This December, Capcom will release Dead Rising 4 on PlayStation 4 with all of the game’s downloadable content to date and a new game mode, Capcom Heroes. That content is also coming to the Windows PC and Xbox One versions. But that’s not all; Capcom Vancouver is also working on brand-new content and improvements to the game experience as part of a free update for Dead Rising 4.
One of the bigger updates coming to the game involves Dead Rising 4’s human enemies, also known as maniacs (and something we criticized in our review of the game). According to a post on the Capcom Unity blog, the development team is working to make the game’s maniac encounters “feel more meaningful and rewarding.”
Maniacs will have new weapons that suit their character and Frank’s reward for defeating a Maniac will be wielding the new weapon. The AI that drives the Maniacs is also being improved to provide players with an even greater challenge.
Some of the Maniacs will also have new Maniac Minions who will attack Frank, making these fights more difficult. Human enemy AI is being improved for all types, making them better at using cover, blocking attacks with shields, and countering players who might rely on a single attack.
Dead Rising 4 will also receive a half-dozen new side missions called Distress Calls. Here’s how Capcom describes those missions and their rewards:
During Frank’s time in Willamette, he will have the opportunity to answer these Distress Calls and aid a survivor in a newly scripted mission, carrying out a quest for the survivor. Once he’s accomplished the assigned task, Frank will have to protect the survivor from the zombie hordes as they make their way to a safe location.
Each of these six all-new Distress Call missions will give players a unique variation on one of Frank’s outfits as a reward.
Capcom Vancouver is also working on other tweaks to the game, including “improved controller responsiveness, faster attack speed, faster zombie horde awareness, more aggressive pursuit, rebalanced weapon distribution, improved zombie AI, mission tuning and more.”
Dead Rising 4’s gameplay update will arrive Dec. 5, the same day Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package comes to PS4. Here’s a preview of what’s to come in the game’s December update.