Capcom rolled back recent update patches to the PC versions of Resident Evil 2, 3, and 7, after many gamers found they were no longer able to play the games.

Capcom announced the cancellation of updates to Resident Evil 2 Remake, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 7 in a Steam post (opens in a new tab). Both pre-update and post-update versions of games will now be available to play (thanks, Eurogamer (opens in a new tab)).

The updates were originally introduced to coincide with the release of next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X updates to the games. Fixes include various graphical improvements, added support for 4K resolutions and ray tracing, and improved frame rates.

However, these improvements have increased the PC hardware requirements of gaming. Many gamers running the titles on platforms that hit the minimum specs found that they were no longer able to do so after the update, leaving them without access to games they had already purchased. As PCGamesN points out (opens in a new tab), the update also made DirectX 12 a requirement, which is only available on Windows 10 or Windows 11 PCs.

Capcom has now acknowledged the issues and has revived older versions of the titles. In the Steam message, it was written: "Due to the overwhelming response from the community, we have re-enabled the previous version[s] which does not include ray tracing or enhanced 3D audio. Updated and previous versions will be available in the future.

How to reactivate previous versions

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If you've been caught in the crossfire of graphics upgrades and can no longer play Resident Evil titles on PC, you're in luck. Going back to previous versions of games isn't too difficult, as Capcom has provided step-by-step instructions.

First, you will need to start Steam. Then simply follow the steps below:

  • Access your Steam Library
  • Right click on the game and select Properties.
  • From the context menu, select Betas
  • In the dropdown select “dx11_non-rt” (you don't need to enter a password)
  • Close the context 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-update state. If you ever want to update the game to its new version, after selecting the best GPUs currently available, for example, you can simply go back to the Betas menu and select "None" from the dropdown.

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