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Capcom Has Reactivated the “Old” PC Resident Evil 2, 3 and 7

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Capcom have given PC gamers access to the old versions of Resident Evil 2 Remake, Resident Evil 3 Remake and Resident Evil 7.

Confused? Then you’re one of the lucky ones who didn’t suddenly find their post “upgrade” copies of Resident Evil 2, 3 or 7 PC running like treacle or not running at all. At their June showcase, developer Capcom announced that Resident Evil 2, 3 and 7’s next-generation console patches were out now, and that was great.

After all, if you’ve got an Xbox One, you run the last gen version. If you’ve got an Xbox Series X|S, you run the next gen version. However, an upgrade patch was also rolled out to PC and applied to the Steam version of the game, regardless of how powerful each respective players’ PC was.

As reported by Eurogamer, the minimum specs were raised, meaning that if your PC did meet the original minimum specifications but didn’t mean the new one, you could the games running poorly or refusing to run at all. And that’s exactly what happened, with some owners of the three titles asking for a refund, a response that Capcom has dubbed “overwhelming”.

Yes, the new PC upgrade patch adds ray-tracing, but what’s the point if your PC isn’t up to it. We can well understand why they were angry. Has Capcom fixed things? Sort of. They’ve made it so that you can choose to download the original pre ray-tracing upgrade version through Steam. Here’s how to do that, but it’s still a little fiddly.

It’s mind blowing that Capcom didn’t anticipate pushing up the minimum specifications with an auto-installed patch would render the game unplayable for some. Maybe the Umbrella Corporation is leaking.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.