Resident Evil Village, like Resident Evil 7 before it, looks to be taking Capcom’s iconic survival franchise in an even bolder new direction. The eighth installment in the core franchise plants you in a gothic winter town. So you can expect to see werewolves, vampires, zombies, and what seems to be a shockingly villainous turn for one of Resident Evil’s most beloved characters.
The game is set to debut on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and even the now-ageing PS4 and Xbox One consoles. It also looks to be one of the most ambitious entries in one of gaming’s most-storied franchises. So here’s everything we know so far about Resident Evil Village, including the game’s release date, trailers, cast, and possible plot points.
Resident Evil Village release date
Resident Evil 8 was announced last June, and while more information was initially supposed to arrive last August we didn’t hear anything new until January 2021. But the good news is that the release date is confirmed for May 7, on all platforms. That includes PS5, PS4, PC, box One, and Xbox Series X/S.
If you can’t wait that long, then PS5 owners can already download a free demo called “The Maiden”. That’ll hit other platforms this Spring, and a second demo is also expected to arrive around the same time. Details on that are still pretty scarce, however.
Resident Evil Village trailer
The debut Resident Evil Village trailer has a whole lot going on in it, revealing the return of Ethan Winters, a creepy new gothic village, vampires, werewolves and a shocking turn for Chris Redfield. Check it out below:
A second trailer was also released during the hour-long Resident Evil showcase in January. It features spooky flashbacks, a scarecrow, underground zombies, and plenty more of the internet’s new favorite vampire, Lady Dimitrescu
Is Resident Evil Village coming to PS4?
Yes. While Resident Evil Village was initially slated for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC, it’s been confirmed that it will also be arriving on PS4 and Xbox One on May 7.
Resident Evil Village cast
According to the game’s official synopsis, we already know that Resident Evil 7 protagonist Ethan Winters (Todd Soley), his wife Mia (Katie O’Hagan), and longtime RE mainstay Chris Redfield (David Vaughn) are all returning for Village. The game’s debut trailer teases many new characters we don’t know much about yet, but some recent leaks and rumors give us an idea of what to expect.
Citing people who have allegedly played a special playtest for Village, Biohazard Declassified reports that the witch-like woman we see in the trailer is named Olga, and features in one of the game’s boss fights. The trailer also shows many new villagers that will likely play a key role in the story, so we should know more about them soon.
Finally the internet has become enamoured with Lady Dimitrescu, matriarch of Castle Dimitrescu who also happens to be 9’6″ and a vampire. She’s the main antagonist in The Maiden demo, and is set to feature in the final game.
Resident Evil Village story
Spoilers for Resident Evil 7 follow.
Village is set several years after Resident Evil 7. That game saw Ethan Winters and his wife Mia escape a monster-infested Louisiana home after being tormented by the Baker family, who themselves were under the control of the deadly bioweapon named Eveline. Despite finding a peaceful life in a new town, things are suddenly thrust into chaos when longtime protagonist Chris Redfield shows up and forces Ethan into a “new and twisted nightmare in search of answers.”
Despite being the one who rescued Ethan at the end of Resident Evil 7, Chris is seen shooting Mia in the Village trailer. There’s very likely more to this scene than meets the eye, but it appears that Capcom is teasing some kind of villainous turn for one of the series’ most enduring stars. Resident Evil 7 revealed that Chris has been working for a newly reformed Umbrella Corporation, and it’s possible that his new role could be more sinister than it seemed on the surface.
Resident Evil Village gameplay
Resident Evil Village will see a return to the first-person gameplay that was first introduced in Resident Evil 7. If it’s anything like the previous core installment in the series, Village will likely contain a healthy mix of combat, exploration and puzzle solving.
The trailer teases some interesting new enemy types, including what look like werewolves and vampires. We also see a giant enemy leap towards the player with an axe, reminiscent of the executioner in Resident Evil 5. The game’s inventory screen looks like a hybrid of the recent Resident Evil releases and the more expansive arsenal of Resident Evil 7, with a myriad of blocks you can use to organize your weapons, ammo and healing items with.
According to the alleged playtest info reported on by Biohazard Declassified, some enemies in the game carry weapons such as swords and spears, and some will grab and bite like they do in this year’s Resident Evil 3 remake. Weapons may include a handgun (like the one we see in the trailer), a shotgun and a knife.
Will Resident Evil Village have VR?
One of Resident Evil 7’s standout features was PlayStation VR support on PS4, which made the immersive first-person horror that much more terrifying. There’s no word yet on whether Village will also have VR support. We do know that the PS5 will support the existing VR headset, on top of the myriad of VR headset options for folks playing on PC.