One of the few flaws of Resident Evil 4 Remake is that there’s a lot of missing post-game content from the original title. That is why some of us think that even the Mercenaries update or the highly rumored Separate Ways DLC isn’t enough to fill that empty space. I would even go to the extent of thinking that Capcom has the opportunity to add plenty of DLC content to Resident Evil 4. Yeah, we probably would have to pay the same amount we paid for the base game on its release, but the Remake has the potential to enlarge the story and lore of Resident Evil 4 through a Season Pass.
Here I will share my thoughts regarding every single DLC we would love to see in a hypothetical Resident Evil 4 Season Pass, in case Capcom would be willing to bring such a nice love letter to the old and new fans of the title. Keep in mind this article can contain a few minor spoilers of Resident Evil 4, so make sure to finish the game before continuing. You can also read my small theory on Capcom’s next Resident Evil Remake game here in case you’re interested.
Could Resident Evil 4 Remake Include More DLC Through a Season Pass?
Of course, all of us would love to see every single DLC of this list included in a future Season Pass of Resident Evil 4. But the thing is, could Capcom handle this task? The short answer is… it depends. We, as fans, tend to believe developers don’t add more content to games just because they don’t want to. But the reality is, games are hard (and expensive) to make nowadays. And in case Capcom would be willing to bring more content to Resident Evil 4 Remake (just like they did with Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil Village), they would have to establish a good plan to tackle them all correctly.
It’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever get to see all the content listed below added to Resident Evil 4 Remake. But we will probably see at least a couple of them in the near future. In any case, let’s have some fun and fantasize about which Resident Evil 4 DLCs could potentially show up in a future, hypothetical Season Pass.
Resident Evil 4 Remake releasing. 😎
But seriously, its pretty simple. RE:4 has something of a DLC pipeline to go through, with Mercenaries & PSVR2 stuff being free updates post-launch for RE:4, and Separate Ways as more extensive paid DLC to be delivered probably later this year https://t.co/lSDJkq4rYa
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This is one of the very few DLCs on this list of which we have plenty of evidence that it could actually arrive in Resident Evil 4. Also known as “Another Order”, Separate Ways was a side story that could be unlocked in the original Resident Evil 4 game by finishing the game once. It showed the path Ada Wong took during the development of the main story and how she affected it with her actions.
There was a lot of information regarding this future DLC in the files of the game, and some leaks point out that the eventual release of this chapter is imminent. It is quite disappointing that this DLC didn’t make it to the game on release day… But if Capcom decided to bring it later as paid DLC, that probably means they’re expanding and upgrading the concept of Separate Ways.
It’s very likely we’ll end up getting a reveal sooner or later. The absence of Ada’s iconic moments from the original game in the Remake’s main story shows Capcom probably wanted to save the insight into Ada’s character for this DLC. This would explain why Ada’s character feels “emptier” in this Remake, because we still have to witness her side of the story for that.
Also, near the end of the game, Leon tells Ada “This is where we go our separate ways”, obviously foreshadowing the eventual arrival of this chapter. In any case, we’ll have to wait for an official announcement regarding this matter.
For any OG Resident Evil fan, the inclusion of Jack Krauser’s character always felt sudden. But this character is very important for the story. And it couldn’t be any other way, considering we’re talking about the man who trained Leon S. Kennedy himself.
There are plenty of documents scattered around the game that explain these two characters’ backstories (especially Krauser’s). However, did you know there was one Resident Evil game that allowed you to play the mission that changed Krauser forever?
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is an on-rails co-op shooter that re-narrates the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica. It also featured a brand new story called “Operation Javier”. This chapter narrates the events from the perspective of Leon S. Kennedy accompanied by Jack Krauser on his mission to bring down a drug lord in South America called Javier Hidalgo, who also has connections with the Umbrella Corporation.
Darkside Chronicles is a very outdated title with a similar gameplay style to games like House of the Dead, back when pointing your Wii remote or PlayStation Move controller to the screen was still a thing. However, including a reimagined Operation Javier through a Season Pass or DLC to the newest iteration of Resident Evil 4 would be the best opportunity to engage players in Leon and Krauser’s lore. After the success of the Remake, I don’t see why Capcom wouldn’t be interested in bringing this short side chapter. The original Operation Javier chapter was around 2 hours long, so it wouldn’t be as extensive as the main game. But we would all still buy it at a
high fair price, right stranger?
Luis Serra’s Background
Luis Serra was always a very beloved character from Resident Evil 4. However, the Remake expanded the character’s lore and added a lot more depth to it. After the end of the game, it feels like we would have wanted to see more of Luis to witness the origins of his participation in this entry.
We have never played or seen Luis Serra’s backstory in any Resident Evil game. The closer we’ve been to that is his recent inclusion in the Mercenaries mode of Resident Evil 4 (which was very great indeed), but we still would like to see the origins of Luis Serra.
This would probably be the most difficult and unlikely DLC inclusion to a hypothetical Resident Evil 4 Season Pass. Capcom would definitely need to develop brand-new content for this side story, maybe revisiting many locations from the main game. Still, it would be quite a challenge for Capcom to bring something new like this to Resident Evil 4. But now more than ever, we would love to see that happen. If Capcom is interested in taking even more money from us Resident Evil fans, there goes a brilliant idea.
