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Biohazard Village on Steam is not the Resident Evil 8 you’re looking for

Capcom might have something to say about this

A screenshot of Biohazard Village Image: Forest Games
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Capcom announced Resident Evil Village, the eighth main game in the survival horror series, back in June. The next Resident Evil is coming to PlayStation 5, Windows PC via Steam, and Xbox Series X sometime in 2021. Biohazard Village, released Tuesday on Steam, is not that game, despite its too-close-for-legal-comfort name and logo.

One could see how there might be some confusion between the two. After all, Capcom calls the Resident Evil series Biohazard in its home country of Japan. In fact, next year’s next-gen horror game will actually be called Biohazard Village overseas, based on the game’s Japanese website, so it’s likely that Capcom will take issue with upstart developer Forest Games’ new release. And the Biohazard Village that hit Steam today also stylizes the word “village” to look like Roman numerals.

Forest Games describes its Biohazard Village as “a third-person shooter in which you will play as a girl fighting against a zombie in a town where a man-made disaster has occurred.”

“People turned into zombies,” the Windows PC game’s Steam description reads. “There is only you, your weapon and a huge number of zombies in the post-apocalyptic village. You must win to survive.”

While the Biohazard Village you can buy today is lacking in originality (and looks borderline unplayable, based on the game’s trailer on Steam) and doesn’t feature Wide Chris, it does have one advantage: It’s only $1.19, not that we’re recommending you purchase it even at that price.

Update (Sept. 2): Biohazard Village has been removed from Steam. Developer Forest Games’ other title, Panic Station, remains on Steam.

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