At long last Capcom has officially announced the next instalment of the Resident Evil horror franchise. Resident Evil 8 comes straight off the back of two huge successes for the developers in the form of the RE2 & RE3 remakes, and from what we can gather up to now, Resident Evil 8 is set to be another breath-taking addition to the franchise.
With a picture of what to expect from the game slowly starting to emerge, here’s everything we know about the upcoming release so far.
As if the intention were to confuse us, this edition of Resident Evil will have 2 names: Resident Evil 8 and Resident Evil Village. The title will be Resident Evil Village, but the ‘Vill’ portion of the word is spelled out like roman numerals. This has confused some quarters of the gaming community, but Capcom seem unconcerned. It looks like the clever play on the word village was simply too much to resist for the developers!
The release date
The only thing we know is the release date will be sometime next year. With the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes coming out in January and April respectively, fingers crossed for another early release!
Bad news for PS4 and Xbox One users… you’ll have to upgrade your console if you want to play Resident Evil 8 as the game will only be released on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC.
Resident Evil 8 is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which is a smart move on Capcom’s part considering RE7 was the company’s second-biggest title ever and the highest-selling game in the franchise’s history. Capitalising on the previous title’s success was shrewd, and fans will be delighted to know the new edition will address the cliff-hanger scene at the end of RE7 and conclude the story of Ethan and co.
The exact location of the new game is still unknown, but what we do know is it’s set in some kind of creepy village – possibly in the British countryside. Oh….and there are werewolves!
Resident Evil leaker AestheticGamer, who has been on the money on more than one occasion in the past, has offered some insight, which makes for interesting reading to say the least.
“The game is in first person, so many purists are going to hate it because it’s taking some serious departures in terms of the storyline, enemies etc. Hallucinations, Occultism, insanity and not being able to trust people are all huge thematics of the game.”
So, there you have it. We know when it’ll be released (sort of) what it’s called (kinda) and what it’s about (vaguely). As the months tick by and we approach 2021, no doubt more details will emerge, but for now we’ll just have to sit and wait patiently for what’s sure to be one of next year’s most spine-tingling titles.