Capcom has rolled back recent update patches made to the PC versions of Resident Evil 2, 3 and 7 after many players found they could no longer play the games.
Capcom has announced the rollback of the Resident Evil 2 Remake, Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 7 updates in a Post on Steam (opens in new tab). Now pre and post-update versions of games will be available to play (thanks, eurogamer (opens in new tab)).
The updates were originally introduced to coincide with the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X next-gen updates of the games. Patches include several graphical improvements, added support for 4K resolutions and ray tracing, and improved frame rates.
However, these enhancements have increased gaming PC hardware requirements. Many players who were running the titles on platforms that played the minimum specs found they could no longer after the update, effectively finding themselves locked into the games they had already purchased. As PCGamesN (opens in new tab) highlights, the update also made DirectX 12 a requirement, only available on Windows 10 or Windows 11 PCs.
Capcom has now acknowledged the issues and reactivated older versions of the titles. In the Steam post it read: “Due to the overwhelming response from the community, we have reactivated the previous version[s] which does not include ray tracing and enhanced 3D audio. Enhanced and earlier versions will be made available going forward.”
How to reactivate previous versions
If you’ve been caught in the crossfire of graphical updates and found that you can no longer play Resident Evil titles on PC, you’re in luck. It’s not too complicated to revert to previous versions of the games as Capcom has provided step-by-step instructions.
First, you will need to launch Steam. Then just follow the steps below:
- Navigate to your Steam library
- Right-click on the game and select Properties.
- From the pop-up menu, select Betas
- From the dropdown select “dx11_non-rt” (you don’t need to enter a password)
- Close the popup menu and let the Steam client automatically update the game
That’s it. You should now be able to launch the game in its pre-upgrade state. If you want to update the game to its new version – after grabbing the best GPUs currently available, let’s say – you can simply go back to the Betas menu and select “None” from the drop-down menu.