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Capcom will no longer force PC players to upgrade Resident Evil games

PC players can now choose whether or not they want the updated versions.

Yesterday, Capcom announced that it will no longer force Resident Evil 2, 3 and 7 players on PC to upgrade their games.

First announced in March, the company revealed that improved versions of these three Resident Evil titles would hit next-gen consoles and PC. The upgraded versions appeared Monday and are currently free to all current owners of the original games. The updated versions of RE 2, 3 and 7 features improved lighting with ray tracing and enhanced 3D audio. However, they caused major problems for some players.

Some PC players quickly grew frustrated at the insane system requirements needed for these games. As a result to some, these upgrades felt more like downgrades due to major performance issues. Worse yet, Capcom originally made the upgrades mandatory.

This decision ultimately led to overwhelming backlash with many fans calling for Capcom to make the upgrades optional. Fortunately, Capcom heard the pleas and revealed yesterday that players can now revert back to the older versions of the games. The developer made the announcement via each game’s Steam page and cited an “overwhelming community response”.

Although players will need to do a little extra work to make the games playable, Capcom provided easy-to-follow instructions. In addition, the instructions also show players how to re-upgrade the games again if they choose to down the line. However, the publisher also notes that some in-game option setting may reset due to the rollback process.

Resident Evil 2, 3 and 7 crawl onto next-gen

The upgraded Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, as well as the remakes of RE 2 and 3 are also available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Players who already own the games on PS4 or Xbox One can additionally receive the upgrades at no cost on their respective next-gen counterpart. To see the improvements, you can also watch the update trailer below.

Have you played the updated version of these games? For those on PC, did you experience any performance issues? As always, share your thoughts with us in the comments!


Sam Fronsman

A writer with a love for video games, both new and old. A collector of games, CDs and DVDs. Can sometimes be found behind a camera or playing guitar. The X-Men games for SEGA Genesis will always hold great memories.
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