Fear surrounds you in Resident Evil Village, coming to PS5 in 2021

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Fear surrounds you in Resident Evil Village, coming to PS5 in 2021

The surprising return of Chris Redfield is just the beginning of a brand-new chapter of Resident Evil, set against a snowy backdrop.

Announced earlier today as part of the Future of Gaming digital event, I’m incredibly excited to tell you that Resident Evil Village is coming to PlayStation 5 in 2021, setting a new standard for survival horror as the eighth main entry in the storied Resident Evil franchise.

Fear is one of our greatest motivations. The traditional themes of fight or flight (and, occasionally, to freeze) when faced with danger are natural to people even as we press on into the unknown, and most of us aren’t a stranger to the looming sense of anxiety that rises from a disturbing sound or a gloomy corner.

Both the great unknown, as well as our need to explore – and be fearful of or fight for survival against what we find – is innately human. It’s what drove our ancestors to create the myths and legends we hear about to this day… perhaps because what’s really out there is significantly more terrifying and deadly than any fable.

To that end, the team behind Resident Evil Village is using its expertise with Capcom’s in-house RE Engine to bring a truly next-generation survival-horror experience to PS5. You may have caught a few bits and pieces of how the engine is being used in the enigmatic trailer that was shown during The Future of Gaming, providing ultra-realistic environments and characters that inhabit a strange, snow-capped village. We’ll let you all pick apart the trailer and speculate on the finer details of what it all means, particularly the return of a Resident Evil mainstay, but rest assured you’ll be getting a next-gen experience that only Capcom can create.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, go give it a watch – it’s time to dive into some of what you’ve seen in the trailer itself. If you don’t want to be spoiled, skip the next paragraph – we’ll get into some gameplay details afterwards.

Taking place a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7 biohazard, in which protagonist Ethan Winters traveled to Louisiana to search for his missing wife, Mia, Resident Evil Village sees the reunited Mia and Ethan living happily together and putting their shared nightmares of the Baker’s plantation house behind them.

Finally able to move on from those horrifying events, Ethan’s world suddenly comes crashing down once again when Chris Redfield, an unexpected yet familiar face makes an appearance, setting off a chain of events that sees a distraught Ethan seeking answers to Chris’s shocking actions… and ultimately finding him in a mysterious village.

Unlike the cramped corridors of the Baker mansion in Resident Evil 7, the fear of dark corners has been replaced with the anxiety of the unknown as Ethan searches for answers within decrepit buildings among snow-covered trees.

The return of a first-person perspective will bring a visceral edge to combat, as well. Each encounter is a personal fight for survival against terrifying foes, forcing you to keep a watchful eye on the environment and constantly looking for resources and enemies in unknown territory. With a greater focus on combat and exploration compared to Resident Evil 7, the village itself is just as important a character as any other, a location with a life of its own that will frequently keep you on edge as you discover its secrets.

That’s all I have to share today. Keep your eyes open for more information on Resident Evil Village in the coming months, and look forward to a truly next-generation survival horror experience with Resident Evil Village, coming to PS5 in 2021.

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  • Looked so sick! Cannot wait!

  • Resident Evil VII surprised me at E3. “Okay, I’ll be ready next time.”

    *Village pops in*
    “Looks nice a nice ga-”
    *Resident Evil VIIIage*
    “Goddammit! You won this time, but next…”

  • So the Leaks were correct, COOL i’m actually on board with this BUT **** CHRIS!

  • Man I can’t wait I hope is even more terrifying and dark

  • Yes yes yes yes

  • Sadly so disappointed from the looks of this trailer. It reminds me more of a clock tower/remothered game with all this action. I was so excited to see RE2 and 3 remakes going back to the roots and even 7 was amazing, the small action part on the boat just made sense but this RE8 trailer is just TOO much. I still hope it will be good and I will support Capcom by buying it. Still hoped for a return to survival horror and not action horror.

  • It better be a launch title with PSVR2!!!

    • I hate to say it, but I heard the psvr2 isn’t coming out at PS5 launch.

    • @Ten umm ps5 hits in 2020, this game is 2021, so he said it better be a psvr launch title. Never said anything about it having to launch on side ps5

  • Was one of the most interesting games of the show, and looks pretty nice.

