Resident Evil 8 Village is the new part of the saga. The first next-gen game of the license, it will take us to the mountains of Transylvania, to a village as isolated as it is cursed. Release date, gameplay, story… We take stock of all the essential information.
Latest news on Resident Evil 8
Capcom is very active lately with regard to its license resident Evil. After releasing the very good ones Resident Evil 2 Remake and Resident Evil 3 Remake, the publisher is actively working on a new component with a Resident Evil 8 Village. As the name suggests, this is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7 and it will take many elements from it, starting with the first person view. Capcom has already delivered a lot of info on the game. In this little file, we will take the tour everything there is to know.
What is the release date of Resident Evil 8?
Resident Evil 8 Village will be released on May 7, 2021. Capcom announced it at an online event held on January 21. A release window that is starting to get a bit crowded, as PS5 exclusive The Returnal will be released on April 30 while Total War Rome Remastered will arrive on April 29.
Note that originally, Capcom developed this episode as a Resident Evil Revelations 3. But in view of the quality of the latter, the studio decided to “promote” it in a numbered episode and rework it so that it follows the 7.
What platforms will the game be available on?
Resident Evil 8 Village will be released on new consoles, namely the PS5 and the Xbox Series X / S, but also on older generation consoles (PS4 and Xbox One). If you opt for the “old-gen” version, you will be able to recover the PS5 and Xbox Series game at no additional cost. If you are more in the camp PC Master Race, don’t worry, the game is also planned on PC.
Finally, you can also play Resident Evil Village on Stadia. If you buy the game before May 21, Google will give you a Stadia Premiere kit with a Chromecast Ultra and a controller. For its part, the Xbox Game Pass will not offer the game in its catalog for at least a year. Sony has in fact signed a contract with Capcom to ensure temporary exclusivity on the title.
Regarding the PS5 version, the official Playstation site recently unveiled several information about it. Thus, the manufacturer promises a 4K resolution, RayTracing support and almost nonexistent loading times thanks to the SSD. The adaptive triggers and haptic feedback of the DualSense will also be used, for more immersion. Finally, the title promises a sound atmosphere with small onions thanks to Tempest 3D Audio technology.
Note that the game will not take up all the space on your SSD. Indeed, on PS5, the title will weigh only 27 GB while it will be 35 GB on Xbox Series. This size does not count the presence of the inevitable Day-One patch (usually a few GB, no more) or the included multiplayer mode, called RE: Verse. By installing it, the total size of the software will be 50 GB on both machines.
The PS4 and PS4 Pro version is still not put aside. The Youtube channel ElAnalistaDebits analyzed the performance on these platforms in a video. Obviously, the PS5 version is superior, but the console “standby” is still very convincing in terms of visual and framerate.
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What is the story of Resident Evil Village?
The official name of Resident Evil 8 is Resident Evil Village. During a recent interview for the Japanese magazine Famitsu, the producers of the game reconsidered the choice of this title. For the teams of the game, it is necessary to see the village as a protagonist, an enemy in its own right, just like the Nemesis in Resident Evil 3 Nemesis. Given the importance of the village in the scenario, this name was essential for Capcom.
As Resident Evil 7 unfolded in the Louisiana Bayou, Village takes us to the Carpathians. Ethan Winters, the hero of 7, finds himself in an isolated Transylvanian village to recover his kidnapped daughter. Bad luck for him, zombies, vampires and other werewolves want to kill him. It’s up to us to help him accomplish his goal and then escape from this frozen hell.
We know a few things about the game itself. Chris Redfield, historical hero of the saga, will make his comeback. However, we should not count on his help, since he will be one of the antagonists of the game. A pleasant surprise. Capcom also unveiled one of the “bad guys” of the adventure. This is Lady Dimitrescu, a noble vampire who seems to be chasing Ethan. She is accompanied by her three daughters, who too should cause concern to our hero.
Other characters, like the Duke, were also featured. The map is divided into four main areas: Moreau Reservoir, Heisenberg Factory, Maison Beneviento and Chateau Dimitrescu, which players have already been able to discover in part in the playable Maiden demo on PS5.
