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Apple's push into the AAA gaming market included the announcement that Resident Evil 4 would be coming to the iPhone, and is now available for free pre-order.
Capcom's Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Village will be released on iPhone and iPad later in 2023. Both games are available for free download on the App Store, but will require an in-app purchase to unlock the full game.
There is good news for Apple fans. In-app purchases look like universal Apple ID unlocking. This means users can buy a game on iPhone and then play it on iPad or Mac without having to pay again.
However, since this is an in-app purchase and not a subscription, there is a chance that it cannot be shared with family members. Thus, if several family members want to play, they will have to pay — but it depends on the developer.
We hope that Capcom will make the IAP common to all family members, but this will not be known until launch.
Part of the game will be free to play. Resident Evil 4 costs $60 because it's a new game, and it's the same price as on PlayStation and Xbox.
Pre-register for Resident Evil 4.
Resident Evil Village was originally released in 2021, so it's priced a little lower at $39.99. However, it is slightly more expensive than the Mac version, which currently costs $29.99 when purchased separately.
There is a slight oddity in the Resident Evil Village list. It only shows the iPad version and does not list the iPhone or Mac versions.
Pre-registration for Resident Evil Village on iPad.
These devices can be added to the list later. It is not yet clear whether a universal in-app purchase will be available for Resident Evil Village.
Resident Evil 4 will be released sometime in 2023, but the release date has not yet been announced — the current App Store date of December 31st is a placeholder. The iPad version of Resident Evil Village will be released on October 30th, as previously announced.