As reported by GamesRadar, eagle-eyed users on ResetEra noticed a Microsoft Store listing for a “Resident Evil 4 Treasure Map Expansion,” seemingly part of the game’s Digital Deluxe Edition. The content pack’s description reads: “Discover the hidden treasures that await! With this map, additional treasures will be placed throughout the game. Some of these treasures can only be obtained by this method.”
A quick perusal of RE4’s Microsoft Store page reveals a total of 13 different content packs, presumably available separately in addition to being bundled in the $70 Digital Deluxe version. These packs include mostly outfits and cosmetic options, but also two new weapons and the aforementioned treasure map.
We’ve been living in the age of the $70 Digital Deluxe Edition for a good long while now, but doesn’t this example seem particularly… odious? I’m not exactly railing against the heavens that my $60 isn’t enough to get me “Romantic” or “Casual” outfits for 21st century brain trust Leon Kennedy and Ashley Graham, it just makes me feel tired and old. I’m flashing back to all the cross promotion armor and day-one DLC we were faced with during BioWare’s peak productivity period under EA ownership. You know, your Blood Dragon Armor(s), Warden’s Keep, Inferno Armor, Zaeed—The Price of Revenge: pure, unadulterated content.
It’s not precisely clear what the Treasure Map Expansion’s vaunted treasures entail, but my guess is it’s more vendor trash to sell to my beloved Scottish pirate merchant in exchange for dubious firearm modifications. In most states of the Union outside Texas, it is highly illegal to give a strange masked man a “spinel” in exchange for a high-capacity magazine, and RE4’s set in the firearm-averse European Union!
I find I have a particular distaste for those premium weapons as well—the Sentinel Nine pistol, seemingly based on Leon’s gun from one of those CGI Resident Evil movies, and the Skull Shaker shotgun, an admittedly pretty dope Winchester 1887 lever-action shotgun. Like any good Digital Deluxe weapon, you just get them for free at the first save point instead of having them organically combined with the game’s progression, and I’d argue these freebies clash with RE4’s perfectly calibrated pacing and itemization.
But who am I kidding with all this grousing, I’ll still buy Resident Evil 4 for the fourth time when it comes out on March 23, even though I find that unfurling scroll of “premium content” so tiresome. No Digital Deluxe handgun on Earth could ever hold a candle to my precious Red9.