Dead Rising Remaster puts classic Frank option behind a paywall

When Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster will be released later this yearFans will have to play as a new, different looking Frank West. This “enhanced” version of the character hasn’t been well received online, so it’s nice to hear that Capcom is offering another model based on the OG Frank West in the remaster. There’s a catch, though.

The original Rise dead was released in 2006 on Xbox 360 and later ported to other platforms. The game stars Frank West, a photojournalist who has previously covered wars, and his investigation into a massive zombie outbreak in and around a small-town mall. In June, Capcom surprised fans with an announcement that it would be remastering the original game. But that first teaser a new look and voice for Frank West. Fans were not happy about that. And Capcom, who probably predicted such a reaction, has an offer for those fans: pre-order the game to get the classic Frank.

As noted by IGNCapcom is now taking pre-orders for Rise dead on the official website. And as you might expect from a AAA video game publisher in 2024, pre-orders are Rise dead comes with some bonuses. One of those extras is a skin for Frank West that turns him back into his plumper, younger-looking self as seen in the original 2006 version of Rise dead.

Normally, a few minor cosmetic bonuses that come with a pre-order wouldn’t cause much panic or anger. And I do think that the other pre-order bonus skin—based on the main character of Dead Rise 2—is pretty cool! But some fans aren’t happy that the one major complaint they have about the upcoming remaster—the new, weird-looking Frank West—can only be fixed by giving Capcom some money now, before the reviews are out and people have a chance to play the game.

And once the game is out, will it still be possible to get this classic skin? Will Capcom sell it to people later? Or will it be added to the game as a freebie later? For now, we don’t know, but the game’s official site does mention — in small print — that these pre-order bonuses may “be made available separately at a later date.”

Oh, and don’t expect this classic model to sound like it does in the Xbox 360 game, as the original voice actor says, Capcom never asked him to return.

Honestly, the OG Frank West model feels like something you should unlock after beating the game once. Or after killing a certain amount of zombies. It should be a nice reward for playing Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster and not the way to get more people to pre-order something before they’ve even had a chance to play it or read a few reviews.

Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster will be released on September 19 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.


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