Resident Evil has a lot of great news coming out and just in time to whet our appetite for its creative releases set for 2021. Now since 2017's release of the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard; fans of the franchise have been prepared that there will be something for fans of the action-driven plot and the puzzle-survival plots going forward. This lead to remasters of classics such as Resident Evil 2 and the most recent release of Resident Evil 3 during the height of the pandemic in April of 2020. It was made clear early in the year that we would be getting a new Resident Evil title a la Biohazard with when a short teaser of Village (Resident Evil 8) hit the internet. It's story was a mystery, but its landscape was gorgeous and scenic; in comparison to the titles last surroundings. Developers for the game put together a more in-depth look at what's to come for their direct sequel to Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, during the 2020 Tokyo Game Expo.
The above video, Resident Evil Village Director Morimasa Sato, Art Director Tomonori Takano, and Producer Peter Fabiano as discussing in detail the ways in which this game is a continuation of Ethan from the previous game's story in the Resident Evil universe. Much of the discussion regarding the Ethan, a wholly new character to the canon, keeps being touted as a way to "follow this character to its conclusion". In a sense it feels like despite making this a sequel for both Ethan and Mia, it may be a short lived. Adding Ada Wong and Chris Redfield into the game always felt odd, as this arch of the game's story telling felt a whole world apart from the Resident Evil Universe we've known for the past 10 years. Along with a video from the creative team, Capcom also released an official gameplay trailer as part of their presentation for the 2020 Tokyo Game Expo.
At the end of their expo presentation, Capcom released the following graphic. It is likely that it could mean we could get a more in-depth gameplay, playable demo or a set release date by sometime in December at the earliest leading up to meeting a possible January release date. January has been a staple for release time for most of their other titles. Given the pandemic that could change, as it changed for the release of Resident Evil 3.
What is most intriguing to me about this game is that it is a direct sequel following a wholly new character that is not part of the canon of the game, but also that one of our main protagonists is now working for Umbrella. There is a lot of imagery of Chris Redfield that mirrors that of Wesker and really makes me wonder if he will be the "surprise" villain for this game. We'll have to see what other details or released during their next update. The beginning and end shots of the "Official Trailer" are omninous in tone. Showing Redfield being cold and cruel, while prefacing "His story comes to a close." Given the posturing we can assume they mean Ethan, but in all honesty the last game wasn't that blunt and I expect there's some underlying connection that plays into the 'hallucination' aspect the developers keep mentioning.
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