Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 arrived as an Oculus (Meta) Quest 2 exclusive last month and it’s fair to say that the virtual reality (VR) port has been a well-received success. However, there was one glaring omission from the VR edition and that was the ‘Mercenaries’ mode which added even more replayability to the other versions. Over the weekend it seems a video leaked stating that the mode will be arriving next year.
Spotted by Biohazardcast, a video reportedly dropped via the Oculus YouTube channel confirming the popular gameplay mode would indeed arrive for Quest 2 in 2022. Now, it looks like that was an accidental leak as the video has been made private so there’s no way to definitively confirm the details. However, Biohazardcast did reupload its own version of the trailer, which looks fairly genuine.
Why all the interest over the Mercenaries mode? Well, it’s appeared in every Resident Evil 4 videogame since the first release almost 20 years ago. While you could always replay the main campaign to unlock all the little extras, Mercenaries mode provided a far more bite-sized chunk of action, taking players back to various locations from the campaign. Levels were timed, with the challenge being to kill as many enemies as possible for the biggest score. Variety was added through the option to select from one of several characters, each with their own weapon loadout.
Mercenaries isn’t the only additional gameplay mode the VR version is missing, with the ‘Assignment Ada’ and ‘Separate Ways’ DLC also omitted. The leak does indicate that the Mercenaries mode will be a free update and more details could arrive during The Game Awards as Resident Evil 4 is nominated in the AR/VR category.
Developed by Armature Studio, Resident Evil 4 has been completely remastered for Oculus Quest 2. You can play the game entirely from a first-person perspective, all the weapons can be manually reloaded; dual wielding is now an option and more. VRFocus said in its review that: “Resident Evil 4 on Oculus Quest 2 is a testament to Armature’s VR skills whilst highlighting the difficulties in bringing an almost 20-year-old videogame into VR. With the immersion settings on full whack, running around monster-filled castles was thoroughly engrossing and genuinely tense at points.”
As more details regarding the Mercenaries mode for Resident Evil 4, VRFocus will let you know.
Update: The Oculus Blog has confirmed that The Mercenaries will be coming to Resident Evil 4 as a free update for Oculus Quest 2. Plus, based on gross sales from launch week, Resident Evil 4 is “the fastest-selling app in the history of Quest”.