After many weeks of rumors and speculation we finally got the first peak of Capcom’s next installment of the iconic Resident Evil franchise with Resident Evil 8 otherwise titled Resident Evil Village.(The VILL in Village is highlighted with the roman numeral for 8)
Announced during Playstations big PS5 reveal event, we got to see the ongoing fate of Ethan Winters and Chris Redfield.
According to the press release:
SAN FRANCISCO – June 11, 2020 – Today on PlayStation’s Future of Gaming digital event, Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, announced Resident Evil™ Village, the eighth entry in the best-selling Resident Evil™ series. The all-new title is currently in development using Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine, which was used to create vivid gameplay experiences in hit titles such as Resident Evil™ 7 biohazard, Resident Evil™ 2, Resident Evil™ 3, and Devil May Cry™ 5. RE Engine paired with next generation console technology will elevate the survival horror experience in Resident Evil Village to new heights, as the title will showcase the most realistic and terrifying graphics to date. Resident Evil Village is scheduled for a 2021 release on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X and Steam.
In the debut cinematic trailer released today, Capcom revealed a glimpse of the evocative new setting and storyline of Resident Evil Village. Set a few years after the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the all-new storyline begins with Ethan and his wife Mia living peacefully in a new location, free from their past nightmares. Just as they are building their new life together, tragedy befalls them once again. Chris Redfield, the legendary hero from the Resident Evil™ series who made a brief appearance in Resident Evil 7 biohazard, is reacquainted with the couple and horribly disrupts their life, leaving Ethan devastated and thrown into an entirely new nightmare.
The first-person action in Resident Evil Village begins when players assume the role of a distraught and shattered Ethan as he seeks to uncover the mysterious new horrors that plague a once peaceful village. Throughout this terrifying journey, players will fight for every breath as they are hunted by vicious new enemies that have infested the snow-capped locale. Channeling the capabilities of next generation consoles, the detailed realism and relentless feeling of fear will increase with each desperate battle for survival, while moments of calm will leave players wondering what new horrors await.
Rumors about the game have stated that this will be the darkest Resident Evil title to date and after the trailer I am hard pressed to believe them. The last time we saw Ethan and Chris was in Resident Evil 7 released back in 2017.
Reisdent Evil Village is set for a (tentative)2021 release date on Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC.