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The surprise announcement of a deluxe remaster for Dead Rising, set to be released in 2024, comes with a controversial redesign of Frank West.

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The unexpected revelation of a premium remake for Dead Rising, scheduled to launch in 2024, arrives with a contentious makeover of Frank West.

Out of the blue, without any hints or speculations, CAPCOM has unveiled a trailer for Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster. This updated version of the initial game in the series, initially introduced for Xbox 360 in 2006, is set to debut on ‘next-generation platforms’, likely including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X (and hopefully PC as well), sometime in 2024.

This appears to be more than just a typical remaster (thus the Deluxe title) as the visual enhancements are quite significant. However, the lead character, Frank West, has undergone a noticeable facial redesign, which could spark some controversy.

As a devoted fan of the franchise, I am thrilled to see the return of Dead Rising. The original game was incredibly enjoyable, with its time-sensitive gameplay setting it apart from many contemporary titles. The most recent entry in the series, Dead Rising 4, released in December 2016 without the iconic time-based mechanics, and it suffered as a result.

Many may recall that between 2016 and 2018, CAPCOM Vancouver was developing Dead Rising 5, a project that was ultimately scrapped by the Japanese headquarters after investing approximately $40 million into it.

According to reports by Liam Robertson, the game was intended to take place in Santa Catarina, Mexico, bridging the gap between the events of Dead Rising 2 and 3, and would have featured Chuck Greene from Dead Rising 2.

Dead Rising 5 was intended to run on Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, which was far less polished at the time and reportedly presented significant development hurdles for CAPCOM Vancouver, as they strived to create an open-world game with massive zombie hordes, a staple of the Dead Rising series. There were discussions within the team about transitioning from the traditional vibrant and humorous Dead Rising tone to a more serious one.

With CAPCOM currently in a more stable financial position, they may be using this Deluxe Remaster as a litmus test to potentially greenlight a new chapter in the Dead Rising saga. One can only hope.

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