During the Resident Evil Showcase digital stream, Capcom announced the release date for the eighth Resident Evil game. Resident Evil Village will launch May 7 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Steam PC.
Village picks up where Biohazard (Resident Evil 7) left off, continuing the adventures of Ethan Winters. Ethan will have to battle several diverse enemies and threats, including Lady Dimitrescu’s transforming daughters. Ethan is armed with a new, er, kick move that can push enemies away. Take that, evil insect-swarming vampire ladies!
The showcase also revealed expanded gameplay with crafting and inventory. Ethan will be able to purchase and sell items, craft weapons using recipes, and customize weapons with materials found during his excursions.
PlayStation 5 owners will be able to play a stand-alone demo where they play as a character called the Maiden, with no way to fight or defend themselves. The demo is available exclusively on PS5, but is coming to other platforms later this spring.
Resident Evil Village will also include the multiplayer spin-off, Resident Evil Re:Verse. Re:Verse pits popular Resident Evil characters against each other in a series of four to six-player deathmatch battles. Each character has their own skillset, and when defeated, respawns as a bioweapon to get their revenge.
Pre-orders for Village are available for the Standard, Deluxe, and Collector’s Edition. The Deluxe Edition includes a Trauma Pack of digital goodies, while the physical-only Collector’s Edition features a Chris Redfield Statue, art book, and cloth map of the village. Resident Evil Village is rated M for Mature.