More Mercenaries Content
This is the only other DLC content we will most definitely get in the future. You see, the Mercenaries mode for Resident Evil 4 Remake was launched a couple of weeks after the game’s release. This mode included 3 scenarios and 4 characters. Different than the original version of Resident Evil 4, which included 4 scenarios and 5 characters. Even if Resident Evil 4 Remake included Luis Serra as a playable character in the Mercenaries mode for the first time, we’re still missing two characters and one scenario.
The two missing characters are Ada Wong and Albert Wesker. But there’s a very logical reason we’re missing these two characters (for now). As I mentioned above, we still don’t have the Separate Ways DLC in our hands yet. And these two characters are more important for the story in the aforementioned DLC chapter. It would be weird to play them on Mercenaries before witnessing their actual story in Separate Ways.
Also, we have plenty of information on the game’s files that hint at the likely arrival of the two missing characters to the Mercenaries mode, such as their character models, animations, and original soundtracks. In any case, we’ll have to wait for an official announcement as well. But we can probably be sure we’ll eventually get it.
However, we’re still missing that fourth scenario. And we probably wouldn’t mind a co-op mode for Mercenaries either. So if you eventually want to add those as well Capcom, we’re fine with it.
The P.R.L. 412
The P.R.L. 412 was an unlockable weapon in the original Resident Evil 4. You could obtain it by finishing the game on professional difficulty. This weapon was particularly strong. It was a laser that you could shoot by charging the weapon to its maximum and it would instantly kill every single enemy in the area, making it the strongest weapon of the game.
But actually, we’re missing this weapon on the remake. By finishing professional difficulty, you only get the Handcannon. This is nice, but the Mercenaries mode also allows you to unlock the Handcannon by getting the S rank on all 3 scenarios.
One of the few flaws Resident Evil 4 Remake has is that there aren’t many unlockables in the game to tackle. The Mercenaries mode arrived with very interesting gameplay elements, but when you realize the only unlockable it added was something you could already unlock was rather disappointing.
If we end up getting Separate Ways or that Mercenaries update, we will definitely need more unlockables. Resident Evil 4 Remake feels a little bit unrewarding after finishing it since there aren’t many things to do other than playing the Mercenaries mode or playing the game on a higher difficulty. More challenges and more rewards would be very nice on a future DLC or update of Resident Evil 4, so including the option to unlock the P.R.L. 412 after finishing Separate Ways on the highest difficulty would be pretty neat.
R.P.D. Uniform and Pop Star Outfits
Talking about unlockables, the remake is also missing two unlockable outfits from the original game. I have to say the fact that these two outfits were missing when I finished the game got me quite depressed, but I still have some faith in Capcom.
The emblematic Resident Evil 2 R.P.D. Uniform for Leon would definitely make most of us replay the game a few more times just to enjoy the mere aesthetics of it. There was nothing more epic than kicking ganados while wearing the same clothes Leon wore during the Raccoon City outbreak. It gave a unique vibe to the NG+ playthroughs, so we’re still trying to figure out why the hell we don’t have this outfit yet. And that awesome redesign Capcom gave to Leon’s uniform in Resident Evil 2 Remake, we definitely deserve to see it included.
And we shouldn’t forget about Ashley’s Pop Star outfit either. This outfit gave Ashley some iconic Britney Spears vibes that made the president’s daughter look “pretty dashing” as she would say herself. Unlike Leon’s R.P.D. Uniform, there is a plausible theory on why this outfit could be missing in the remake. Some people simply think this outfit is unlikely to get included due to it being too revealing for today’s standards. And while that can be certainly true, I personally wouldn’t mind if Capcom redesigns it in order to remove the revealing aspect of the outfit. I just want to see Ashley running away from ganados while wearing the same clothes she would wear at an early 2000s music clip or concert. Better be dead than plain, girl.
Mad Chainsaw Difficulty
And talking about unlikely, how about bringing the Mad Chainsaw difficulty? This difficulty was only added to the free downloadable Demo version of Resident Evil 4 Remake, but it was actually pretty fun. This difficulty changes the aspect, locations, damage, speed, and amount of enemies in the Demo.
One of the most fun things Resident Evil 3 Remake had was the Nightmare and Inferno difficulty. These difficulties also changed the locations of enemies and key objects, so it added a lot of replay value to the game. Resident Evil 4 could definitely benefit from that by adding the Mad Chainsaw difficulty that was seen in the Demo. Although the Demo clearly states that Mad Chainsaw difficulty was not going to be included in the final game, it is not too late. If Capcom eventually decides to bring a DLC pack or Season Pass to Resident Evil 4, this would be a pretty dope addition.
Would you like to get a Season Pass of Resident Evil 4 with all this DLC content added to it? If so, how much would you pay for it? It’s very unlikely Capcom traced a plan to add all of this DLC content to Resident Evil 4, but unlike being a video game junkie, dreaming is free.
Resident Evil 4 (2023) is available on Steam, PS4 & PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.