Resident Evil 4 Remake Makes Big Change to Merchant

Apart from its visuals, the Resident Evil 4 remake also made a lot of changes in the game, and one of them involves the Merchant. Resident Evil 4‘s iconic NPC has assisted many players with his helpful wares throughout the years, and they seem excited to see him again in the remake.


Originally released in 2005, Resident Evil 4 centers around special agent Leon Kennedy as he rescues the US president’s daughter Ashley Graham from an evil religious cult in Spain. The survivor horror was considered as the best game in the Resident Evil franchise by players and critics alike because of its exciting gameplay and storyline. Apart from Leon and Ashley, it’s also remembered for its memorable enemies and NPCs, like the Chainsaw Man, Dr. Salvador, and the Merchant.

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The Merchant, in particular, can be spotted in select areas where players can stock up on health items and weapons before diving into another fight. However, some players would also shoot him, and he would only respawn in other locations. In the Resident Evil 4 remake though, players won’t be able to shoot at the Merchant. Spotted by YouTuber GameXplain, Leon will automatically lower his gun when it’s pointed towards the NPC, letting him live another day.

In the past, Resident Evil 4 developer Capcom revealed many changes made for the remake. One of the biggest changes was making Ashley more self-reliant, which is an improvement from the 2005 game where players were burdened with commanding her to stay put and hide. Capcom also removed certain elements from the game in hopes of improving the overall experience, like QTEs, the crane mini-game that players pushed enemies off a ledge with, and the laser room.

The changes have garnered mostly positive reactions from many Resident Evil fans, with some feeling sad that Capcom killed off the police officer and one of the dogs who originally appeared in the first arc of the game. It’s possible that players might find other new elements once they get their hands on the new Resident Evil 4.

The Resident Evil 4 remake joins the long list of iconic games like Final Fantasy 7 and Silent Hill 2 that have or are being remade to be compatible with current-gen consoles. Many gamers could expect more in the future, especially with the high demand for some old games to be remade with better graphics.

Resident Evil 4 will be available on March 24, 2023, on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

Source: Gamerant

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