Cancelled Version Of Resident Evil 4 Gets Playable Demo

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Resident Evil 4 went through a lot of changes between the time it was first shown off in 2001 to the time it was released in 2004. The finished product is a classic, but we’re now getting a chance to play through an earlier, cancelled edition of the game, which has been rebuilt by a fan.

Capcom went through at least four versions of Resident Evil 4 before it was released, three of them scrapped (but not before being shown off at TGS and E3) for various reasons before Shinji Mikami was brought in to deliver the edition of the game that we actually got to play.

A fan by the name of ShiguWorks has looked very closely at one of those cancelled versions (known as Hallucination), and using footage from its E3 2003 demo rebuilt sections of it.

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This is what the original E3 demo looked like:

While below is footage from ShiguWorks’ fan recreation:

When it’s done, he’ll release it as a standalone “fan game” called CODE:Madman. In the meantime, you can play a short playable demo that you can grab from here.

Resident Evil fans may remember this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened: a few years back we got a playable version of Resident Evil 1.5, a scrapped, earlier version of Resident Evil 2.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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A lot of the stuff from the early demos were really cool and it ended up giving us DMC in the process (i took a look at a lot of the concept art in the DMC trilogy HD release, you can super tell that it was originally an RE).

That being said I’m really glad we got the end product we did. I know some view it as what led to the slide of 5 (good but not as great) and 6 (eh...) but the series really did need a bit of a change. I recently started replaying all the main titles in anticipation of 7, and by the time I hit code veronica it really hit me how important it was to do something different because at that point I just was not excited for more, and CVX didn’t really have anything to spice it up ala Nemesis.

That and RE4 is just fucking amazing on its own regardless.