The spooky season is upon us and with it a plethora of news on all our favorite spooky franchises. In gaming, Resident Evil is on the list of games that I watch for every year. So far the news does not disappoint, as we have a new game, a Netflix series, and a reboot of the franchise film. So let's quit yapping, and let's dive into those gooey spooky guts for this week's "Spooky News Roundup: Resident Evil Edition".
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, which put players in a rundown home in some unknown swamp area between Texas and Louisiana.
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.
But the game is not the only thing we have to look forward to in regards to the franchise, Netflix and Capcom have officially release the first look at an animated series titled Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness.
While there is no plot released about the show other than showing us Leon and Clair Redfield, it is clear that this show will be tied to the canon of the games. The animation style was definitely a surprise as it will also stick to the current reboot cinematic animation style. On top of this animated series, there is also a live-action show in the works that is said to follow the 'children' of Wesker. We will be following the infamous villain's children and their lives as they deal with the affects of Umbrella Corps and the T-Virus. The live-action show will probably not go into production until next year given all the current production schedules being postponed due to the pandemic.
BREAKING NEWS: 10/6 1:30 p.m.
New Resident Evil movie announced said to be "an official origin story adaptation with faithful ties to Capcom’s classic survival horror games". Movie will be set in 1998 in Raccoon City, directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down & The Strangers: Prey at Night).
On top of announcing this reboot of the iconic film franchise, was the announcement of the cast and characters set to appear in the film. Starring in the roles of the iconic game characters will be Maze Runner‘s Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield alongside Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell (Upload) as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) as William Birkin.
Director Johannes Roberts, says the following in regards to the reboot, “With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences..."
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