Last-Gen Resident Evil Available On PC Again Following Outcry From Modders
Resident Evil 2, 3, and 7's current-gen upgrades on PC rendered mods useless due to engine upgrades, shutting down the work of countless creators in the community. But Capcom heard the cries of raunchy Nemesis fans everywhere and has since made it possible to roll back your games.
"Hello Resident Evil fans," Capcom opened on its Steam blog. "Due to overwhelming community response, we've reactivated the previous version that does not include ray-tracing and enhanced 3D audio. Both enhanced and previous versions will be made available going forward."
It follows with a little guide on how to roll back to last-gen versions of each Resident Evil. Go to properties, select BETAS, choose dx11_non_rt, close the menu, and voilà. Steam will 'update' (roll back) to the previous build. Now you can play through the game with Claire's Mercenaries outfit or Kakao Ryan grenades.
The response from the community has been wholly appreciative with many praising Capcom "for addressing this so quickly" while others dubbed it "Chadcom." It's also a big win for speedrunners as the original categories went defunct with no way to play older builds, leaving the world record untouchable. But last-gen is back, so you can speedrun in the new or old builds.
It's an interesting shift for PC gaming in particular because Steam updates are usually final, not preserving last and current-gen in the same way that Xbox One and Xbox Series do, or PlayStation 4 and 5. Just look at Garry's Mod which is unrecognisable compared to its heyday and incredibly difficult to roll back. But this move also restores DX11 and Windows 7 and 8 support, going above modding to let those on older hardware still play the game.
If you don't want mods, are on an older Windows build, and don't speedrun, then you can still enjoy the current-gen Resident Evil update for 2, 3, and 7, just by booting up Steam and letting it update your games.
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