Resident Evil 4 VR releases for the Oculus Quest on October 21, and it has now been confirmed that some dialogue in the game was changed from this release. Facebook recently confirmed this in a statement to UploadVR, and these changes were made in close collaboration with original developer Capcom.
These changes were made to reduce the sexualization of the character of Ashley, the president’s underage daughter. Multiple voice lines were removed as a result, while some scenes have also been edit to remove some questionable parts entirely.
Facebook said in its statement: “Oculus Studios, Armature, and Capcom partnered closely to remaster Resident Evil 4 from the ground up for VR. This includes immersive environments and high-resolution graphics. It also includes select changes to in-game dialogue and animations that we believe will update Resident Evil 4 for a modern audience.”
Resident Evil 4 certainly did have a problem in this and it’s certainly great that Facebook took the opportunity to address the criticism for modern sensibilities. Critical reception for the game seems to be positive right now, with most reviewers appreciative of the game’s conversion to the VR platform.