Capcom's Resident Evil franchise shows no signs of slowing down, with the Resident Evil 3 remake landing in April 2020. This series has sold over 100 million copies so far and the next entry is looking to escalate that number.
Resident Evil Village is a strange game based on what we've seen so far, abandoning past franchise mainstays and taking our cast to a mysterious snowy village. Despite all the cryptic teases, there's a lot to go through. Here's everything we know about Resident Evil Village.
What is Resident Evil Village?
Resident Evil Village trailers
So far, Capcom has shared two trailers. The first is the reveal trailer from Sony's June 2020 PS5 showcase:
The second was shared at a later showcase, with new glimpses of what is lurking in wait.
Capcom shared a third trailer in January 2021:
Resident Evil Village story, features and gameplay
Resident Evil Village follows up on the story in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The game sees protagonist Ethan Winters attempting to settle and lead a quiet life with his wife Mia. Series icon Chris Redfield shows up one day and throws Ethan's life into confusion, leading these two to a mysterious snowy village in Europe.
Werewolves, vampiric witches and Krampus-like goatmen are just some of the terrors glimpsed in screenshots and trailers so far. Ethan is trying to rescue his infant daughter from Lady Dimitrescu — also known as Tall Vampire Lady — and her daughters, who can transform into swarms of insects.
Like its predecessor, Resident Evil Village utilizes a first-person perspective and is built using the RE Engine that has powered Resident Evil 7: Biohazard as well as the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. If the consistent quality continues, this could end up being one of the best PS5 games so far.
The Maiden demo, which has you play as a different character, is available exclusively on PS5 right now. Our senior editor Carli Velocci tried it and found it to be a fantastic (if short) (/resident-evil-village-maiden-demo-impressions).
Is Resident Evil Village coming to PS4?
Resident Evil Village was initially only confirmed for current-generation machines, including the PS5. This allows the developers to take full advantage of the new hardware such as the ultra-fast SSDs. After stating in 2020 that the team was looking into options for last-generation owners, Capcom revealed at the January 2021 Resident Evil showcase that the game was coming to PS4 and Xbox One, in addition to the previously revealed platforms.
If you buy Resident Evil Village on PS4, you'll be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free.
Does Resident Evil Village support PSVR?
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard supported PSVR, allowing players to experience the entire game in terrifying virtual reality. Right now, Capcom has not stated whether or not Resident Evil Village will have similar functionality. No PSVR option has been revealed for Resident Evil Village yet, so it's looking unlikely.
When is the Resident Evil Village release date?
Resident Evil Village is currently slated to arrive on May 7, 2021. Capcom gave this release date during the January 21 Resident Evil showcase.
The next chapter
Resident Evil Village (PS5)
From the Baker House to Castle Dimitrescu
Resident Evil Village follows Resident Evil 7 and the story of Ethan Winters, who has to enter a mysterious castle in search of his kidnapped daughter. You'll get to contend against horrific creatures, including Lady Dimitrescu and her insect daughters. If you have a PS5, you can check out the stand-alone demo Maiden right now.
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