The long-awaited fan-made HD remake of Resident Evil 4 is now complete.
Here’s how to get it and get it running.
It took Albert Marin and his tiny team seven long years to update Resident Evil 4’s computer graphics. The crew that worked on this project used cash provided by fans to improve upon Capcom’s PC port rather than just rescaling or otherwise modernising the visuals for a new generation or platform of hardware.
The team rebuilt many of the previous textures from scratch using pictures or artificial intelligence, while attempting to maintain the original game’s aesthetics. It had taken the crew over 9,000 hours of effort and over 4,500 Photoshop files by the time I interviewed Albert Marin in early 2021.
After the release of the VR version of the game on the Quest 2, I was surprised but pleased that Capcom did not issue a cease and desist order to the development team. It even pinned a forum post on the fan-made patch to Resident Evil 4’s Discussion page on Steam as a gesture of good faith. You’re enamoured with it.
You may install this HD version of Resident Evil 4 on Steam, but it doesn’t alter gameplay. Instead, every boulder, ammo box, doorknob—even the cutscene visuals—have been painstakingly updated by the development team. The most refined version of the original third-person game may be a treat for those who have just played the Resident Evil 4 VR game for Quest 2.
Here’s how you can try out the HD project for yourself:
- For a limited time, you can get Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition for only $4.99 on Steam. in order to play the game
- Keep in mind that the HD project’s package of assets is 37GB in uncompressed form.
- Visit the HD Project’s website and choose one of the direct download links there, or grab the torrent instead.
- Go to their site and follow the step-by-step instructions for installing the HD patch on your game files after downloading the HD project files
- Consider contributing a little donation to the team behind the HD project if you so desire.