Remastering Ada and Her Arsenal (Work in Progress)!

Hello everybody!

This is the second post related to the weapon texture and 3D model remastering process. At the same time, I’m taking the opportunity to show you the “work in progress” results of my work toward remastering Ada. It still requires some touch-ups here and there.

Regarding her weapons, this is what’s been done so far:

  • Hi-poly inventory models (they are the same models the game uses in the Merchant store)
  • Examine view 3D models used in-game (this feature already was included in the latest release but I’ve optimized them a bit more)
  • New re-created textures for the Examine view have been applied to the Inventory and in-game weapon models

And here’s what’s been done for the Ada’s in-game model:

  • Corrected some clipping issues with her neck ribbon
  • Hi-poly hands for all the weapons (She still had the low-poly PS2 hands!)
  • Re-created textures
  • Imported textures and gun models to the cut-scenes

And that’s it! The progress on Ada is still a work-in-progress. For example, her neck ribbon and eye textures still need to be redone. I really like how her face looks now: She’s virtually identical ingame, but in HD (and I don’t see the dreaded “uncanny valley” result that some face re-texturing work suffers from).

I hope you enjoy the comparison images and video. We are waiting for your feedback! 🙂

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Examine view Weapons and Items!

 

Hello everyone!

We’re back with new regular updates about our project. This post covers the remastering progress for the textures and models displayed in the “Examine View.”

As some of you know, the weapons are based on real life models. I tried to be faithful to the original RE4 textures while using those real life weapons as reference. It was interesting to see why some of the weapons’ original textures look grainy. I always thought it was a cheap trick to give the weapon some texture detail and that it looked quite bad. But nothing could be further from the truth — those weapon materials are made of some kind of plastic that DOES have that grainy texture.

Regarding the items, fortunately only a few of them really needed a total remaster process. Others only needed partial touch-ups, and a few more just need a few Photoshop filters. Finally, a decent bumpmap did the rest.

As you can see in the video, I’ve applied custom specular values to every item. It’s even possible to apply different brightness to different parts of the same model! This is great because we can make wood and different kinds of metal and plastic shine at different intensities and with different specular values.

My next post will cover how these new models and textures look in-game. Enjoy the pictures and video! 

 

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Some Fixes and Updates for our Latest Release!

Hello everyone!

Thank you to everyone for downloading the latest release and sending us all your feedback! Thanks to that feedback, we’ve been able to correct a few issues and make some adjustments. Our July 13th, 2018 release is not the final release, but it’s BIG enough to deserve some patches if needed.

Issues Addressed in this Patch:

  • Rifle (semi-auto w/scope) examine view fix:
    • The game would crashed when you examined that model.
  • Silencer (Leon’s Handgun) has been re-included in the inventory:
    • We originally removed all beta and repeated items in Leon’s inventory “.dat” file in order to gain extra space to store higher polygon versions for the other inventory items. However it seems that some people still use that silencer via a Trainer. No 3D detail of the other models has been lost because of this re-inclusion.
  • Chinese language fix for the “Got something that might interest you” Merchant cutscene:
    • The MDT file included in the evd file was wrong and made the game crash when subtitles were ON.
  • Chinese language fix for the Miniganmes item descriptions:
    • The MDT file included in the omk_pzzl.dat files was the wrong version.
  • Motion blur restored to default values:
    • We originally increased the motion blur effect for certain areas of the game to better match the Gamecube version (that effect was more obvious at SD resolutions), but this has caused dizziness for some, and many simply do not prefer it.
  • Adapted r100.udas file (the very first area of the game) for the “Flawless Widescreen” mod: 
    • This will address crashes encountered in the first area of the game for those using the Flawless Widescreen mod.

DOWNLOAD: 7/13 Release Patch (Direct Download) | Mirror 1 | Mirror 2

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the patch
  2. Extract it in the Resident Evil 4 folder (for typical Steam installations, the path is: “C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Resident Evil 4”).
  3. This is what the folder should look like after you’ve extracted the files:
  4. Run the “install-713-patch.bat” file by a simple double clicking. DO NOT run as administrator. Some Windows 10 users you *may* need to follow these steps.
  5. The script will ask you three questions:
    1. In addition to installing the rifle, silencer, and cutscene fixes, would you like to install the corrected Motion Blur files[Y/N]?
    2. Are you using the Ada RE2 costume for cutscenes included in our Release-3 pack[Y/N]?
    3. Are you using or planning to use the Flawless Widescreen mod[Y/N]?
  6. After you answer “Y” or “N” to these questions, the script will take a few seconds to complete and you’ll know the script has completed when you see a prompt to “Press any key to continue…”
  7. Enjoy the fixes!

