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Resident Evil Village – Everything We Know

Resident Evil Village the eighth instalment of the Resident Evil franchise has been announced for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC. It’s only out next year but we already have some great details on the game. Which we’re going to deep dive into here. Watch the trailer and you’ll spot plenty of new monsters, a mystery to solve and of course the village. If you missed watching the trailer check it out below before we begin.

 

The Story

Set after the events of Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, we follow the story of Ethan Winters – the survivor of the previous game. He’s managed to put the horror of Biohazard somewhat behind him and is happily living a life of no consequences with his wife Mia. Putting the nightmares of Baker’s plantation house behind them couldn’t have been easy. And we’re led to speculate what is real and what is an illusion. Other than that everything is hunky-dory. That is until Chris Redfield arrives.

If you’ve played the Resident Evil franchise then you probably won’t need an introduction to Captain Chris Redfield. He’s the series’s virus busting hero and he’s saved the world on a number of occasions. Now however it seems like a darker more swole Chris has emerged from the shadows. And it’s not good news for Ethan and his family. With no explanation, Chris brutally kills Mia in front of Ethan for no reason that we know of.

The trailer dramatically opens with the line “His story comes to a close”. Could this be the end of Ethan’s story? Whether he dies or simply gets to live a peaceful life afterwards. Or could this line apply to our boy Chris Redfield? Could it really be the end for him? I mean dude has been fighting zombies since 1996, he could use a break.

 

The Village

Why not call this game Resident Evil 8? Well the VIII is replaced by the first few letters of Resident Evil VIIIage. Smart. A little unnecessary but smart. The village itself is modelled in a gothic European look which actually looks a bit Bloodborne-esque. Resident Evil Village will include many monsters and set pieces that are based in Eastern Europe. European themes can also be seen in the castle which appears like a classic medieval home. With a very demonic front door as well as a chandelier, a callback to the first classic mansion.

The snowy forest surrounding the village and castle could indicate a northern European setting. Which is more likely due to the apparel of the old farm owner Ethan encounters along with the other non-infected villagers. The infected enemies also appear European in nature, including a possible army of werewolves, a creepy old shamanistic woman, and the four terrifying women who seem to flirt and harass Ethan through the game.

 

We’re Back To First Person

Thank goodness. Much like Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil Village will return the franchise to the popular first-person format. Following the use of the classic third-person view in the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3. There’s just something more frightening about being playing in the first person. Your view is limited and you’re directly in the shoes of your character.

This return to the first-person view could also mean the possibility of the Virtual Reality mode returning. It was first released for RE7 Biohazard and some would say that it was potentially too immerse at that point. While I would appreciate the chance to see the highly detailed graphics up close, I’m not sure it would be worth risking a panic attack in there. So far there have been no announcements if there even is a VR headset for the PS5.

 

Combat

Capcom has announced that this Resident Evil will focus a bit more on the action than the previous game. The trailer showed off this change from full-on horror to action horror. We can see Ethan facing off in a much faster-paced situation, keeping his gun at the ready. It is unclear how much more different the combat will be when compared to Resident Evil 7 though. Hopefully, it will be faster-paced than the usual slow-walking through dark hallways avoiding jumpscares.

 

The Game Still Uses The RE Engine

Resident Evil Village will still be running on the very impressive RE Engine. Which has been used for Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2 and 3‘s remakes, as well as Devil May Cry 5. Keeping the RE engine for the next generation of consoles means that the game will still be as gory as ever if not more so. The RE engine can be used to its fullest potential now with the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles coming out. I can’t wait to see the enemies up close as well as get a gander at the much larger environment we’re put in. A far larger space than Resident Evil 7‘s claustrophobic Lousiana house.

The RE engine hasn’t received as much praise as it honestly should. So I’m excited to see how well it’s going to perform with Resident Evil Village.

 

Keep An Eye Out For The Mummified Baby

According to Capcom, this symbolic effigy shows so much that the developer “debated whether or not to actually put it in the trailer”. However, they needn’t have worried because I have zero clues as to what this thing is supposed to be. Sticks, bird wings, and some sort of baby? The creature in the middle isn’t a clear match for anything in the Resident Evil universe. But it does kinda resemble a G-Embryo. However, that would link things to the G-Virus that made William Birkin in Resident Evil 2 (big eye in the shoulder, one massive smashy arm) and nothing like that appears in the trailer. Yet.  

 

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