Resident Evil Village Release Date: Everything You Need to Know
Between a new Monster Hunter title and the latest Resident Evil game, Capcom set itself up for success this year. Monster Hunter Rise launched successfully to the enjoyment of fans around the world but now all eyes converge on the next big thing. Resident Evil has been around for way longer than Monster Hunter and now it’s about to receive its eighth mainline entry. We are weeks away from Resident Evil Village, or Resident Evil 8, and Capcom just treated its fans to an exciting update. Here’s everything you need to know for the upcoming Resident Evil Village release.
RESIDENT EVIL VIII
The upcoming Resident Evil game continues the longstanding zombie survival franchise. Fortunately for horror fans, RE Village follows through on Resident Evil 7’s decision to take the franchise back to its horror roots. The 5th and 6th main entries in the series proved to be exciting pit stops but the RE ship is finally back on track.
Players returning to the franchise from RE 7 can expect more of the same creepy atmosphere. Capcom obviously respected the fans’ wishes for the games to return to the initial scary roots that made the original games so successful. If the brief glimpses into Village are to be any indication, players everywhere are in store for another amazing RE experience.
VILLAGE OR VIII?
The new game might cause a little confusion but the game logo helps clear up the potential misunderstandings. The game is technically Resident Evil 8 because of its position in the mainline of the franchise. However, Capcom insists that the game is titled Resident Evil Village. The appearance of the roman numeral for 8 in the title serves as a typographic reminder.
STEP INTO THE VILLAGE
The developers behind Village prepared a special day for its future players. Everyone gets up to 60 minutes of hands-on experience in the titular village on all available platforms. If you’re one of the lucky players with more than one gaming device you can try out parts of the upcoming game to your heart’s content. The demo encompasses two of the major areas of the upcoming game, the Castle and the Village. Players can choose to spend all 60 minutes in one area or disperse their time as they see fit. The official demo takes place between May 1-2, 2021 across various regions.
- North America: May 1, 5 pm – May 2, 5 pm PDT
- Europe: May 2, 2 am – May 3, 2 am CEST
- Asia: May 2, 8am – May 3, 8 am HKT
Additionally, PlayStation 4 & 5 owners get an extra bit of time on the game. The special early access demo grants 30 minutes in the village and an additional 30 minutes in the castle. The village portion of the early access demo takes place during a limited eight-hour window on 17-18. Subsequently, PlayStation players get to scour the castle on April 24-25.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE VILLAGE
Players evidently get to experience another horrific Resident Evil game playing as RE 7’s protagonist, Ethan. This marks the first instance of a protagonist headlining two consecutive main games in the series. He comes in second if you count Chris Redfield’s involvement in Resident Evil 5 and 6. Although to be fair, Resident Evil 6 had numerous protagonists.
Ethan’s return in Resident Evil Village helps continue the amazing tone set by the 7th game in the series. The recent story trailer for Resident Evil Village shows that Chris Redfield has a bigger role in the game’s plot.
Speculations about Chris’ involvement in the plot of Resident Evil Village make him out to be a villain. This marks the first instance of a Resident Evil protagonist being turned into a villain following Jill Valentine. Naturally, Capcom has no intention of tipping the scales before anyone has a chance to actually play the game.
Everyone gets the chance to unravel the mysteries of Ethan, Chris Redfield, and Lady Dimitrescu once the game officially launches next month.
GETTING RE VILLAGE AS FAST AS YOU CAN
In the recent special RE Village showcase, the game’s producer Tsuyoshi Kanda shed a little light on the motivations behind the development of the next big Resident Evil Game.
“Resident Evil Village has been created with the concept of a beautiful yet terrifying village in mind and we have poured our passion into creating this experience for our fans.”
Undoubtedly, Capcom crafted the upcoming game with the player at the forefront of their minds. Hopefully, the game lives up to the expectations generated by the amazing sneak peeks Capcom granted its players. Resident Evil Village officially launches on May 7. Players can get the RE Village experience on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Steam, and Google Stadia.