Resident Evil 8 Village will be the next instalment in the historic franchise, and it's planning to take some big creative risks.
We'd argue that Capcom has earned that right, however, with both Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 receiving excellent remakes in recent years.
Here's everything we know about the next-gen survival horror title.
Livestream Next Week – January 14
Capcom has confirmed that a new Resident Evil showcase will show off first-ever gameplay from Village next week.
Tune in at 2 pm Pacific (10 PM, UK) on January 21.
Don’t miss the #REShowcase on January 21st at 2:00 PM Pacific! Join Resident Evil producers and our host, Brittney Brombacher (@BlondeNerd), on a guided tour of Resident Evil Village, including a new trailer, first-ever gameplay, and more Resident Evil news! pic.twitter.com/aaZGPfE9cA— Resident Evil (@RE_Games) January 14, 2021
What Is It?
Resident Evil has primarily been about zombies and the shadowy Umbrella Corporation, but Resident Evil 7 sidestepped that narrative for the most part – and Resident Evil: Village will do the same.
Looking to return to the first-person view, it'll feature werewolves and all sorts of other ghouls - a big departure.
Fabled horror game leaker Dusk Golem has already reported that the game will be very different from what the franchise has seen so far, with their info stating hallucinations, occultism, and insanity could be a big part of how the game plays.
The game is expected to launch in 2021, although we don't yet have a clearer timeframe than that.
A recent leak suggested that the game will launch in late April, but we are yet to receive official confirmation.
Unleash the beast! (Source: Capcom)
With the game being announced at the PlayStation 5 reveal event, we know it'll come to Sony's system at the very least.
We'd expect to see it on Xbox Series X, too, so you can scare your new consoles silly.
On top of this, Capcom has confirmed they are looking into releasing the game on the past generation of consoles as well.
This would mean the game would also be released onto PS4 and Xbox One.
As for next-gen features, a recent update to the game's PlayStation Store page has promised plenty of enhancements for the PS5 version.
The game will support 4K with HDR and ray-tracing on Sony's new machine, as well as 3D audio and haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
It'll also allow players to "instantly pick up" a previous game session "with almost no load times".
Trailer and Gameplay
Collector's Edition and Pre-Order Bonuses
Expect something gruesome to be included, alongside the usual costume packs.
In recent years, Capcom has readily embraced demos. Both Resi 2 and 3's remakes have one (albeit the former had a time limit), and Resident Evil 7 offered two teasers.
With the rumours of an entirely fresh direction, we fully expect Capcom to want to get fans on board as early as possible – what better way to do that than by putting the game in players' hands?
A large Capcom leak suggested a demo will come before launch, with PS5 players expected to get access to it early.
While Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2 Remake were single-player only affairs, it sounds as though Resident Evil Village will ship with a multiplayer title known as Dominion (in a way similar to Resident Evil 3 Remake's Resistance).
We don't know what it could be yet, but we'll update this page when we hear more.