Exciting news for Resident Evil fans today, as three of the franchise’s most recent entries are getting the next-gen treatment. Capcom announced new versions of Resident Evil 2, 3, and 7 will come out later this year. They’ll land as native PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions, with an equivalent PC version to boot. They’re set to bring graphical enhancements and performance boosts, likely alongside console-specific buffs.
Resident Evil 2, 3, and 7 Coming to Next-Gen Consoles
Yes, fans who have only just got into the Resident Evil series will be glad to hear that some of the most recent games will get dedicated next-gen versions this year. They were already playable through backwards compatibility, in PS4 and Xbox One versions. However, these new releases will make the most of the new hardware.
Details are currently slim on what to expect. “Visual enhancements” are all that Capcom has confirmed so far. However, expect smooth 60fps performance, as well as optimization for PS5’s DualSense controller. Even better, these new updates are free to all players who currently own the games’ older versions. Quite like the recent Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen upgrade, you’ll be able to grab these latest versions without paying extra.
These games join Resident Evil Village, which released natively on next-gen consoles last year. Resident Evil 7 is the oldest of these titles, dropping as a soft reboot in 2017. It was followed by remakes of 2 and 3 in 2019 and 2020, respectively. While fans have been pining for Village DLC or the long-rumored Resident Evil 4 remake, this will satiate desires for now. We hope it’s the first new release in a year that should be packed with RE content, given that Village DLC was promised to land at some point in 2022. While it remains quiet in terms of new releases, these next-gen upgrades will give players a reason to experience the horror all over again.
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