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Resident Evil 4, known in Japan as Biohazard 4 (バイオハザード4), is the sixth game in the Resident Evil series developed by Production Studio 4 and published by multiple publishers, including Capcom, Ubisoft and Nintendo of Australia.
Officially announced in 2001, Resident Evil 4 underwent a long development period before the finished product was released in 2005; a typical problem in Resident Evil game development but was exceptionally difficult in its 4th installment due to its many groundbreaking departures from traditional Resident Evil games.
The first attempt was developed for the PlayStation 2 from 1998 to 2000. The project was led by RE2 director Hideki Kamiya and "Team Little Devil". However, in prototype status the game proved to be a radical departure and was scrapped. However, it was not thoroughly abandoned; it became Devil May Cry.
The development of Resident Evil 4 got its official start in 2001 for the GameCube as part of an exclusivity agreement between Capcom and Nintendo. The first proposed version, dubbed the Fog Version, was unveiled in 2002 with Hiroshi Shibata in charge. This version's premise featured Leon infiltrating Umbrella's headquarters in Europe, fighting fog-like creatures. However, Capcom scrapped the beta quietly and created a new version without outside announcement.
After that came the Hooked Man Version, dubbed "Maboroshi no Biohazard 4" (幻の「バイオハザード4), literally meaning "Hallucinatory Biohazard 4". First shown in 2003, this version was set in a haunted mansion and featured Leon fighting paranormal enemies. A distinctive enemy in this version was the said Hooked Man, with a large hook grafted onto his wrist. The game was reportedly so scary that Shinji Mikami warned gamers with the quote "Don't pee your pants!" prior to showing the trailer. However, it was later cancelled for being too paranormal. Gameplay footage of this version was featured in the Biohazard 4 Secret DVD, released in Japan.
Shinji Mikami took over directorial duties and began working on the released version. Prior to the game's release, many Capcom producers considered RE 4 to be a "risky" departure from the series. The game's creators sought to reinvent the series by adding a new type of enemy to the game, called "Ganados", as opposed to using the undead. Furthermore, unlike other RE titles, RE 4's storyline was not centered on the Umbrella Corporation or its exploits.
In 2004, the Umbrella Corporation's secret activities within Raccoon City have become a public affair. Following an investigation by the U.S. government, several Umbrella officials are prosecuted and Umbrella's operations suspended, bankrupting the company.
Leon S. Kennedy was recruited by the U.S. Secret Service after they learned of his actions in Raccoon City. Leon is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the President's daughter, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious cult. As he travels to a rural village in Europe, he encountered a horde of violent villagers who pledge their lives to it.
The player controls Leon S. Kennedy from a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective. The gameplay focuses on action and shootouts involving crowds of enemies in large open areas, in contrast to other games in the series. The addition of a laser sight allows aiming in various directions; shots now affect the enemies specifically where they are hit.
Another new aspect is the inclusion of context-sensitive controls. Based on the situation, the player can interact with aspects of their environment; there are also dynamic cut scenes, in which the player must press buttons indicated on-screen to execute actions.
Capcom added new content made specifically for the PlayStation 2. The largest addition is Separate Ways, a minigame which revolves around Ada Wong's involvement in Resident Evil 4 and her connection to Albert Wesker who is now attempting to revive Umbrella. Ada's Report, a five-part documentary, analyzes Ada's relationship with Wesker and his role in the plot. Other unlockable content in all versions included "The Mercenaries" minigame, new costumes for Leon and Ashley, new unlockable weapons and a Movie Browse.
Leon S. Kennedy, survivor of the T-Virus outbreak in Raccoon City who now works as a government special agent.
Resident Evil 4 has garnered significant critical acclaim and has received dozens of awards from various organizations and stellar reviews from various video game websites.
According to January 17, 2007 sales figures provided by Capcom, the GameCube version of Resident Evil 4 has sold a total of 1.6 million units worldwide, while the PS2 version has sold over 2 million units.