Dead Rising 4 returns to Willamette, the setting of the original game, during the holiday season.
The game is a sequel set sixteen years after the events of the first game, and one year after the events of Dead Rising 3, though it also acts as a soft reboot of the series. Dead Rising 4 also does away with the restrictive time limit, much like the Wii port of the original; Dead Rising: Chop ‘Till You Drop. The trailer confirmed the rumors that Frank West would be returning as the main character. The trailer showed Frank returning to Willamette and revealed the setting for the game to be set during the holidays. The game takes place 16 years after the first game (which means it takes place a year after Dead Rising 3), and a new outbreak has resulted in the Williamette Memorial Megaplex Mall being overrun by zombies, history repeats itself as Frank has to discover the cause of this new outbreak. Gameplay wise it seems Dead Rising 4 will retain the bigger open world from Dead Rising 3 as Frank can now travel outside the mall and explore Willamette, as well as bringing in more combo weapons. The game will not feature a time limit of any kind due to negative player feedback with previous games. The exception is the online co-op mode, where players complete objectives with a given time limit.
The game is scheduled to be released worldwide on December 6, 2016.