Online retailers are indicating an early 2005 release for the GameCube-exclusive horror sequel.
Numerous online retailers, including EB Games, GameStop, and Amazon, have recently updated their Resident Evil 4 information with release dates in early 2005. GameStop is predicting a release on January 3, while EB Games and Amazon have listed February 1.
Capcom's official release date has never been clearly set, and the company promised only a "winter" release, which broadly includes months from December through March or so. However, a blockbuster launch date in late November or early December 2004 was widely expected for the game.
Although Capcom would not confirm the reported dates, a company representative told PGC that if the game's date is eventually cemented into the early months of 2005, the move would not be considered a delay due to the loose release window given by Capcom since the game's big unveiling at E3 2004. Therefore, we do not expect any sort of official announcement regarding the game's release date in the near future.