Last week, Sony hosted an online event called the Future of Gaming where they gave us some bonus information about their console and announced some of the upcoming PS5 games. One of these games is a new title in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil Village. In a new video published on Resident Evil’s YouTube channel, producers Tsuyoshi Kanda and Peter Fabiano give us some bonus details about the new title.

Scroll down for the updates

Name

In the video the developers stated that they intentionally rejected the name of Resident Evil 8 for the new title. However, the number VIII (which is 8 in the Roman numeral system) appears in the logo of the Village if you look carefully.

Release Platforms

Resident Evil Village was announced at a Sony’s event but the title will also release on Xbox Series X and Steam for PC.

Gameplay

[UPDATE 1 –  30/6/2020] Resident Evil 8 Will Require ‘An Open Mind’ according to a leaker

A very reliable leak source, AestheticGamer, tweeted that Resident Evil: Village will be the further departure from the beloved series to date.

Taking to Twitter to chat about the game, AestheticGamer shared: “It depends how you look at it, but I would say yes, yes it is a bigger departure than RE 7. For one thing despite the first-person, southern aesthetic of RE7, RE7 is very, very clearly a RE game, like it purposefully follows RE1’s structure a lot of the time. It’s also relatively self-contained.” They went on to claim that though RE 8 is mechanically similar to 7, it’ll be “more daring,” blurring the lines of the series “not in a way to please everyone.”

“I recommend keeping an open mind with RE8, it is in many ways the biggest departure the series will take to date, but it got to where it is because it’s excellent,” they teased. “They’re taking a few risks with RE8, more than people know at this point, but they believe they have something truly special here, and I suspect it’ll be regarded by many down the line as a stellar Resident Evil game.”
In a dialogue with another RE fan, AestheticGamer spoke a little on the game’s structure, claiming that the new Resident Evil title will be  “bigger and focus on exploration than any Resident Evil game,” with free-roaming, optional treasures and what could be a hint for side quests.
Nothing is officialy confirmed yet, but AestheticGamer has correctly leaked a number of now-proven facts about Resident Evil 8. We will update the article when we have an official announcement on this topic.
Engine

Like several other titles of the franchise, Resident Evil Village will use the RE Engine. According to the developers, “We were able to take all that we learned from those titles along with our internal development efforts and optimize the latest version of the engine for the next generation of consoles. With the combined power of next-gen and RE Engine, we can take our developers’ visions into new heights. Realistic graphics and immersive audio coupled with no load times will really draw you into the world we’ve created for Resident Evil Village”.

Time Period

The new game takes place some years after the events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

Protagonist and Plot

Ethan Winters is the main protagonist of Resident Evil Village, who has returned to ordinary life in the titular village. The well known Chris Redfield is also making his return. Chris is the reason to turn Ethan’s life upside down in the Village. The producers showcased a key art that depicts Chris as “dark and far more brooding than in earlier appearances”. In the trailer, Chris Redfield is seen shooting someone multiple times in cold blood at Ethan’s house. It could suggest that the heroic series regular is set for a more antagonistic role this time around.

Setting

The title is set in titular village where Ethan Winters lives a peaceful life.

Trailers

Currently the only trailer that we have about the game is the announcement trailer. We embeded the video below for you to watch.

Release Date

Resident Evil Village is set to release somewhere in 2021. For now, these are the only details that we have. We will update the article with more information in the future.

Be sure to check all the new games announced by Sony and some stunning screenshots from the Demons Souls Remake. This month, we are  also doing our first site giveaway with Witcher 3, Green Hell and Fight of Animals (for Steam).

Foivos Karkanis

Leave a comment