 

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The Next Release is Now Live!

As promised, our next release is now live!

The link below will take you to the instructions and download links (please read the instructions carefully — you can do it while the files download):

RE4HD Project – Release 3 – Instructions and Download

Note: We have added a Torrent option for downloading this release. Please seed the file after you download it (if you have the bandwidth) to help others have decent download speeds as well. Thank you for your patience and support!

Note #2: We have added a troubleshooting page to address common issues encountered. Please review if you experience any issues.


WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Note: This is not the “final” release — there are several things that remain, like enemies, NPCs, playable characters, weapon and item refinements, etc.

  • Village Pack – UPDATED
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Castle Pack – UPDATED
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Island Pack – NEW
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Separate Ways Pack – NEW
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Assignement Ada Pack – NEW
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • The Mercenaries Pack – NEW
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Subscreen and Menus and Weapons Pack – NEW
    • Re-created menus and subscreen background images
    • Improved inventory item models and textures
  • Weapons Pack – NEW
    • In-game weapon 3D models and textures based on the higher quality “examine view” version
      NOTE: Weapon textures will receive a complete makeover in the final release
  • Items Pack – NEW
    • In-game item 3D models and textures based on the higher quality “examine view” version
      NOTE: Some item textures will receive a complete makeover in the final release
  • Cut-scene Pack – NEW
    • Fixed and restored effects from the Gamecube/Wii version that got lost during the HD porting process
    • Improved cutscene-exclusive textures and 3D models
    • Low-polygon Ganados have been replaced with the higher-polygon version
    • Some lighting adjustments here and there
    • Some effect adjustments here and there
  • Miscellaneous
    • Enemy torches and crossbow arrows cast real time light
    • Improved barrel and tank explosions
    • Fixed some minor sound bugs
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Announcement Trailer #3!

Hi everyone! We are happy to share this announcement with you! Take a look at the video (in fullscreen, of course) and then read the details below!

Here are the details about what this release will include.

Note: This does not mean the project is complete – there are several things that remain, like enemies, NPCs, playable characters, etc.

  • Village Pack – UPDATED
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Castle Pack – UPDATED
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Island Pack – NEW
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Separate Ways Pack – NEW
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Assignement Ada Pack – NEW
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • The Mercenaries Pack – NEW
    • All textures, 3D edits, lighting and effects improvements to date
  • Subscreen and Menus and Weapons Pack – NEW
    • Re-created menus and subscreen background images
    • Improved inventory item models and textures
  • Weapons Pack – NEW
    • In-game weapon 3D models and textures based on the higher quality “examine view” version
      NOTE: Weapon textures will receive a complete makeover in the final release
  • Items Pack – NEW
    • In-game item 3D models and textures based on the higher quality “examine view” version
      NOTE: Some item textures will receive a complete makeover in the final release
  • Cut-scene Pack – NEW
    • Fixed and restored effects from the Gamecube/Wii version that got lost during the HD porting process
    • Improved cutscene-exclusive textures and 3D models
    • Low-polygon Ganados have been replaced with the higher-polygon version
    • Some lighting adjustments here and there
    • Some effect adjustments here and there
  • Miscellaneous
    • Enemy torches and crossbow arrows cast real time light
    • Improved barrel and tank explosions
    • Fixed some minor sound bugs

More details to come, but for the time being, we hope you look forward to its release on Friday, July 13, 2018. Thank you all!

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Menus and Explosions! (While We Are Preparing the BIG Post)

Hallelujah! … I finally had some time to share something 😛

I’ve been polishing tons and tons of small (and not so small) details these past few weeks, so the project continues at its usual rate. The only difference is that all the edits we are doing now are not as visually outstanding as previous ones. This is the main reason that the time from post to post is longer now.

This week I’ll show you a few re-created menu background images, an alternate opening sequence, and improved explosion effects.

Do you remember the original Gamecube Capcom logo opening sequence? I’ve missed that gloomy sky so much! Here’s the original Gamecube image:

But I don’t miss it anymore because I found the original texture and ported that sequence back in! 🙂  (See the image gallery below.)

Also, I’ve re-rendered the 360º panorama of the Village that you can see on the Main menu when you beat the game. This is the original:

I think I nailed the camera angle pretty well! It was easier than I thought. The more complicated task was to match the colours, shadows, fog and sky… You can see the complete image in the video and a portion of it in the gallery.

In addition, the Movie Browser menu has been remastered, too! 

Finally, take a look also at the new flame grenade explosions  in the picture and video. Now the fire casts light as it should! 

 

And that’s all for now… Please, stay tuned for the next post!! 😉

 

 

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RE2 20th Anniversary in Spain! – Gamuza.es Interviews us

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Island Improvements (Part V)

Hi! It’s been a while since the last post…

But it’s all been for the best. I’ve done a lot of boring and time consuming mini-tasks:

  • Multilanguage sub-screen menus:
    All text and textures in all 6 languages for the inventory, Merchant shop, map, file organizer, etc.
  • Optimization of hundreds of cutscene repeated textures:
    As some of you know, there are certain textures repeated in most cutscene texture .pack files (like Leon’s face, all of Ashley’s textures, Ada and Ganado textures, etc.) I’ve included them inside the 07000000.pack file (a “master” pack file which is loaded at the start of the game). So, the same texture that was repeated more than 100 times is now just one single texture. All the repeated textures have been replaced with dummy 4×4 dds files.
  • Some redirected cutscene texture calls:
    A lot of cutscenes use stage textures, but they were copied again inside the corresponding cutscene texture .pack file instead of using the stage texture .pack file. I’ve redirected these texture calls to the stage .pack files and all the repeated textures inside the cutscene texture .pack files have been replaced with dummy 4×4 dds files, too.

I have no idea how big the cutscene texture packs would be if these 2 last points hadn’t been possible. I’d say the final version won’t reach 1 GB (only the cutscenes textures I mean), which makes me think that an non-optimized HD version would easily reach more than 5 GB in size.

And here goes the regular update:

Finally, I’ve revisited ALL the Island rooms. Their lights and effects are now revised and improved, just like all the other areas of the game. As usual, I’ve improved more of the 3D models and textures as I went. I hope you like the comparison images (a small selection) and the cutscene comparison video!

And now it’s time to prepare something BIG. We’ll keep you updated about it 😉

 

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Island Improvements (Part IV) + Enemy Dynamic Lighting

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Hello!

Here’s a new round of Island area comparison shots showing the latest refinements (see gallery below).

Also, I’d like to show you how the dynamic lighting looks now on enemies with torches and crossbows, along with some extra improvements (see the video below).

A short explanation for those who are not following every post on this site:
This second remastering pass I’m doing on the Island section is mostly focused on lighting and effects adjustments. We learned how to make these kind of edits when I was remastering the last areas of the game, which is why I’ve gone back to previous areas to apply everything I learned. I’m also taking the opportunity to make some quick 3D / texture / shadow improvements.

All Village and Castle area lighting and effects have already been remastered.

Only a few Island areas remain and… we’ll be ready to prepare the next release 😉

EDIT: New comparison video below!

 

 

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Island Improvements (Part III) + Assignment Ada (END) + Surprise

Hello!

Here is the surprise:

As you can see, this is a cutscene using the “Special 1” costume option, which (as you probably know) gives Leon his costume from RE2. The surprise is that now Ada is wearing her RE2 outfit as well! This is something I’d like to include at least as an extra / optional pack (as this requires just a few files to be replaced).

Making this change possible comes courtesy of Son of Persia, once again. In fact, I really have no idea if another modder already did this, but when I first played through the game with the “Special 1” costume option I was disappointed to see Ada just wearing her spy costume. I expected to see Ada wearing her RE2 outfit just like Leon (just as we can see in the Assignment Ada ending).  I’m sure many people thought the same thing the first time they saw it… 

Don’t miss the last part of the video 🙂

As for the rest of the update, the Assignment Ada stage files finally received their first big remaster job (as well as Leon’s equivalent areas).

In the screenshots below, I’m showing things that weren’t polished during the first Island revision.

I hope you like the improvements and feel free to post your toughts as usual!

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