CAPCOM shared some details about the changes coming to Resident Evil 4 Remake and one of them is about enhanced cooperative play with Ashley Graham.
Resident Evil 4 Remake features Leon Kennedy and his mission to rescue Ashley from the Ganado cult, a group that has been infected with a parasite that has the same effects as zombies in previous games. In the original game, Ashley was a troublesome partner, as she caused a lot of games more often than not. If she dies, the game ends automatically, which meant players had to constantly cover her, but her AI at the time still wasn’t that great.
A recent interview with game directors Yasuhiro Ampo and Kazunori Kadoi with game informer revealed what CAPCOM has improved with Ashley’s gameplay in the remake.
“We wanted the game to change when Ashley is with you,” Ampo said. In the original game, Leon could “order” Ashley to hold a position and stay away from combat, but this has changed in the remake. It is revealed that this time, the goal was to make her presence known without her being completely overbearing.
The developers revealed that in the remake, Ashley was created to be more serious, believable, and self-sufficient compared to the original version. The end result is expected to make her more likeable and attractive.
“As a character, we wanted to have her by your side so that she would make her mark,” says Ampo. “And as a game, having her hide while you went and fought in the original, it was fun in a way. But having a character like Ashley and then having her basically disappear for a while felt like a waste. We wanted to avoid that in the remake.”
Kadoi then adds, “When making an AI, you don’t want them to get in your way. But if you can forget about them and they take care of themselves, then it doesn’t seem like you’re really protecting them. Finding a balance between those two is difficult.”
Expect Ashley to be the reliable companion throughout the journey this time instead of just being a nuisance and being on her way.
Resident Evil 4 Remake launches on March 24, 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PS VR2.