    Chris has certainly become much more “cuddly”. Maybe his lost love Piers will return?

  • Might be the first Resident Evil game I play. Looks interesting and diverse.

  • hated the first person gameplay from re7 and this one looks even worse…. sorry but REmake 2 and REmake 3 third person using the RE engine its way better

  • VR support or I dont care

    • Capcom haven’t touched VR in almost 4 years, it’s unlikely to change now.

      Extra sales to the very small minority of users that own headsets is unlikely going to offset the extra development costs. A “VR2” is pretty unlikely due to sales lower than the Vita, and it would be weird to support a last gen peripheral.

    • Can’t reply to misery princess for some reason. So will reply here.

      Sony are 100% working on PSVR 2 for the PS5, and far from being a last gen peripheral they have a load of patents they are working on for inside out tracking, finger tracking and other cool stuff.

    • Unfortunately, patents don’t really mean much specifically. They filed patents for a PS2 game playing add on for the PS3 which didn’t happen. Patenting something is just “owning” the specific idea, you don’t have to do anything with it, or even develop it.

      The most likely reason why they wouldn’t make a VR2 is the less than expected sales of VR1. People who didn’t care for VR1 would be unlikely to care about VR2 either, even if it had better tracking, higher resolution and finger controllers. Investing in a market that was a predicted by some to be massive success is one thing, investing in a lukewarm market that no one honestly predicts going anywhere is another.

      RE7 was made at the time when VR’s predicted massive world changing success was still a thing. Unfortunately or not, that isn’t the case in 2020, where it’s been largely ignored not just by users but basically every big developer for several years. At this point, Sony would basically be throwing money away. But then again, they do do silly things from time to time. Also sometimes weird things no one predicted happen.

    • @miseryprincess the insiders that were spot on about all the 8 info also said it was going to be another PSVR exclusive. I trust them more is all I’m saying. No VR would be a huge L

  • Ethan can’t seem to catch a break.

  • What if someone hasn’t played any of the resident evil games? Can anybody jump straight into this game?

    • The stories of RE are usually self contained aren’t really dependent on knowing any of the others. It usually tells you in the prologue everything you need to know.

      There’s a few recurring characters and organizations, but even then, it usually comes with biographies and explains in great detail who they are (or it doesn’t really matter).

    • Ingloriuz, this is building off 7 which was a tonal and gameplay reboot/retoling of the series and also a direct sequel so I’d start there then come to 8.

  • Yes this will exited but I think gonna be on playstation or I might I like all everything on the games anything in playstation future thank you very much

  • Will also add here hope is supports the PSVR 2 when it’s out 🤞I read a rumour it was going To be first person and support vr, and the first person came to be.

  • The only game of the presentation that made me sit up straight a bit. Looks great.

  • I have to admit, the leaks had me concerned. I’m not entirely sold on the idea on werewolves in a Resident Evil Game but it does look creepy. I AM more concerned with the opening line “His story comes to a close”

    Who are you talking about? Ethan? Or Chris? Because if you are killing off Chris (or even Claire) then I’m not interested in not only the game, but also the franchise. I realize I’m probably jumping the gun a bit but this really ruined my excitement for the trailer.

  • Pathetic and disappointing capcom.With the success of the Remakes I was really hoping y’all would go back to the RE roots and this was your chance,RE8 with 3rd person view and the characters we love…just make it dark and slow-paced instead of the action mess that was RE6.Stop calling these games RE…this and RE7 ain’t RE.Oh well one less for me to spend ma money on.

    Call me when you remake Code Veronica in the RE Engine.

  • Yeeeeees! 1st person is the way to go IMO. Much more immersive and puts the player in the driver’s seat through the characters POV as opposed to the feel of controlling a robot character in 3rd person that I’m “watching” from above. 7 was awesome and this looks like an amazing follow up!

  • This looks absolutely incredible.

    Resident Evil is by far my favorite video game franchise and I could not be any more excited for this one.

    Whenever I saw the opening of the trailer I just knew it was Resident Evil and I was not disappointed!

    2021 cannot get here soon enough!

  • “Ethan, I haven’t told you everything”.
    Chris says as he enters Ethan’s bedroom in his Sailor suit

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