While the classic horror title Resident Evil 4 gets an upgrade this month, don’t expect the same for the game’s iconic chainsaw controller.
Resident Evil 4’s chainsaw controller comes at a time when many game companies are experimenting with different types of exotic controllers and peripherals. A product of the early 2000s, the blood-covered gamepad was designed for the original 2005 Resident Evil 4 on the Nintendo GameCube.
The design is unforgettable from the moment you look at it. The blood-stained bright yellow base is loaded with all the buttons you’d expect from a GameCube controller, and it’s connected to a giant, bloody cosmetic full chainsaw blade. With the Resident Evil 4 remake coming out this month, we naturally think it’s appropriate to ask Capcom about a potential return for the chainsaw controller.
“So first of all, thanks for remembering the controller,” Capcom producer Yoshiaki Harabayashi told IGN. “I mean, it was a great controller back then, but unfortunately we can’t recreate the chainsaw controller now.”
“I mean, one of the things that’s holding us back is that we’re currently releasing the game on too many platforms, so that’s an obstacle for us. And of course, the team has been very focused. into actual game development, so it’s been a while since we’ve had a chainsaw controller unfortunately.
Resident Evil 4 launches as a GameCube-exclusive console, which means the Chainsaw controller is expected to come in just one version to match that console’s button layout. We loved its design and packaging at the time, but its bulky control setup and unbalanced analog sticks made it less than ideal for actual gaming.
Resident Evil 4 is coming to PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on March 23. For more, check out our full Resident Evil 4 interview with director Yasuhiro Ampo and the house. production of Capcom Yoshiaki Harabayashi, where we learn about parry, new ending moves, optional side quests, and more.