Everything we know about Resident Evil 8 Village: characters, story, location, demo …
Wanting to be scared? We compile all the information available to date on Resident Evil 8 Village, the new installment in Capcom’s survival horror saga for PS5, Xbox Series X | S and PC.
Yesterday it was announced by surprise that on January 21 the first Resident Evil Showcase will be broadcast, a Nintendo Direct-style presentation where we will know the latest news about Capcom’s survival horror saga. Of course the main protagonist will be Resident Evil Village, the new and long-awaited eighth installment, but news related to the Biohazard 25th anniversary, which is celebrated this year (from the official page they are offering the possibility of registering to participate in the closed beta of a game for PS4 and Xbox One … Will it be a new multiplayer title?).
And in Hobby Consolas we have thought that it was time to talk about Resident Evil 8 Village in conditions, reviewing all the information available to date on history, characters, location and other juicy details that make the wheel of expectation never stop turn. This is everything we know (for now) about Resident Evil 8 Village.
And we start, of course, with the basics: the story of Resident Evil Village takes place several years after the events of Resident Evil VII Biohazard. After surviving the Baker family’s nightmare, Ethan and Mia Winters go to live in a rural region in the mountains. But when they believe they have left the past behind and managed to find peace, Chris Redfield shows up and turns Ethan’s life upside down, forcing this makeshift hero to embark on a new nightmare journey.
That’s roughly the official synopsis for Resident Evil 8, but the trailers that Capcom has unveiled to date shed a bit more information. Undoubtedly one of the key aspects is the role of Chris, who until now had been together with Leon the quintessential hero of the RE saga: in the trailers he is painted as a villain, shooting Mia in cold blood at Ethan’s stunned gaze. We suppose that discovering the reasons that lead him to do it will be one of the most important pieces of the puzzle, but something tells us that not everything is what it seems …
Another aspect to note, also taken from the trailers, is that “his story comes to an end”, referring to Ethan. So whether we like it or not It looks like Resident Evil 8 will be the conclusion of Ethan’s story. Maybe Capcom wants to re-emphasize traditional heroes?
As soon as you have followed the last games, you will have realized that The Resident Evil saga has been divided into two branches: on the one hand we have the traditional branch, with third-person gameplay, survival horror elements and a classic flavor, to which the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes belong. And on the other we have the main branch, which follows the numbering and the story continues, but presents a more atypical style of play, characterized mainly by taking place in the first person. This is where both Resident Evil VII and Resident Evil Village fit in (note also that in both cases the Roman numeral is integrated with the game title).
However, due to its setting, It is quite clear that Resident Evil 8 pursues the style of one of the most beloved installments of the entire saga: Resident Evil 4. The very name, Village (town, village), is already a very important clue. Like Leon’s adventure in rural Spain, this new installment will take us to visit an area that seems trapped in the aesthetics of 15th century Europe. Villages, mountains … and even a castle. Will we have an island at the end?
This also applies to enemies, because as Resident Evil VII did, Village will say goodbye to zombies and embrace the terror of European folklore: werewolves, witches … and who knows if even vampires. What’s more, one of the enemies seen in the trailers suspiciously remembers the Giant from Resident Evil 4 (although with a lot more hair).
And although the exact location is not confirmed, there is a very important detail that tells us that Resident Evil VIII will take place in Romania: Leu (Romanian currency) is used in the game to make purchases. It is another detail that reminds us of RE4, because there it was also bought using the local currency (pesetas, at that time). Do you want a curiosity? Leu means lion.
And as we will see next, Resident Evil Village “rescues” even more elements of the great Resident Evil 4.
The “nobody” we met in the previous installment will once again be the protagonist of Resident Evil Village. He may not be a super soldier with a lot of experience in biological warfare, but Ethan has shown a very good hand when it comes to dealing with the unknown. His personality will hit a big change in this new installment.
Mia is Ethan’s wife, and her disappearance was the trigger for the Resident EVil VII story. We won’t say much more about her in case you haven’t played (you’re already taking a long time to solve her), but she’s a very important character. Unfortunately, things are not looking too good for her in this installment.
The villain from Resident Evil Village? Chris has appeared in a large number of installments, starring (or sharing the limelight) in the first Resident Evil, Resident Evil Code: Veronica, Resident Evil 5, and Resident Evil 6, as well as a large number of additional games. The former STARS member also appeared in Resident Evil VII, starring in the Not a Hero DLC. The appearance of the Chris that we have seen in the Resident Evil VIII trailers is quite different from the Chris of Resident Evil VII (which in turn was very different from Chris from previous games). The question is: is this a redesign … or is there something else?
The new Peddler?
Although he does not have an official name, this character that appears at the end of the second Resident Evil Village trailer seems to be a vendor who powerfully reminds us of the Peddler, the iconic vendor from Resident Evil 4 who supplied us with all kinds of weapons and objects (if we had the necessary twine, of course). Will you also have an emblematic phrase to welcome us?
At the moment we do not know anything about this mysterious character with long hair and dark glasses. Posts to follow with connections with Resident Evil 4 reminds us of Luis Sera, although that would be impossible … or not?
The Resident Evil Showcase teaser gave us a brief but revealing look at a character who has the Internet terrified and the other medium begging to be stepped on. Due to her pale and elegant appearance, many have concluded that she is a vampire, although we cannot rule out that she is a witch, given the ritualistic staff that surrounds her. But one thing is clear: my gosh, it’s soaring.
Did you say something about a demo?
There is nothing confirmed, but there are several indications that Resident Evil 8 Village could have a demo before its launch this year. The first is that Capcom has asked in one of their usual surveys if we would like to see a demo of RE8. The second is the change in the main image of the game, registered at the end of 2020 on Steam, which could indicate the arrival of a demo on the platform.
Nor can we forget that Capcom is assiduous to publish demos of their games. In fact, all Resident Evil released in recent years have had demo: Resident Evil 2 Remake, Resident Evil 3 Remake and Resident Evil VII. In the case of the latter, it was possible to get objects for the final game (the famous coin), so we would not be surprised to see something similar in a supposed Resident Evil Village demo.
And that’s all, for now. We will be very attentive to the Resident Evil Showcase, crossing our fingers for a demo or the Resident Evil 8 Village release date.