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Capcom shows off Resident Evil Village gameplay and multiplayer, alongside a release date

Capcom shows off Resident Evil Village gameplay and multiplayer, alongside a release date

By Declan Barry

Capcom shows off Resident Evil Village gameplay and multiplayer, alongside a release date

By Declan Barry - 22nd Jan 2021

The next chapter of the popular horror series is releasing in May

Capcom shows off Resident Evil Village gameplay and multiplayer, alongside a release date

We got another look at the game that is going to scare the pants off us in 2021. 

CAPCOM’s Resident Evil Village is launching on May 7th, 2021 for Steam PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, and the current-generation consoles - PS4 and Xbox One.

A sequel to Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the survival-horror game will build upon the RE Engine that was refined for the Resident Evil remakes that launched in 2019 and 2020. It’s safe to say, from the gameplay video released, the series is looking darker, scarier, and even better than ever.

In the trailer, we see a creepy castle full of infected threats, and the biggest threat of all Lady Dimitrescu. This gigantic, vampiresque woman appears to be eight feet tall and the homeowner of the lavish castle and has three daughters who can conjure up swarms of flying insects.

She can also be heard speaking to Mother Miranda, and mentioning her brother whilst on the phone. However, it’s not confirmed whether these will also be present in the game as bosses.

The Story

The game takes place in a European village, before moving to the castle that we saw in this trailer, and will be set several years after the critically-acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard. As referenced in the trailer, it will be a continuation of the Ethan Winters arc as he looks to build a new life in a peaceful village with his wife, Mia.

However, in typical video game fashion, this isn’t the case as Chris Redfield kidnaps his daughter. Of course, Chris isn’t a new character to the franchise and was the star of the original Resident Evil game, as well as appearing in numerous others, including a cameo at the end of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

Gameplay

Like the previous games in the series, you will be able to wield guns, knives, and other weapons to be able to take on the threats that you’ll encounter.

Within the game, you’ll be able to purchase weapons and items from the Duke, as well as upgrade items. This option will pop up across the map at points in the game. And like any good shop in a video game, this will come with a price, however, is there really too much of a cost for survival?

Managing these items will be just as important with Resident Evil 4 fans rejoicing that the inventory management system will be utilising the slot mechanic from the 2005 game. 

In the game you will have a set amount of slots you can fill. Each weapon and item will have a different amount of slots that it will take up, with fixed dimensions for each. Think of it like a carry case full of items. You will be able to rotate items to neatly stack them, but managing your inventory’s layout will be important to make sure you’re carrying the maximum amount of resources you can.

Of course, crafting is also back as you can combine herbs and chem fluid to create first aid med. But on your travels you will be able to obtain more recipes that will allow you to create new types of ammo.

Re:Verse Multiplayer Mode

Anybody that purchases Resident Evil Village will also gain access to the multiplayer mode Resident Evil Re:Verse.

Containing beloved characters from past games, including Leon Kennedy and Nemesis, you will battle online in four to six person deathmatches. 

However, there’s a twist! Every time your character dies, you’ll transform into a zombie to gobble up capsules Pacman-style to become more powerful and take out other players to gain more points. 

Pre-order Resident Evil Village on Fanatical.com today.

Capcom shows off Resident Evil Village gameplay and multiplayer, alongside a release date

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