The Merchant, who was previewed during the Resident Evil Showcase, comes back in the Resident Evil 4 Remake with a fresh user interface and gameplay element.
The reappearance of the Merchant in the remake has been confirmed for Resident Evil fans, and he has a new user interface that describes every one of his game-related responsibilities, including a brand-new mechanic. The whole UI of the Resident Evil 4 Remake’s Merchant can be seen in a screenshot, and it differs significantly from that of the original game. Despite having a little role in the original game’s plot, The Merchant ended up being a fan favourite, thus the news that he will return in the remake is sure to please many.
The Merchant, a pleasant Ganado who never reveals his real name in the original Resident Evil 4, agrees to help Leon Kennedy on his quest to save Ashley Graham, the President’s daughter. So far, it appears that the Merchant’s function will be similar to that of the first game, which involved selling Leon goods and things as well as upgrading his arsenal. Leon’s inventory space might be increased by the Merchant by purchasing larger attaché cases, which are also confirmed to reappear in the Resident Evil 4 remake.
The official Resident Evil Twitter account has published a screenshot of the Merchant’s user interface. The top-left corner shows how much money and tradeable goods Leon has in his inventory. The purchase, sell, and tune-up features from the first Resident Evil 4 are also present. In a brand-new feature, Leon will be able to exchange a special currency, which in the screenshot resembles pink gemstones, for special equipment including other treasures, a red dot sight, and the Punisher handgun, which is also returning from the first game. Although there will undoubtedly be significant modifications in the Resident Evil 4 remake, it seems like the Merchant will only be enhanced.
The way the player is presented with the shop is a significant shift, even though the functionality of the merchant’s shop appears to be unchanged from the original game and has only been slightly enlarged. Compared to the first game, Merchant seems to be more involved. There were only three grey regions to choose from for purchasing, selling, or upgrading in the initial version of the system; the Merchant was not available. Similar to the Duke in Resident Evil Village, who performed the same role as the Merchant in that game, he appears onscreen and has more conversation in the remake.
It’s obvious Capcom is concentrating on finding methods to bring back every character from Resident Evil 4 in faithful yet contemporary ways, not just developing a game like the Resident Evil 2 or Resident Evil 3 remakes. With the Merchant confirmed to be returning, along with his iconic “stranger” phrase.
Launch dates for Resident Evil 4 for PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S are March 24, 2023.