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Resident Evil 8 announced at PS5 reveal event

First look at Capcom’s next-gen Resident Evil game

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The next Resident Evil game is called Resident Evil 8: Village — stylized so the first four letters in Village form “VIII” — and it’s coming to next-gen consoles. Resident Evil 8 was first teased during Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal event on Thursday.

Resident Evil 8 is coming sometime in 2021. Capcom confirmed the game is also coming to Windows PC via Steam and Xbox Series X.

Village will be a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the 2017 survival horror game that was something of a series reboot. Like 7, Resident Evil 8 will be played in first-person and will star protagonist Ethan Winters, and the setting appears to be a snowy forest haunted by what appear to be werewolf-like creatures. Also returning: Resident Evil mainstay Chris Redfield.

After the events of RE7, “Ethan’s world suddenly comes crashing down once again when Chris Redfield, an unexpected yet familiar face makes an appearance, setting off a chain of events that sees a distraught Ethan seeking answers to Chris’s shocking actions… and ultimately finding him in a mysterious village,” Capcom said on the PlayStation Blog.

Resident Evil 8 will have “a greater focus on combat and exploration compared to Resident Evil 7,” Capcom said.

RE8 follows closely on the heels of Capcom’s latest entry, a remake of Resident Evil 3, which was released on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One in April.

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