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Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster: Everything We Know

Frank West’s receding hairline aside, how exciting is it that Capcom wants to remaster Dead Rising, again? The original game launched in 2006, and, well, we’ve had an HD remaster in 2016, as part of the Dead Rising Triple Bundle Pack that included Dead Rising (2006), Dead Rising 2 (2010), and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (2011). Now, newcomers can relish in the joy of slaying down zombies, while veterans enjoy a more up-to-date take on the gory-ridden affair on next-gen consoles. 

Hey, for as long as Capcom continues to bless us with remarkable remakes, we’ll be more than happy to oblige. So, shall we see what you can look forward to in the new release? Here’s everything we know about Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster so far.

What is Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster?

Frank West

Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster is a ground-up remake of the original Xbox 360 Dead Rising that was released in 2006. Nearly 20 years later, Capcom wants to reimagine the survival comedy-horror game for next-gen consoles. They plan to port the original game over to the RE Engine, which has been hugely instrumental in blessing us with the spectacular Dragon’s Dogma 2 and the Resident Evil 4 remake. It’s also the same proprietary engine that will build the upcoming Monster Hunter Wilds.

Story

Frank west vs vilain

Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster plans to remain as faithful to the original game’s storyline as possible. So, veterans will be familiar with the fictional photojournalist Frank West’s unforgettable journey at the mall. He’s sent to the Willamette shopping mall in Colorado to investigate a strange catastrophe. On arrival, he finds the undead rampant in the stores, wreaking all manner of havoc. But he can’t leave just yet, at least not until he rescues the remaining survivors and gathers the evidence he needs to report back at his job. He has 72 hours to push through the hordes of zombies, uncover secrets that go beyond the zombie outbreak, and once he’s completed his mission, get out of the mall alive. 

The shopping mall setting of the game hasn’t changed much. In fact, Capcom retains the same locations, with only a fresh coat of paint to bring out a more modern and delightful ambience. The same goes for the characters who primarily remain the same. You’ll even run into the human big bosses who’ll simply go by “the psychopaths.” The only difference is that character models will be more refined, boasting a fresh revamp thanks to the RE Engine.

Gameplay

Frank West swinging a bat

Frank West didn’t exactly arrive at the shopping mall with the tools you would need to fight off zombies. So, you’re forced to use your fists to fight off the undead. But you can also pick up anything to use as melee weapons. Anything goes, from frying pans to trash cans to craftable weapons. The more you play, the more you’ll unlock new weapons, including a handy chainsaw. 

Like the story, Capcom plans to remain as faithful to the original’s combat as possible. They plan to retain the same quirky but fun gameplay, complete with the cartoony feel of the game. However, while the gameplay will mostly remain unchanged, Capcom still plans to add some new quality-of-life changes to the core systems.

Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of an auto-save feature. Previously, you had to find a bathroom, sometimes at the far end of the mall, to save your progress. Now, you won’t have to worry about losing the progress you have made. 

Additionally, Frank West will now be able to move while aiming. It makes all the difference in combat when you can keep track of foes, but also avoid taking damage from staying in one place for too long.

Finally, Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster will overhaul the outdated visuals of the original. Capcom is aiming for a 4K 60fps calibre using RE Engine’s capabilities. Overall, you can look forward to more seamless controls, better UI, and fully-voiced cutscenes, among many other improvements.

Development

Frank West swinging a chainsaw

The development of Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster is in full swing at Capcom. The pressure is probably pretty high after the disappointing launch of Dead Rising 4 (2016). It seems Capcom is going back to the drawing board, remaking the original game that pleased the masses. 

The studio is determined to retain the original’s lore, with Art Director Satoshi Takamatsu stating, “For character animations, we tried to limit unnecessary changes and use the original data as much as possible, especially during action scenes. We could’ve made them more realistic with today’s tools, but we wanted to preserve the unique and comical moments that made the original Dead Rising so special.”

Capcom has been on a roll, releasing spectacular Resident Evil, Mega Man Battle Network, and more remakes. So, we’re pretty sure the upcoming game is in the best hands. 

Trailer

Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster - Announcement Trailer

Check out some of the old versus new graphics in the Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster announcement trailer. The trailer was just released at the Capcom Next: Summer 2024 event. While Frank West’s hairline has been unjustly cut back, the visuals and gameplay look pleasantly fun.

Release Date, Platforms, & Editions

Frank west motorcycle in Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster

You won’t have to wait too long for Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster, with Capcom confirming the new game will launch on September 19, 2024. They plan to release the new game exclusively on next-gen consoles, including PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC platforms. You can preorder the game as early as now via PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Microsoft Store or Steam. There are two editions available.

Standard Edition

  • Base game
  • Price: $49.99

Digital Deluxe Edition

  • Base game
  • Resident Evil Villains Pack
  • Resident Evil Heroes Pack
  • Mega Man Pack
  • Willamette Parkview Mall Pack
  • Capcom Pack
  • Price: $59.99

By preordering, you’ll receive additional costumes for Frank West, Chuck Greene, and Willamette Parkview Mall Bee, along background music sets. 

So, what’s your take? Will you be grabbing a copy of Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster when it drops? Let us know over on our socials here.

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.