especially considering their success thus far with remakes. Before that remake releases in two years though, the newest mainline entry of the game, Resident Evil 8 is currently set to release in 2021. Apparently it’ll be quite a departure from the series, so we’ll see how it all plays out.

Call of Duty: Warzone, which is the standalone battle royale, has had a few developments over the past few days. First of all, the game has now hit 50 million players, quite the achievement there, though I’d be curious to know how many of those people are still playing month over month. Second of all, they recently updated the game to add teams of 4, but at the same time removed the trios mode. Well it turns out that a lot of people were upset about this and took it to social media. And then within 2 days, Infinity Ward said “jokes, we’re adding it back in”. So now they have solos, trios, quads, but no duos, though there have been indications that that will be coming as well. Interesting to see the developer take such a quick reversal on what seemed to be a fairly major decision, but nonetheless, there it is. I still have to try this one out.

Alright let’s take a second here to talk about the UK retail charts. Every single week, sales data is released based on the physical video games market. Well, you would think that with the lockdown that is happening in the UK, physical sales wouldn’t be all that high. However, since the start of that lockdown, 1 million boxed games have been sold, which apparently is the equivalent of what you would see close to Christmas time. Anyway, amidst all of that, last week the Final Fantasy VII remake topped the charts, despite some distribution issues and store closure. Which, by the way, if you missed out on the interview that I released yesterday, please give it a look. Youtube.com/thegamingobserver, we talk to a guy who did a literary analysis of the game, it’s an hour and a half long video on Youtube, it’s very good, check it out.

And our final story for today, for all my PC gamers we’ve got Assassin’s Creed 2 now free on uPlay starting tomorrow. This is a global offer, and it is free to keep, with discounts on the other two Ezio games. I remember this one being a significant improvement on the first Assassin’s Creed, though it has been a while, I’m not sure if it holds up. Either way, it’s another free game for the library.

Alright everyone, thanks very much for joining me. I’d also like to thank Nick Myers for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, he’s a great guy, I’ll be appearing on his podcast soon, cheers to you Nick. That’ll be all for today, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, until then, Happy Gaming Everyone