A datamin makes this clue more than just speculation
By Michael McWhertor on March 27, 2023 3:46 pm
The new Resident Evil 4 remake will be released with the additional mode The Mercenaries on April 7th. A datamine of the PC version of the game indicates that the Separate Ways DLC that Capcom released for previous versions of Resident Evil 4 may be is also available for the remake.
According to a tweet from Resident Evil Central, members of the Resident Evil Wiki Discord community have unearthed a reference to Separate Ways – or rather, The Another Order as the add-on was called in Japan – in Resident Evil 4’s PC files.
Separate Ways is an unlockable expansion for Resident Evil 4 that puts players in control of Ada Wong on her journey, frequently crossing paths with Leon S. Kennedy and Luis Serra during the events of the main campaign. In the original Separate Ways incarnation, Ada performs actions such as ringing the church bell ending the village’s attack on Leon, as well as preventing Leon’s death at the hands of Jack Krauser and securing the rocket launcher that Leon uses in the game’s final battle . (The original Resident Evil 4 also had a separate playable chapter called Quest: Ada, in which Ada secures Plaga samples for Albert Wesker.)
[Warning: The following contains light spoilers for the end of Resident Evil 4’s remake.]
The Resident Evil 4 remake itself makes a pretty blatant reference to Separate Ways during an endgame conversation between Leon and Ada. It’s not very subtle!
Capcom hasn’t announced any plans for Resident Evil 4 DLC after April’s The Mercenaries update. Still, Capcom has released post-launch story content for the latest mainline Resident Evil games. 2017’s Resident Evil 7 Biohazard received several major add-ons, including the episodes “Not A Hero” starring Chris Redfield and “End of Zoe” with a playable Joe Baker. Resident Evil Village received the Shadows of Rose story-based DLC last year, in which players can take on the role of Rose Winters.
Separate Ways could serve as a home for more than fleshing out the story of RE4 and Ada Wong’s involvement in game events. It could also serve as a home for edited content, like the fight against U-3. While this creature does not appear in the main game, the remake references U-3 in its collectible files.
Resident Evil 4 is available now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC and Xbox Series X. Now, if you’re dying to play as Ada Wong, there’s a popular PC mod that swaps out her model for Leon’s. It’s unfussy, but it offers players the chance to marvel at Ada for the entire length of the RE4 campaign when, inexplicably, watching Leon S. Kennedy just isn’t your cup of tea.