During an info-packed showcase from developer Capcom, the next installment of Resident Evil took centerstage. As revealed by producer Pete Fabiano, Resident Evil Village (RE Village) will release on May 7, 2021 for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. Also important to note is the next-gen upgrade path. Capcom states there will be a free upgrade from the PS4 to PS5 digital version. For the Xbox one to Xbox series, the upgrade will be supported through Smart Delivery. Check out this Resident Evil Village Gameplay in the video below.
This is the first proper showing of RE Village since the dev presentation at TGS 2020 and shows exclusive gameplay. Taking place years after Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (RE7), the footage shows the return of Ethan Winters from RE7 once again venturing into a hellish timeline he once escaped. Now fueled with searching for his daughter, Ethan finds himself in a gothic styled castle greeted by a trio of vampire sisters and their larger than life vampire mother, Lady Dimitrescu.
RE Village continues the first-person perspective from RE7, with a great attention to detail of the surrounding gothic stylized world. Fabiano specifics saying, “We think it [first-player perspective] really draws players into the detailed world we’ve created.”
In addition to the first person perspective, combat was also showcased. Aided by the first-person perspective, combat is “not just about shooting” as highlighted by Fabiano. Combat is just about guarding as it is shooting. Blocking physical advances and pushing enemies to give space between attacks seems critical to successful combat.
Other gameplay inclusions are:
- Environment interactions (as showcased by the red exploding barrels)
- Weapon variation
- Return of the merchant (named “The Duke”, he serves as your vendor during your time in RE Village. The player can buy and sell items, weapons, etc.)
- Extra objectives and surprises.
RE Village was not the only thing announced during the showcase today. Capcom showed off RE:Verse Resident Evil, a free multiplayer addition if players purchase RE Village. In addition, Ubisoft Massive will have iconic outfits and items from the original RE trilogy for a limited time in The Division 2. And lastly, the Netflix movie, Resident Evil Infinite Darkness, will be arriving sometime this year. All of these announcements are tied to the 25th anniversary of Resident Evil.
The 25th year of Resident Evil looks to be a busy one for Capcom. If you can’t wait for May 7th, there is a demo of RE Village titled, The Maiden, available now for PS5 owners. Resident Evil fans on other platforms will have to wait for a playable demo in the spring prior to release.
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