In order to best celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Resident Evil franchise, Capcom recently announced that high-definition versions of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica will be released as downloadable titles for Xbox 360 (via Xbox LIVE Marketplace) and PlayStation 3 (via the PlayStation Network) this ‘Autumn.’
Both Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica have been enhanced with “upgraded visuals,” and will also feature the addition of Trophies and Achievements to get you to creep through the games all over again.
Capcom says that the Resident Evil franchise has sold over 45 million units since the launch of the original Resident Evil in 1996, and has also “spawned a series of successful motion pictures that have grossed over $750 million worldwide.”
We don’t really need reminding that the Resident Evil ‘brand’ “has also expanded into action figures, comic books, novels, apparel, beverages and more,” but there you go.
If you need a refresher course on what Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica are, here are some blurbs straight from Capcom as well as comparison screenshots showing the difference between the PlayStation 2 version of Resident Evil 4 and the new HD iteration:
Resident Evil 4
”As Leon Kennedy, players will explore a town overrun by cultists, mutants and mind-controlled villagers as they unravel the mystery of Resident Evil 4. Also, this release will contain all the bonus content available in previous versions of Resident Evil 4, including the Separate Ways epilogue.”
Resident Evil Code: Veronica
”In Resident Evil Code: Veronica, the year is 1998, three months since the total destruction of Raccoon City and Claire Redfield is still in search of her missing brother Chris. While investigating an Umbrella facility in Paris, Claire is captured and transported to the remote Rockfort Island, where she awaits her death.
”Then an inexplicable air raid hits the island, and though this frees Claire, it also accidentally releases t-virus samples and B.O.W.s, which thrust Claire back into the world of survival horror once again. Claire teams up with a fellow inmate Steve Burnside, but insane island commander Alfred Ashford and his evil sister Alexia set their sights on ending the duo with their sick and demented games.”