The next generation of console gaming is here, and with it, an entire library of titles. While we’ve seen impressive things from both Sony and Microsoft, such as the PS5’s Demon Soul and the Xbox Series’ Tetris Effect Connected, there’s one title that long-time fans of the franchise have been looking forward to: Resident Evil 8. So, here’s everything you need to know about the game.
The original zombie game
The first Resident Evil game was released in 1996 for the PlayStation, Nintendo DS, Sega Saturn, and PC. It sold over 2.7 million copies, sparking the birth of the zombie genre in the gaming industry. For example, late 2000’s titles like Left 4 Dead and Red Dead Redemption were all inspired by Resident Evil.
Of course, the action-adventure horror game genre isn’t the only thing that has been taken over by zombies—other types of games were inspired by it, too. Plants vs. Zombies became such a huge hit in 2009, prompting over 200 million downloads worldwide. The zombie genre has also penetrated the online slots world too, with the collection of slots on Foxy Games, including zombie-themed games like Wild Walker. There are even slots based on other popular zombie franchises, like PlayPearls’ 28 Spins Later. Over the years, the zombie genre has continued to evolve, as heart-wrenching and complex games like The Last of Us made an appearance online. But the newest installment to this age-old franchise promises to revolutionize the genre even further with gruesome monsters, perplexing plots, and an even more traumatized protagonist.
Resident Evil 8: Village
Resident Evil 8: Village was first revealed during Sony’s first PS5 reveal last June. It’s going to be a direct sequel to the series’ soft reboot (Resident Evil 7: Biohazard), as the protagonist was revealed as Ethan Winters. He and Mia take shelter in the mountains to escape the trauma of Resident Evil 7 but, unfortunately, trouble follows them.
Also, Chris Redfield is also going to be in it. Apparently, Capcom listened to fans’ calls because Chris’ comically skinny design from Resident Evil 7 has been transformed into this new big and boxy gruff man.
In another PS5 showcase during Tokyo Game Show last September, more information was revealed alongside a brief story trailer and a gameplay demo.
According to the developers, Resident Evil 8 will not only address the cliffhanger left by the previous game, but it will also conclude Ethan Winters’s story. A mansion was also shown—a good call back to the Spencer Mansion in the first Resident Evil game. Finally, there’s a fetus symbol made out of twigs and feathers that have been sprinkled through the trailers.
The team mentioned that players should “pay extra close attention to this one”—very likely because of its connection to the Umbrella Corporation.
Just like Resident Evil 7, this upcoming addition to the franchise will be played in first-person. This was definitely an effective scare tactic in the previous game, with horror elements taken from classics like Cannibal Holocaust and The Blair Witch Project. The trailers have currently teased werewolves, vampires, and a strange family (not the Bakers this time), which match the occult vibes Resident Evil 8 is going for. And being a zombie game, we’re fully expecting to see those gross creatures make a return.
There’s also mention of an upcoming online mode called “Dominion.” We don’t know anything about it yet, including its name, but more information on that should be announced during the next Resident Evil 8 showcase.
Resident Evil 8 will be released for the PS5, Xbox Series, and PC sometime in summer 2021. There’s plenty of stuff we still don’t know about, so we’ll just have to wait for further announcements.