Resident Evil 4's "Ultimate HD Edition" Still Uses Some PS2 Cutscenes

Resident Evil 4's "Ultimate HD Edition" Still Uses Some PS2 Cutscenes

Ada's "Separate Ways" story hasn't had quite the same level of spit and polish as the main game.

The upcoming "Ultimate HD Edition" of Resident Evil 4 for PC has the potential to be the best version of the classic game yet... but not the perfect version.

Speaking in the comments thread of a Capcom Unity blog post featuring some comparison shots showing off the new textures, Capcom community manager Brett Elston confirmed that the rerelease would not be updating the standard definition prerendered cutscenes found in the Ada Wong-centric Separate Ways mode.

The reason for this, he said, was that Separate Ways originated from the PlayStation 2 version, which featured prerendered cutscenes for the duration of the game. The GameCube original, meanwhile -- and all subsequent versions, for that matter -- featured in-engine cutscenes for the main game, but Separate Ways, which was extra content added for the PlayStation 2 version, has only ever featured pre-rendered video sequences. The new PC version, it seems, will be no exception to this -- so expect some lovely, blurry, fuzzy video when playing through Separate Ways, while the rest of the game renders in glorious 1080p at 60 frames per second.

Separate Ways, if you're one of the few people unfamiliar with Resident Evil 4's intricacies, is a side story that runs parallel to the events of the main game. While the main Resident Evil 4 narrative features one half of Resident Evil 2's pair of protagonists, Leon S. Kennedy, Separate Ways focuses on his sometime companion Ada Wong, who has her own series of misadventures and tales to tell. Despite its low-quality cutscenes, it was praised as a worthwhile addition to the game's PlayStation 2 incarnation and all subsequent versions, allowing you to witness the unfolding events from a pleasantly different perspective -- a little like the early Resident Evil games featured two playable protagonists with different paths through the game, in fact.

Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition is available now for pre-order from Steam, GameFly or Impulse. Preorder customers get the full digital soundtrack and an 80-page Digital Archives document featuring concept art and additional story details.

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