The Resident Evil 4 remake release is fast approaching, and in a similar vein to the Resident Evil 2 remake, you can expect as many changes as familiar faces in the story. If you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve completed the game throughout the years, there is plenty to look forward to in this new iteration, including a makeover for the Resident Evil 4 remake characters.
The upcoming remake is bound to shake things up, perhaps even leaning into the Resident Evil 4 horror potential of the original. But until we can get our hands on the game, let’s take a look at the returning crew of heroes and antagonists in the Resident Evil 4 remake — both those who we have seen so far and those who are yet to be revealed, but are integral to the story.
Resident Evil 4 remake characters
Taking into consideration the characters featured in existing trailers, as well as the key figures from the original, here is the full list of Resident Evil 4 remake characters:
- Leon Scott Kennedy
- Ashley Graham
- Luis Sera
- Ada Wong
- Ingrid Hunnigan
- Albert Wesker
- Bitores Méndez
- Ramon Salazar
- Osmund Saddler
- Jack Krauser
Leon Scott Kennedy
One could argue that Leon S. Kennedy already was a protagonist in the series with Resident Evil 2. But his search for the president’s daughter over in Spain is equally memorable and is primarily centred around him. By this point he’s no longer a rookie — yet, at least from what we know about the Resident Evil 4 remake so far, he’s definitely put to the test in one of the biggest challenges of his career.
His look definitely resembles the one from the Resident Evil 2 remake, but it’s easy to notice the subtle differences that showcase he’s older now. In any case, as long as he continues with his B-horror movie-style quips and impressive melee attacks, we’ll feel right at home.
The damsel in distress of the story, Ashley Graham is the president’s missing daughter and Leon’s primary rescue target. Those who played the original might have mixed feelings about her role in the game, as there are multiple sections in which the player needs to protect her from enemies while also dealing with tons of foes simultaneously.
It’s unsure whether these sections will be reworked or not for the remake. What we do know, at least from what the trailers suggest, is that Ashley might have a bigger role, with one particular scene showcasing her succumbing to the parasite and aiming a gun at somebody.
Luis Sera is a mysterious yet charming character that helps Leon, at least in his own way. The trailers feature him quite often, which seems to indicate he will remain largely important in the core story.
That being said, his model definitely looks different, almost like a younger version of his past original self, which may or may not take some time to get used to depending on how attached you are to his previous model.
Speaking of mysterious characters, Ada Wong is back once more. Picking up a similar treatment to how Leon is portrayed, with a model that doesn’t differ too much from the Resident Evil 2 remake version, she is also featured quite a few times in trailers. It’s early to know how the Separate Ways portion of the original game will tie into the Resident Evil 4 remake.
Either it remains as a bonus chapter of sorts that is unlocked after finishing the main story once, or it will be integrated into Leon’s own journey through the region.
Very few protagonists manage to become iconic without an operator on their side — or in this case, via a communication line. Ingrid Hunnigan is originally present only in a few calls throughout the story, but from what we’ve seen in the trailers, we can now see her in actual cutscenes inside her office.
Perhaps she’ll have a bigger role, too, but we can at least rest assured that she’ll have Leon’s back once more.
Yet another character that showed up primarily on calls during the Separate Ways portion of Resident Evil 4 cooperating with Ada Wong, we have Albert Wesker.
Albert Wesker is an iconic antagonist of the Resident Evil series, and he is involved in Leon’s story as well, albeit mostly indirectly. We’re yet to see him in trailers, but knowing his nature, it’s safe to guess he is eager to make our acquaintance.
One of the most formidable enemies of Leon in Resident Evil 4, Bitores Méndez is confirmed to return to haunt us once more. He seems to be wearing a coat with a darker tone in the remake, fully embracing his goth vibe, and remains as stoic and frightening as ever.
His encounter with Leon is quite emblematic, and it remains to be seen how Capcom decides to adapt it for this new iteration.
Another iconic villain in the Resident Evil 4 story. Ramon Salazar, whose resemblance no longer seems like one of a child in the remake, but rather an aged person, is one of the key figures of Los Iluminados, the center cultist group of the story.
He proves to be quite troublesome for Leon in the original, and from what we can gather from the trailers, he’ll be equally annoying in the remake.
Speaking of Los Iluminados, the cult is led by Osmund Saddler, an ancient evil man that is behind the parasite that has turned every resident, well, evil.
Depending on how you look at it, he is in charge of most of what happens in the story, even if the people he’s in charge of are the ones doing most of the dirty work and trying to stop Leon. Still, you can expect to encounter him in the remake once more.
Jack Krauser is yet another iconic antagonist for Leon in Resident Evil 4, and one of Wesker’s strongest allies. Krauser has a big role during the events of the game, and it’s hard to imagine the remake leaving him behind.
Still, it’ll be curious to see how his encounters with Leon will be recreated, as well as his new look, which is yet to be shown.
Don’t fret, stranger, the iconic merchant is returning for the Resident Evil 4 remake. In fact, the shop seems to be quite revitalized, including a whole new aspect involving crafting. Leon will now be able to make ammunition, as well as different herbs and other items with the usage of multiple materials.
Upgrading weapons remains a vital aspect, as well as purchasing or selling equipment. Overall, it seems like he’ll remain a trustworthy partner throughout the story, providing aid when you need him the most and helping you to make some room in your inventory.
That covers what we know about the Resident Evil 4 remake characters. Be sure to keep an eye out for more on the game as we approach the Resident Evil 4 remake release date.