Resident Evil 4 VR’s The Mercenaries Mode is Available Today

We already knew Armature planned to add The Mercenaries Mode into Resident Evil 4 VR – today, Quest 2 players with a copy of the game can now access the mode as a free update.

The Mercenaries is an arcade-style mini-game that debuted as an additional mode in Resident Evil 3. Players are tasked with killing waves of enemies and obtaining the highest score possible before the timer runs out. RE4 VR, when it initially launched, was the only version of Resident Evil 4 not to include the additional mode.

Like the base game before it, The Mercenaries mode has been rebuilt from the ground up to accommodate virtual reality. Along with the inclusion of the highly-requested game mode, Resident Evil 4 VR's major update rolls out new content as part of the new Mercenaries mode.

This includes an online leaderboard and a new Challenges mode, which consists of a variety of different scenarios, each ramping up the difficulty. Depending on how you perform in the Challenges mode, you can unlock new bonus items and weapons, such as a Big Head Mode, new outfits, and Chicago Typewriter, a gun that was noticeably missing from the VR version at launch.

Despite the game lacking additional modes at launch, in my review of Resident Evil 4 VR, I noted that it offered a fresh take on one of the most ported entries in Capcom's popular survival horror series. With the inclusion of The Mercenaries, the new online leaderboard and Challenges mode, and the return of the Chicago Typewriter, this update helps increase the replayability of Resident Evil 4 VR.

IGN had a chance to go hands-on with the new content ahead of release. This includes capturing 17 minutes of Mercenaries Mode, 11 minutes of the new Challenge mode, and 10 minutes of the single-player campaign with the golden gun skins and big head mode enabled.

Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.