During yesterday’s Resident Evil: Showcase, Capcom revealed a lot of information about Resident Evil: Village and more. All revelations at a glance.
Capcom released some new information and gameplay for the upcoming Resident Evil Village yesterday at 11 p.m. German time. As part of a showcase reserved for the series, not only news about the next offshoot, but also other announcements were promised.
In addition to a new trailer, Resident Evil Village was shown in the form of gameplay. The castle in the center plays a central role in the plot and is atmospherically reminiscent of the mansion of the first part. It has long been suspected that part 8 combines elements from the predecessor and Resident Evil 4. In addition to the village, this includes the return of a trader and the use of inventory. You will also be able to craft items such as ammunition and the like in Village for the first time. The combat system has been expanded a bit. Ethan can now block attacks too.
Finally, the release date of the title was finally announced. The new horror adventure will be released worldwide on May 7th. And not only for the next-gen consoles, but also for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Capcom hinted at this in the past after Village was first announced only for the new PlayStation during the PS5 event last summer.
If you buy the PS4 version, you can upgrade to the PS5 version for free, just like with the Xbox consoles. In addition, various digital and physical special editions with some goodies were announced. Since Resident Evil Village builds on Part 7, Capcom is also releasing a bundle with both games.
PS5 owners will have exclusive access to a demo called “Maiden”, which will not be an extraction from the main game. You can download it now. You cannot fight in the demo, instead it is simply a question of escaping the dungeons of the castle. Maiden follows a similar approach to Beginning Hour for Resident Evil 7. Other platforms will also receive a demo, but a completely different one and not until the spring.
The showcase for the 25th anniversary of the series wasn’t just about Resident Evil Village. In addition to insights into the new animated film Infinite Darkness, which will be released on Netflix, Capcom announced RE: Verse. Village buyers get this death match shooter for free. Apparently you can pretty much slip into the skin of any character in the Resident Evil universe. Also in those of Jack Baker or Nemesis. The title will be released with the main game on May 7th.
Many fans in the comments were disappointed with this revelation. Not only that Capcom had rarely hit a nerve with shooters in the Resi universe in the recent past and RE: Verse apparently seems to appeal to the Fortnite target group with its cel-shaded look. Rather, most were hoping for a Classic Collection with the first parts of the series for current platforms as a worthy celebration of the 25th anniversary. Part of the culprit for these expectations was not least Capcom itself, which used gifs from old games via its social media channels to arouse interest in yesterday’s showcase.