Capcom’s Resident Evil Showcase has revealed 25th anniversary multiplayer game RE:Verse and an exclusive free demo for PS5.
Although it barely ran for more than 15 minutes, the much-anticipated Resident Evil showcase has given a release date for Resident Evil Village of May 7 and confirmed that it will launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – as well as Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.
When it was first announced the game was implied to be a next gen exclusive but the pandemic and limited availability of the new console seems to have changed that plan, with Capcom instead offering a free next gen upgrade for both families of console.
They also announced RE:Verse, after it had been leaked earlier in the day, which was revealed to be a free multiplayer game that includes characters from throughout the franchise’s 25 year long history.
To be honest, RE:Verse looked pretty rough in the footage that was shown, with some ugly looking visuals and fast-paced action that didn’t seem reminiscent of Resident Evil at all.
Even with all the characters it seems like a strange way to celebrate such an influential series, but perhaps the pandemic interfered with plans for anything grander.
The good news is that the gameplay footage for Resident Evil Village looked a lot more impressive, with the game seeming to be a mash-up between Resident Evil 1 (some of the castle interior looks very similar to the Spencer Mansion), Resident Evil 4 (the inventory system is basically the same), and the first person action and mute main character from Resident Evil 7.
Exactly what’s going on in the story is unclear, as this time Chris Redfield wasn’t in it, but it seems your daughter has been kidnapped by… a nine foot tall vampire lady and her ‘daughters’ who seem to have the same insect abilities as Marguerite from Resident Evil 7.
We’re getting an Elizabeth Báthory vibe from the set-up and interestingly there’s no sign of anything high-tech yet, but no doubt Umbrella, or its spiritual successor, will be involved at some point.
Pre-orders are being taken from today but there’s also a free demo on PlayStation 5 that’s available now. It’s exclusive to Sony and seems to have been created just for them, with a standard multiformat demo due in the spring.
As we predicted, Capcom also announced a crossover with another game, with a Leon S. Kennedy police outfit being added to The Division 2 on February 2.
There was also a new look at Netflix animated show Infinite Darkness, which features Claire and Leon and is set some time after Resident Evil 4. It’s out this year and looks great, by which we mean Leon’s hair looks authentically floppy.
Resident Evil Village will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on May 7, 2021.
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