Capcom made it official this morning. Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Resident Evil 4 are getting the HD Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 treatment this fall. The rumors were swirling earlier this week when the disc versions were announced for Japan. Here in the US, they will only be available for download through Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. Resident Evil: Code Veronica was originally released in the US, on the Sega Dreamcast (RIP) in 2000 and then rereleased on the Playstation 2, a year later and then on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003. The Gamecube version is considered the superior version with its enhancements and the Gamecube’s superior graphical power. Resident Evil 4 was developed and released for the Gamecube in January of 2005. A graphically inferior Playstation 2 port but with extras was released later that year. Since then, it has been ported to the PC and the Nintendo Wii.
The controls for the Nintendo Wii version of Resident Evil 4 have been well received and there is wide speculation as to whether the new downloadable title will include any motion support. Microsoft’s Kinect is seen as being a genuine success while the Playstation Move seems to be less popular. That of course, opens up the whole can of worms about how each system is used and the demographics for the owners of both systems. It is worth noting, that as popular as the Kinect is, the software moving it seems to be Harmonix’s Dance Central, Ubisoft’s Your Shape and Microsoft and Rare’s Kinect Sports. These are hardly core games and it still remains to be seen if other genres will be successful with the Kinect.
The announcement today about these downloadable titles is understandably met with excitement. The contrasting screenshots Capcom released are remarkable. Gamestop does sell downloadable content ala carte, but unfortunately these titles are not yet available for preorder. You can however, go just about anywhere in here in Los Angeles today, to make sure you have enough Microsoft Points or Credit on your Playstation account to download both of these essential titles this fall.