During the Sony Playstation 5 Event back on June 11th, 2020, a bundle of exciting new projects were announced that promised to be “the future of gaming.” Not only did we see the PS5 hardware itself, but fans were excited to see Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West on the roster for 2021. Among the craze was a 3-minute teaser announcement for a much anticipated Resident Evil update, in the form of Resident Evil: Village. Continuing on the RE Engine, (Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, and Devil May Cry 5) developers promise a “fresh take on survival horror.” Combining elements from it’s most recent installments, we can only imagine what Village might throw at us.
So Where Exactly Are We?
Well, one would assume we’ll be traversing through a village at some point, but other than that, we’ve got only a few clues as to what we’ll be diving into. From the trailer, we get glimpses of a snowy and gothic town full of villagers and mysterious groups of monsters and people alike. Among the snow and run-down buildings stands a glittery Victorian manor that sends us straight back to the Spencer Mansion of the original Resident Evil. There is a stark contrast between the overall atmosphere of the village versus the manor, hinting that something so bright and lavish doesn’t fit into the rest of the scenery. It’s safe to say that it’ll be an important spot.
One thing to keep in mind is Resident Evil: Village is indeed the 8th installment of the series, but it’s not called RE8. Instead, the title focuses on the setting of these twisted horrors, bringing attention to the village itself, creating a character out of the environment. (You can still see the highlighted roman numerals in the title, just like in the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard logo).
Characters Old and New
Capcom Producers Tsuyoshi Kanda and Peter Fabiano explained in the Special Developer Message also released, that Village is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Set a few years after the ending events, we get a glimpse of Ethan and Mia Winters trying to settle down after surviving Eveline and the Baker Family. This confirms that the canon ending of Resident Evil 7 is the one where you chose to cure Mia instead of Zoe. However, things don’t stay good for long. A character from their past comes to disrupt what little peace they’ve found. This “disrupt” comes in the form of a drastically different Chris Redfield.
Yes, you read that right. Shown in the reveal trailer, Chris Redfield shows up and does something to throw the Winters’ life into chaos. Standing menacingly over Ethan, Chris apologies and proceeds to shoot a woman lying on the floor. We’re not sure what has sparked a change in Chris’ attitude, or why Ethan and Mia are suddenly in his crosshairs, but it’s safe to say that they’re not exactly friendly at the moment. On the other hand, Redfield looks strikingly more brooding and buff than his model at the end of Biohazard and in his DLC Not A Hero. With his cold and sinister demeanor, he could very well be a semi-antagonist for this next venture.
As for the newer faces in the trailer, there are quite a few characters that seem to belong in this environment extremely well. From an older man accompanying Ethan to a mysterious woman and a baby, there are quite a few unfamiliar faces. On the creepier side, there is a shot of a group of Victorian vampire-esque women holed up in the manor. It even seems as though one might be biting and/or draining blood out of Ethan. As of right now, it’s unclear what these characters have to do with the larger story, or how they will end up interacting with Ethan or Chris. One popular fan theory centers around the sunglass-wearing long-haired character. Many have pointed out that the mystery man could be the infamous Luis Sera from Resident Evil 4. There isn’t any proof of the speculation, but that isn’t stopping the theories from flooding in.
Plot Lines, Enemies, and Gameplay
We mentioned above that the underlying theme seems to focus on whatever disrupts the Winters’ life, and the aftermath of Chris Redfield showing up. There is the ominous village, the people who live inside it, and the mansion looming over it all. This being the first teaser trailer for the game, we expect to see much more in the future.
Many symbols are sprinkled throughout the trailer that the producers want us to pay close attention to. A large shrine/wreath of twigs seems to be the most revealing part of the trailer. A fetus/organism of some kind surrounded by feathers and sticks is what Capcom wants our attention to be devoted to. Along with that, there seems to be a scattering of Umbrella logos and mysterious symbols.
While we talked about Chris Redfield being a semi-antagonist, it’s safe to say that there will be monstrous entities roaming around (if that growling werewolf shot is anything to go by.) The village seems to have mysteries in every corner. From half human-half wolf creatures to Victorian vampires and an elderly shaman-esque woman, there are a lot of peculiar possible enemies.
Resident Evil: Village is scheduled for a 2021 release on next-gen hardware (Playstation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.) We will hear more from the producers next month, August 2020, hopefully in the form of a few announcements or reveals. We’ll keep you updated!