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Resident Evil Fans and Tall Vampire Lady Enthusiasts Begin the Countdown to Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village, the eighth main entry in the Resident Evil franchise, is nearing its release date and in anticipation of this (along with celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series), developer Capcom offered a taste of what is to come through a recent showcase on April 15th. Fans were treated to previously unseen gameplay footage, news, and a timed chance to explore the world of Resident Evil Village. So, Capcom… what’re ya sellin’?

A new trailer that pulls fans deeper into the mysteries of the village

There is a vast, underground factory that long-time fans of the series can easily suspect as being responsible for dastardly acts, and a man-made lake where suspected terrors lurk beneath the surface. The mysterious man shown in the January Resident Evil showcase is finally given a name, Heisenberg, but his role in Ethan Winters’ quest to find his daughter remains unknown. Also featured is series veteran Chris Redfield (significantly altered from his last appearance, in Resident Evil 7), with motives equally as unclear.

The Mercenaries is baaaaaaack!

Nine years after its last appearance in Resident Evil 6, ‘The Mercenaries’ minigame makes its much-requested return in Resident Evil Village. Originally introduced in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, this mode has been a long-running fan favourite, with its popularity even prompting a spin-off title, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D on the Nintendo 3DS. Despite differences across the various titles, the gist of this mode is simple: kill enemies in a variety of bloody, explosive ways before your time runs out, and rack up an impressive number of points. Accessible after completion of the main campaign, players must complete increasingly challenging objectives before their time is up with a variety of weapons and upgrades available through The Duke merchant who appears in Resident Evil Village. These upgrades provide a strategic element to the gameplay, as players can choose a loadout that best represents their playstyle.

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Step into poor Ethan’s shoes for a limited time only

Shortly after the showcase, Capcom allowed PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users to take brief, tentative steps into the action-packed horror of Resident Evil Village through two early access opportunities ahead of the planned multiplatform demo. Available within an 8-hour window only, players were granted 30 minutes to explore two areas of the game: the village, on April 17, and the castle, on April 24. For players craving a bigger taste of the survival horror, a final, 60-minute demo will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam and Stadia. Originally slated to be available for 24 hours only, fan criticism encouraged Capcom to extend the window by a full week, with the changes announced on the game’s official Twitter account:

 

 

Celebrating 25 years of itchy, tasty

It has been 25 years since fans took their first steps into the Spencer Mansion and were introduced to now-infamous dining rooms, Jill sandwiches and a master of unlocking, and festivities continued with new announcements. Popular entry Resident Evil 4 will be finding yet another new home later this year on the Oculus Quest 2, the next generation of all-in-one VR. Fans of both Resident Evil and Dead by Daylight can also rejoice as Capcom have collaborated with Behaviour Interactive to bring fans a long-awaited chapter to the popular asymmetrical horror game, with a full reveal scheduled for May 25. Lastly, in other media, a new trailer for Netflix’s animated series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness was unveiled and is due to launch in July 2021.

Resident Evil Village is due for release on May 7 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam and Stadia. It is eligible for a free upgrade from PlayStation 4 to the digital PlayStation 5 version and will support Smart Delivery for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. The free multiplayer experience Resident Evil Re:Verse will also be accessible to those who purchase Resident Evil Village.

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