Capcom recently showed off a ton of gameplay for the Resident Evil 4 remake, but fans noticed one important, heartbreaking difference.
In the original Resident Evil 4, there is an adorable puppy trapped in a bear trap that Leon stumbled upon. Players can help free the dog from its trap, and the dog will return a little later to help you in a boss fight.
As you can see in the video below, by the time Leon reaches the trap in the RE4 remake, the dog is already dead and will have to face the next fight all on his own.
—IGN (@IGN) October 20, 2022
RE fans across the internet are mourning the loss of the iconic dog, even the well-known “Can You Pet the Dog?” twitter account He expressed his strong-worded anger at the puppy’s early death.
Oh my God https://t.co/9HI LadjL1h
— Can you pet the dog? (@CanYouPetTheDog) October 21, 2022
Other RE fans have treated the news differently, theorizing that this represents a “darker, more morbid view” of the events of Resident Evil 4. The dog is back to help you. That moment in the dark gives Resident Evil 4 a sense of wholesomeness.
(18/??) One of the expected divisive changes in the remake is that the dog you were able to rescue early in the game is already dead at that point in RE:4. Poor dog, but it could be an early indication that this is a darker, more morbid take on Resident Evil 4, with a bit of a twist. pic.twitter.com/TsQwa74Ssw
— AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem (@AestheticGamer1) October 21, 2022
I don’t mean to sound like I’m just complaining, but this was a pretty important part of the game. Saving a dog and later being saved by a dog allowed OG games to get this “wholesome” feeling in the dark. Very profitable. That’s what makes Resident Evil stand out! https://t.co/TkDW2sSQz4
— Art Eater ➡️⬇️↘️🐲👊 (@Richmond_Lee) October 21, 2022
Silence for that dog who took care of me in Resident Evil 4! Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear in the RE4 remake😭 pic.twitter.com/vC059Bl1Ri
— 𝐑𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 (@RuleTimeSpace) October 21, 2022
Even with the obvious removal of Furry Friends, the Resident Evil 4 remake is shaped to be a faithful homage to the original. We are focused on doing better,” he said.
For more information, you can read IGN’s interview with Resident Evil 4 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, or find out why there are currently no plans for a Code Veronica remake.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over 6 years of experience in the games industry and has bylines for IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.