Resident Evil 4 Remake Isn’t Adding The Fan-Requested Hookman

The Resident Evil 4 remake sadly won't add the fan-requested ghostly "Hookman" hallucination from the E3 2003 demo for the game, which showed a much more horror-focused adventure for Leon.

Over the past few weeks, Capcom has slowly been rolling out more information about the Resident Evil 4 remake, finally showing us a bit more gameplay footage and revealing new details about what the remade version will change and introduce. One of the most interesting things confirmed so far is that the remake will include enemies that were cut from the original release, including a goat-head-wearing villager and a "female zealot". This had some fans hoping for the appearance of the "Hookman" from the 2003 beta, but it looks like that's not happening.

Yesterday, Game Informer interviewed the Resident Evil 4 remake's director, Yasuhiro Ampo, and its producer, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, to ask them 80 rapid-fire questions about the game, ranging from silly questions like why Leon gets chicken eggs from snakes (this time around you'll get snake meat), to questions that led to more substantial reveals, like the confirmation of a photo mode and New Game Plus.

One of the biggest questions that Game Informer asked Ampo and Hirabayashi was whether the remake would include the long-awaited "Hookman" from the E3 2003 demo build of the original game. This has been such a long-standing question from Resident Evil 4 fans, that Game Informer even pointed it out as one of the big questions it asked in the interview, saying, "Yes, we asked about the hook man" in the video's description.

Sadly, it doesn't look like the Hookman will be making an appearance in Resident Evil 4 Remake. When asked about the enemy showing up, both Ampo and Hirabayashi instantly say no to the idea, seemingly having been asked the question before. Hirabayashi then says, "There is no hook man" before turning to Ampo and explaining that the original demo for the game included a "ghost-like guy" and that it was named Hallucination Biohazard. Ampo at first seems a little confused, but seems to remember the demo by the end of the question.

For those who are unaware, the Hookman (inventively named because he has a hook) comes from the E3 2003 demo build of Resident Evil 4, known to most fans as the hallucination build. Rather then being the action-packed game we all know and love, this build was much slower-paced and more focused on horror, featuring Leon wandering through a castle and encountering ghostly enemies referred to as hallucinations.

The standout moment from the demo is when Leon walks past a painting of a hook, only to see the ghostly Hookman come out of it and start attacking him. It was a markedly different take on Resident Evil 4, which is exactly why fans have been hoping to see it referenced in some way within the remake.

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