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Resident Evil 4 (2023) at Sony’s State of Play

In what seems like the worst-kept secret in gaming, the substantial story bonus content (Separate Ways) from the PS2 and subsequent versions of Resident Evil 4 (2005) was finally revealed at Sony’s recent State of Play. The event focused on PlayStation’s third-party output in the coming months. And Capcom’s presence is often an ironclad guarantee.

However, despite data miners who had all but confirmed the existence of Separate Ways and several ninja-esque moves on the remake’s Steam page (notably the addition of achievements and extra blank data points), I was ready to kick the can down the road for a later reveal date.

Indeed, the only presumed Resident Evil 4 (2023) news was further details of the VR version of the game that had been developed for the PlayStation. VR2. The near-minute footage of that version of the game looked solid in showing many of the events of the remake via an immersive first-person mode.

Leon takes on some of the villagers in the VR mode for the Resident Evil 4 remake.

Despite this, I was quite taken aback when the tagline, “Elsewhere, another mission is underway…” came up. The bonus minigame is unlocked after a playthrough of the original campaign and depicts the events of the third sequel from Ada Wong’s perspective. The teaser for the DLC teases her mission (provided by Albert Wesker) and her meaningful encounters with Luis (including one where the former Umbrella scientist hints that she may be infected by the Las Plagas virus). This is compounded by the announcement of a free update to The Mercenaries mode (with the addition of Ada and Albert as playable characters).

Both pieces of post-game content are due to be released on Thursday, 21st September, while the VR mode for Resident Evil 4 (2023) has a winter release window. As of this writing, no price point has been revealed for Separate Ways, but it will be coming out on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series S/X, and PC next week.

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