Those interested in the survival-horror genre of gaming had much to celebrate about this week, with a number of developers sharing new information on their upcoming projects in the genre. From Capcom, we have been treated to new information around Resident Evil 4 and the incoming Winters’ Expansion for Resident Evil Village Gold Edition. Read more about all the announcements below:
Resident Evil Village News
The Resident Evil Village team provided extended looks at both Shadows of Rose, the nightmarish new story chapter from the Winters’ Expansion, and the highly requested Third Person Mode. The Winters’ Expansion and Resident Evil Village Gold Edition, a bundle of the DLC and main game, manifest on Oct. 28, 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Players who pre-order now will receive the Street Wolf Outfit as a special bonus for heroine Rose Winters to wear as she explores a mysterious realm of consciousness in search of a cure for her unwanted powers. Before the Winters’ Expansion and Resident Evil Village Gold Edition arrive, players will also have the chance to experience the award-winning campaign from a new perspective. A 60-minute demo featuring the expansion’s Third Person Mode is available now.
Furthermore, Resident Evil ReVerse, the multiplayer experience associated with Resident Evil Village will be receiving an early access event from Monday:
Resident Evil Re:Verse, a multiplayer experience free for all Resident Evil Village owners, will continue the festivities with an early access event that begins on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 at 3am BST/4am CEST PDT and runs until Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2022 at 7am BST/8am CEST. The full game is set to launch on Oct. 28, 2022 and will support cross-play across all platforms. More content is also on the way for Resident Evil Re:Verse in future updates, including additional survivors, creatures, stages, costumes, and challenge missions. To enjoy the game, players must register for a Capcom ID and link their account with their platform of choice.
The final Village announcement was that the Mac version will also be launching next week, alongside a cloud-based version for the Nintendo Switch:
The Mac version of Resident Evil Village was also announced for an Oct. 28, 2022 release, landing in tandem with the recently revealed Resident Evil™ Village Cloud for Nintendo Switch. The Winters’ Expansion will arrive for Resident Evil Village Cloud on Dec. 2, 2022. Launch dates for the upcoming Nintendo Switch releases Resident Evil 2 Cloud (Nov. 11, 2022), Resident Evil 3 Cloud (Nov. 18, 2022), and Resident Evil 7 biohazard Cloud (Dec. 16, 2022) were also revealed during today’s show.
Resident Evil 4 News
Resident Evil 4 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi debuted the first long look at the highly anticipated title with an extended gameplay segment for the opening minutes of the adventure, plus a new story trailer foreshadowing what surprises lie in wait for new players and returning fans. The footage of Leon S. Kennedy’s harrowing first encounter with the Ganados highlights how the development team is introducing modern design techniques and state-of-the-art graphics to both faithfully recreate and add depth to the original game’s vision. This first look at combat showed only some of the new ways Ganados attack, chase, and outflank Leon with staggering speed and ferocity. In order to walk the razor thin line between survival and a grim fate, Leon’s arsenal of weapons and close combat maneuvers now include the ability to parry enemy attacks and deliver finishing blows with his knife.
Hirabayashi-san also provided a first look at how Resident Evil 4 is recreating fan favorite characters and game mechanics, with an emphasis on providing more meaningful player choice. The Merchant makes his triumphant return with some good gear to sell Leon, including handy items and weapon upgrades. He also offers more exclusive rewards for any strangers willing to gather rare gems and exchange them for other items. Viewers also received their first look at Leon’s trusty attaché case, and how it places an emphasis on intelligent resource management while enabling players to synthesize healing items and ammunition. More illustrations of how the Resident Evil 4 team is passionately reviving a classic with Capcom’s RE Engine to preserve the core experience while introducing modern ideas will be shared at a later date.