Just like we’d expect, but it’s nice to know for sure
Shortly after announcing that Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 7 will be getting shiny new PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions this year (as well as some equivalent “upgrade patches” on PC), Capcom has confirmed that players’ current save data will transfer. You’ll be able to carry your PS4 and Xbox One save data forward, and Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition‘s DLC will “transfer over” as well, according to the publisher.
We're happy to confirm that save data from the original PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of these games will carry over to their respective upgraded versions. DLC that comes with Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition will transfer over, as well! https://t.co/FVVTPuHBQs
— Resident Evil (@RE_Games) March 15, 2022
This sounds so straightforward when it’s laid out like that — arguably to the point of asking “wait, how is this even a story?” — but there are no guarantees. Things can get needlessly messy when shifting from one generation of consoles to the next.
What this (probably) means for trophies
Among PlayStation players, there’s already hope about cashing in on “easy” platinum trophies. With past games like Final Fantasy VII Remake and Death Stranding Director’s Cut, players who carried their PS4 data forward onto PS5 were able to automatically unlock their trophies again once they booted up the PS5 version since the PS4 and PS5 lists are separate. It’s a strangely fun sensation — like, “Hey, you earned this.” Capcom hasn’t specifically spoken about the trophy situation on PS5, but that’d make sense.
Until now, I didn’t realize people were out here tracking “auto-pop” trophies. It’s neat!
Glancing around on Twitter, I saw some folks express a deep desire to not have to go back and complete all of the Resident Evil 7 DLC trophies again on PS5, as the Banned Footage stuff — especially the unforgiving Ethan Must Die mode — can be a nightmare. I got the base-game platinum, but never that one. Now now, not ever. I don’t have it in me.
As for the current-gen-ification of RE2, RE3, and RE7 in general, I’m stoked. Any excuse to re-run these games is good enough for me, especially in the case of Resident Evil 2, which I’ve still got some trophies to check off. It’s literally a yearly tradition for some of us.
Which of these games are you most eager to revisit? Reminder: they’re free upgrades.