Capcom has confirmed that more Resident Evil remakes are coming, but is Resident Evil 5 next in line or will the company go in a different direction?
With the release of the Resident Evil 4 remake, only two games in the pre-RE7 era are left without remakes. Those games are Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. Right now, the conversation around the next remake has centered around whether the next game to receive this treatment will be Resident Evil Code: Veronica or Resident Evil 5. Both games were transformative, and both would benefit from a remake.
While there are strong options for Capcom, Resident Evil 5 technically stands as the highest-selling Resident Evil game of all time, moving over 14.2 million units. Although the game had flaws, it has become a fan favorite in some regards due to its focus on co-op multiplayer. This makes it both a good, and awkward, candidate for being remade.
Is Resident Evil 5 remake confirmed?
Capcom has not confirmed that a Resident Evil 5 remake is happening, but the company has stated that more classic Resident Evil games will be remade.
Resident Evil 4 remake director Yasuhiro Anpo emphasized the importance of listening to players who are vocal about their opinions. Anpo’s philosophy is part of why the remakes have been so beloved, with the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 4 being held up among the best games of their generations.
He reiterates that with remakes, there are fans who have played the original, and it can be a big advantage. When the fans understand what to expect, it gives devs some free reign to subvert those expectations, as was done with each of the remakes so far. This makes Resident Evil 5 a prime candidate for getting a remake in the future.
From both a gameplay and story perspective, there’s room for changing things up. Though the original Resident Evil 4 marked the start of the series’ turn from survival horror to action shooter, Resident Evil 5 saw it become absurd to the point where Chris Redfield punches a boulder into a volcano. The Resident Evil 4 remake dialed back on the wackiness of the original, and Resident Evil 5 would be well-served with the same treatment.
Will there be a Resident Evil 5 remake?
The Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways DLC contains references to Resident Evil 5, which could hint at a remake.
At the end of the Separate Ways DLC, Wesker can be seen in front of a monitor with a picture of Excella Gionne, the CEO of Tricell in Resident Evil 5 and a key figure in the game’s story. Not only that, the scene takes place on a boat similar to a stage in Resident Evil 5, where Chris and Sheva cross paths with Wesker.
Resident Evil 5’s story moved at a breakneck pace, with Excella and Tricell being victims of this. Excella is canonically important, but serves as a one-note character during the game. The remakes have been applauded for adding to the stories of the original games. Resident Evil 5 would greatly benefit from this.