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The game was announced for PlayStation 5 during a live reveal event on Thursday.
Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Capcom’s Kellen Haney said RE Village would feature “ultra-realistic environments and characters that inhabit a strange, snow-capped village.”
The game takes place a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7, in which protagonist Ethan Winters travelled to Louisiana to search for his missing wife, Mia.
“Resident Evil Village sees the reunited Mia and Ethan living happily together and putting their shared nightmares of the Baker’s plantation house behind them,” said Haney.
“Finally able to move on from those horrifying events, 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.”
Unlike the cramped corridors of the Baker mansion in Resident Evil 7, Capcom says the fear of dark corners has been replaced with “the anxiety of the unknown” as Ethan searches for answers within decrepit buildings among snow-covered trees.
Village will have a a greater focus on combat and exploration compared to Resident Evil 7, according to Capcom, which claims that “the village itself is just as important a character as any other, a location with a life of its own that will frequently keep you on edge as you discover its secrets.”
It was previously claimed that Resident Evil Village would feature many narrative and mechanical departures for the series, including hallucination and insanity segments, as well as enemies based on mythical creatures such as Werewolves.