The village obviously sits at the center of the map. As for the main antagonist, she responds to the name of Mother Miranda, a mysterious and powerful character revered by the inhabitants of the village. Perhaps it is the direct superior of Lady Dimetrescu, it will be necessary to wait for the release of the title to find out.
Thus, we abandon the gore and dirty bayou atmosphere to the “True Detective” of the seventh episode for a universe occult-oriented and mythical creatures (like vampires or werewolves). Recently, the American magazine GameInformer published new clips of Resident Evil Village on its YouTube page. The opportunity to see the famous lycanthropes in action, as well as some new weapons, such as the sniper rifle.
However, it should be noted that the Japanese version will be a little different from ours. Indeed, in the archipelago, beheadings, dismemberments and the like will be censored, unlike the international version. A common practice in video games, many titles having been reworked for certain markets in the past.
What will be the type of gameplay?
Resident Evil Village will be at first person (FPS), like Resident Evil VII: Biohazard. On the gameplay side, we will find what made the salt of the previous episode, but also welcome additions. For example, inventory management will be back, as will a traveling merchant to refuel you as needed.
According to the gameplay videos released by Capcom, Village would be more action-oriented than its predecessor. Ethan Winters seems to have taken the bottle and he would be better able to face enemies thanks to his arsenal, like his shotgun. Leak and hide and seek sequences with the monsters would also be on the program. After all, the principle remains the same: the player is prey.
According to Capcom, the village will be a semi-open world, and players will be able to navigate it without any loading times. Regarding the graphics engine, the RE Engine will always be at work, or the engine used by Capcom on RE 7 as well as the remakes. We can imagine that he took advantage of some optimizations for the occasion.
Note that once you have completed the game, you will be able to enjoy in a Mercenaries mode. It is a classic of the saga which was absent from the 7 but which is making a comeback here.
If you want to get a taste of the gameplay and own a PS5, you can download Maiden, an exclusive playable demo. This is not a piece of the final game, but a little side story to get us in the mood for the title and enjoy its gameplay.
Capcom has also opened a demo that allows players, for an hour, to discover the title and its gameplay. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for the community to figure out how to get around this time limit.
Are there more Resident Evils planned?
The Resident Evil saga started 25 years ago, but it has never been so popular! Indeed, many projects license-based have been announced. Here’s a quick tour of what’s in store for the future:
RE: Verse is a multi-player game that uses the gameplay of the remakes, but with revamped graphics. It will be up against other players in iconic environments, like the police station of RE 2. The title will be offered with Resident Evil 8, but you will not be able to enjoy it right away. In front of the very mixed returns of the beta, Capcom announced that the title would finally arrive in the course of the summer.
Capcom also presented a VR version of Resident Evil 4. It will be a version specially developed for the Oculus Quest 2 and which will allow us to dive back into the very special universe of the 2005 title.
On Netflix, two series are planned. The first is called Resident Evil Infinite Darkness and will be a CG animation series. It will be included in the canon of the saga and will feature Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, new reunited. Released in July 2021
The other project is a live action series, with real actors. Taking place in its own universe, it will take place in two different eras: during the zombie apocalypse in Racoon City… and twenty years later in a dying world. No image has yet been released.
Finally, a new film is planned for the cinema. This is not the continuation of the saga with Milla Jovovich, but a reboot in good and due form. The story will be more faithful to the games, we are promised, and should resume that of Resident Evil first name. A first poster has been unveiled and tells us that we will find all the known faces of the saga, even the characters not being in the first game. The release is scheduled for September 3, but in these troubled times, nothing is happening. is certain.
All of the above projects have been officially announced, but more surprises can be expected. For example, we know that Capcom is currently working on a Resident Evil 4 remake, in the same vein as RE 2 and RE 3 Remake. Hopefully this one will live up to it, as RE 3 has greatly disappointed fans with its lack of fidelity to the original game.