Cut scenes and the achievement list from Resident Evil 4 have leaked thanks to some fans getting their copies early.
It seems major video game releases breaking their street date and launching early is just a new trend we’re going to have to accept. After many such examples occurred near the tail end of 2022, including God Of War Ragnarök, 2023 is following suit.
This month’s example is its highest profile release: the remake of Resident Evil 4, which is officially launching in just a week’s time on March 24.
Physical copies, however, have already been spotted in the wild and have found their way into peoples’ hands, as evidenced by the spoilers that are spreading online.
Admittedly, it being a remake of a game from 2005 means all its story spoilers have been floating around for nearly 20 years already, but trailers and pre-release material have shown that the remake’s story makes some notable changes from the original.
Plus, there are people who will be experiencing Resident Evil 4 for the first time with the remake and would rather not have anything, even the original’s most iconic and well known moments, spoiled ahead of playing it themselves.
We obviously won’t be sharing any, but we’ve already seen the full list of achievements/trophies and at least a couple of TikTok users have uploaded footage of gameplay and key scenes.
One of them has had their account taken down, presumably thanks to Capcom, though we still found plenty other videos elsewhere on TikTok so perhaps avoid using it for the next week or so.
As always, we recommend muting Resident Evil 4 on Twitter, blocking Resident Evil 4 videos on YouTube, and staying away from any Resident Evil related Reddit threads or forums if you want to maximise your odds of avoiding spoilers without completely abandoning social media.
Resident Evil 4 isn’t even the first major 2023 release to break its street date. That honour goes to Hogwarts Legacy, with some fans in Germany getting hold of a copy early and showing it off on Reddit.
2022 saw the same thing happen to the likes of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, The Callisto Protocol, and Sonic Frontiers, all of which wound up being streamed on Twitch as well. The latter two in their entirety.
Despite the problem becoming epidemic publishers have so far done nothing to prevent it. There was some speculation that they would stop including the whole game in physical copies, to prevent such problems, but so far that’s not happened.
This is what Activision did with Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, with physical discs not containing more than 70 MB of data, although that doesn’t seem to have been done as a response to games being released early.
Resident Evil 4 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on March 24.
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