Sony revealed the PlayStation 5 console at The Future Of Gaming event on June 11. Alongside the next-gen console, we also got a first look at two dozens of next-gen games. Each game was unique from the other in its own manner, but some games simply stood out from the rest. Resident Evil 8, or as the developers like to call it, Resident Evil Village was one of those games.
The event dropped the announcement trailer for the upcoming game in the Resident Evil series. Although the trailer is brief, it consolidated certain aspects of the survival horror game, and fans are hyped up. The trailer revealed the snowy setting of the titular village and also displayed an intimidating werewolf roaring.
Overall, the trailer established a supernatural vibe about the upcoming game. Apart from that, Capcom has provided a first look into the game’s development by sharing an exclusive message video from the team.
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In the video published on Resident Evil’s YouTube channel, producers Tsuyoshi Kanda and Peter Fabiano, talk about specific details from the development of the survival horror. The producers explained the team’s decision not to call the game ‘Resident Evil 8’. Despite the Roman numerals for ‘8’ appearing in the logo for Village, they still preferred to name it Resident Evil Village.
Although Sony revealed the game at their PS5 event, the game will also release on Xbox Series X and Steam (for PC). Moreover, just like Resident Evil 7 and several other titles within the series, Village was developed using the RE Engine.
“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,” Peter Fabiano said. “With the combined power of next-gen and RE Engine, we can take our developers’ visions into new heights,” Tsuyoshi Kanda added.
While the genre is survival horror, the studio is focusing more on the action this time. Moreover, the game will not implement any load times. “Realistic graphics and immersive audio coupled with no load times will really draw you into the world we’ve created for Resident Evil Village.”
The producers went on to establish a few details from the plot. They confirmed that the game takes place some years after the events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Once again, Ethan Winters features as the protagonist, who has returned to ordinary life in the titular village. Another hugely familiar character, a decorated hero, Chris Redfield, also returns.
However, the latter is the reason why Ethan’s life gets turned upside down in 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.
The titular village itself plays a crucial role and provides a setting, as well as a backdrop, for the game. Additionally, the game utilizes the first-person perspective effectively to give the players a similar feeling of the tension and fear the protagonist experiences.
The producers then showcased some footage of the game running smoothly on the RE Engine. They also shared a glimpse of the inventory system and revealed another key art from the game, before signing off.
For now, only limited details are available. However, the producers conveyed that they aim to share more insight, later in the summer. Till then, you can count on us to keep you posted. Resident Evil Village will release in 2021.