Finally Gonna Do It

For the longest time I’ve wanted to make an HD texture pack for Resident Evil 4, specifically for the Wii version played through Dolphin (since it retains all of the original effects from the GCN). I’ve come across texture mods in the past, for both the PC version and for Dolphin, but for some reason even the best ones I’ve seen don’t seem to actually update every single texture, or the creator made what seem to be bad choices from an art perspective.

With the announcement of the Ultimate HD version we have confirmation from screenshots that while some textures have been upgraded, many havent. So it seems safe to say that an official 100% across-the-board HD revamp of the game isn’t coming anytime soon, so I figure this is as good a time as any to do this.

* I’ve never really done this before.
* I don’t have a tablet, so this is all Photoshop + mouse/KB for now
* My intent is to be true to the original textures and look of the game where possible
* I don’t have a lot of free time, so this will be a project that will likely take 1-2 years to finish
* I’m resizing each texture to be 4 times the original size, but a Photoshop version of each texture will be saved at 8 times the original size

Observations so far:
* While I originally thought this game was so amazing-looking on the GCN, looking at the actual textures and seeing how they’re mapped onto the character model makes me appreciate the effort it must have taken to work within the technical limitations of the time.
* It feels impossible to get some parts of the model looking right because the textures get warped or wrapped around in weird ways that distort it.
* The inner lining of Leon’s coat is one area where I wish there were a few more polygons πŸ™‚

Please provide me your feedback – but be gentle – I’m new to this whole thing. πŸ™‚

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8 responses to “Finally Gonna Do It”

  1. Cris Without H says:

    Ok, here are my thoughts on the jacket. Since this is Leon’s first look, this awesome jacket was well remembered by fans despite it being stolen so shortly after starting the game. So, it can’t be easy to get that jacket perfectly, considering how familiar these horrible, low-res textures feel. And while I think you did a really great job, I cannot help but feel that the white parts should be more yellow and darker to match the original. Also, I think that perhaps some of the brown parts should be brighter, also to match that original feel. Then again, for such an iconing thing, I really think you guys did a great job.

    • Cris says:

      Thanks for the feedback here. I think Leon’s jacket will be one of the last textures we’ll finalize because it’s going to be hard to get it as “right” as possible (the version you see here won’t be the final texture). Generally speaking I agree with your feedback! πŸ™‚

      • Cris Without H says:

        ^^ But say, will you also redo things such as skin on the models or the eyes? Or, for example, the glow on merchant’s eyes. With a closer look, it seems that the glow is placed in front of the eyes and not on the eyes themselves.

        • albert says:

          We’ll re-create all character textures, so, the answer is yes πŸ™‚ But the eyes glow position is somewhat we can’t control…

  2. Pepsiman says:

    Thank you for doing this

  3. grub says:

    hello from the future!

    you did it guys!!!!

  4. jekah says:

    * I’ve never really done this before. […]
    * I don’t have a lot of free time, so this will be a project that will likely take 1-2 years to finish.

    8 fine years later…