Resident Evil 4’s fan-built HD remaster is finally finished

After seven years in development, Albert Marin and his small team have completed their exhaustive reworking of Resident Evil 4‘s graphics on pc. Compared to some other projects where developers are upscaling or otherwise modernizing the visuals to a new generation or platform of hardware, this team has scrutinized every image asset using funds donated by fans of the project to improve Capcom’s PC port of the game.

In some cases where old textures just did not look good in a higher resolution, the team made many of them from scratch using photos or AI, while striving to remain true to the aesthetics of the original game. When I interviewed Albert Marin in early 2021, the team had collected over 4,500 Photoshop files and had put over 9,000 hours of work into the project.

Personally, I’m surprised (but glad) that the team did not receive a termination order from Capcom – especially closer when the VR version was released on Quest 2. In a show in good faith, the company even maintained a forum post about the fan-made patch on Resident Evil 4‘s talk page on Steam. You love to see it.

Screenshots showing the original Resident Evil 4 and the improved graphics in the HD project.
Albert Marin and Capcom

This HD project, which can be installed as a patch for Resident Evil 4 on Steam, makes no gameplay adjustments. Instead, every stone, ammunition box, door handle – even the visual image – has been lovingly updated by the team. For people who may have recently played Resident Evil 4 VR games for Quest 2, this could be a fun way to experience the most polished version of the original third-person game.

If you want to try the HD project yourself, follow these steps:

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