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Everything we know about Resident Evil Village (so far)

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The Resident Evil franchise as a whole is experiencing a revival, something that began with the success of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard in 2017. That game forsook a lot of the action-oriented elements that later games had taken and run with. Since then, Capcom has seen great success with the Resident Evil 2 remake receiving critical acclaim and outselling the original title. The Resident Evil 3 remake was released in April 2020, and while it had some action, it was still very horror-focused.

As a result, the recent (and-long rumored) announcement of Resident Evil Village came as no surprise. This game appears to be taking some significant departures from past titles while still retaining the strong horror element of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Resident Evil Village is currently slated to arrive at some point in 2021. Witches, werewolves, a snowy village, and an absolutely beefy Chris Redfield are just some of everything that we know so far.

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The next chapter

Resident Evil Village

Ethan can never catch a break

Resident Evil Village follows Resident Evil 7 and Ethan Winters’ story, who has to enter a mysterious castle in search of his kidnapped daughter. You’ll get to contend against horrific creatures, including Lady Dimitrescu and her insect daughters.

What is Resident Evil Village?

Resident Evil Village is the next Resident Evil game from Capcom. It’s the eighth mainline game in the series, with the “VILL” in “VILLAGE” being bolded as a nod to “8” or Resident Evil 8. With that said, the official title is Resident Evil Village.

Resident Evil Village trailer

Here’s the announcement trailer for Resident Evil Village, which was shown during Sony’s PS5 showcase, The Future of Gaming.

At a later showcase, we got to see another trailer showing more glimpses of the horror that awaits:

Finally, in the January 2021 showcase, a third trailer focused on what is inside that mysterious castle:

Resident Evil Village story, gameplay and features

Even now, we don’t know a lot about the story. Ethan Winters, the main protagonist of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, is the protagonist here again. Resident Evil Village takes place a few years after the events of the Baker Mansion, as Ethan and his wife Mia are trying to live in peace. Chris Redfield shows up and turns Ethan’s life upside-down.

As Ethan tracks Chris down and attempts to rescue his kidnapped daughter, he finds himself in a mysterious snowy European village with a foreboding castle — Dimitrescu Castle, home of the Tall Vampire Lady, also known as Lady Dimitrescu. She commands her witch-like daughters (who can shift into swarms of insects) to hunt Ethan down. Here’s everything else we know about the story, gameplay, and new features.

  • The game is being developed using the RE engine.
  • It’s being developed for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, and PS5.
  • There are what appear to be werewolves and witches.
  • The game is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, though Capcom states it will have more action elements.
  • The press release from Capcom describes the village as almost being one of the characters.
  • It uses a grid-based inventory system like in Resident Evil 4.
  • There’s a merchant known as “The Duke.”

Were the Resident Evil Villlage rumors true?

Most of the previous rumors on Resident Evil Village turned out true. A Twitter user by the name of AestheticGamer, a.k.a., Dusk Golem has previously shared information on the development of Resident Evil 2 (2019) and Resident Evil 3 (2020) that turned out to be accurate, so it appears that whoever they are, their information is reliable.

According to AestheticGamer, Resident Evil Village started out as Resident Evil: Revelations 3; however, the game was reviewing well internally at Capcom. It worked so well that the company decided to rework it into the next mainline game. Aesthetic Gamer also stated that these internal tests featured Ethan, the protagonist of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, as well as Chris Redfield.

These demos supposedly featured a snowy village, with strange occult vibes as the inhabitants are hesitant to speak with the protagonists. There’s also a laughing witch and werewolf-esque Beast Men who chase the player down. Just like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, this is a first-person game. Resident Evil 8 will supposedly be released sometime in early 2021 and will be a cross-generation game, with support for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. This part was the only information that (so far) appears to be incorrect, as Resident Evil Village is not coming to current-generation platforms.

This information is lined up with a report from RelyOnHorror, who state that the opening of the game will be “shocking” for longtime Resident Evil fans and involves Chris Redfield. RelyOnHorror also reported that the name of the game is VILLAGE: RESIDENT EVIL, with the first four letters of “village” being the Roman Numeral for eight. RelyOnHorror further describes an “escape sequence” where even once the player finds a handgun, it has little effect on the Beast-men following. Eventually, the player can barricade a door and find a shotgun, far more capable of dealing with the creatures.

Will Resident Evil Village be on Xbox One?

Yes. While it was rumored that a current-generation version was in development at some point, Resident Evil Village was only officially coming to next-generation hardware: the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5, and PC. This would’ve allowed Capcom to take full advantage of the next-generation hardware, including vastly superior graphics and CPU tech alongside ultra-fast SSDs.

With all that said, Capcom recently stated at Tokyo Game Show 2020 that the team is looking into a version for Xbox One and PS4 but that “no promises” are being made. At the January 2021 showcase, Capcom confirmed that Xbox One and PS4 versions were coming. The Xbox One version supports Smart Delivery, meaning you’ll get a free upgrade to the higher-generation version.

Will Resident Evil Village be first-person?

Yes, Resident Evil Village will have a first-person perspective, much like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard before it.

When is the release date for Resident Evil Village?

While we were originally learning more in August, our next bit of information came in September at Tokyo Game Show 2020. The next update on the game comes during winter, in January 2021.

After Capcom initially stated a broad “2021” release window, a release date was announced during a showcase on January 21, 2021. Resident Evil Village is currently set to release on May 7, 2021. When it does arrive, it’s likely to be one of the best Xbox horror games.

The next chapter

Resident Evil Village

Ethan can never catch a break

Resident Evil Village follows Resident Evil 7 and Ethan Winters’ story, who has to enter a mysterious castle in search of his kidnapped daughter. You’ll get to contend against horrific creatures, including Lady Dimitrescu and her insect daughters.

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This post was written by Samuel Tolbert and was first posted to WindowsCentral

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