The highly anticipated announcement that a Resident Evil 4 remake is in the works was well received among fans of the series. At the same time, it has reignited interest and demand for a remake of Resident Evil: Code Veronica. Especially among old-school fans of the series who feel the game has been overlooked.

Going as far back when rumors of a Resident Evil 4 remake surfaced in 2021, there was an equal amount of interest in a Code Veronica remake. Given how similar Village was to RE4 along with the successful remakes of 2 and 3, fans were anticipating Code Veronica to receive the same treatment. As many have also pointed out, RE 4 has been ported and re-released on almost every major console. Meanwhile after its launch on the Sixth Gen consoles; Code Veronica saw an HD re-release for the Seventh Gen consoles along with an emulated version for the PS4. 

The Overall Response

The overall response to the Resident Evil 4 remake has been positive. While the fandom is excited about the remake, many are not abandoning hope of a Resident Evil: Code Veronica remake sometime in the future.  

Here are some of the thoughts people had about a possible Resident Evil: Code Veronica remake after its unveiling:

Reasons for Being Omitted

There has been some speculation that its murky place in the franchise might have played a role in it being overlooked. Code Veronica was originally started as a spin-off title before becoming what was supposed to be the sequel to Resident Evil 2. Due to contractual obligations with Sony, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis became the sequel while Code Veronica (a Dreamcast exclusive at the time) had to be demoted as a spin-off title. PlayStation gamers would have to wait until 2001 to finally play Code Veronica (which included a demo for Devil May Cry).

This argument has been countered by the importance Code Veronica has to the series overall lore. This was the entry that introduced the return of Albert Wesker (with super human strength and abilities). 

The Legacy Continues

Resident Evil: Code Veronica was first released for the SEGA Dreamcast in 2000 followed by the PlayStation 2 in 2001. Set after the events of the second game, Claire Redfield is looking for her brother only to be captured by Umbrella and taken to Rockfort Island (which soon becomes the site of another outbreak). 

Resident Evil 4 remake is set to launch for all major consoles and the PC on March 24th 2023. Players take on the role of Leon S. Kennedy, now with the United States Secret Service, who is tasked with rescuing the Presidents daughter from a mysterious cult.

8Bit/Digi is an independent media outlet that provides an insight into the video game community and industry of the San Francisco Bay Area.


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