In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine (via Wccftech), Fabiano said the development team has taken a significant amount of inspiration from 2005’s Resident Evil 4, which is Capcom’s highest-rated game of all-time, according to review aggregation site Metacritic.
“You’ll notice we took a lot of inspiration from Resident Evil 4,” he said. “The team has put a ton of effort into creating a truly authentic feel. There are plenty of surprises to keep you on your toes; players will find a balance of combat, exploration, and puzzle solving.”
Resident Evil Village’s story picks up some years after the events of Resident Evil 7, with players once again taking on the role of Ethan Winters.
At the start of the game, he’s living peacefully with his wife Mia, but their life together is shattered by Chris Redfield, who seemingly kills Mia and kidnaps Ethan, transporting him to a spooky European village.
Fabiano expressed great confidence in the quality of the game ahead of its release for PC, current and last-gen consoles on May 7, 2021.
“Concepting and planning was something going through our developers’ minds since towards the end of Resident Evil VII: Biohazard,” he told OPM. “The team grew quite attached to Ethan as a character so we knew we wanted to continue his story arc.
“This really helped to keep our vision on target. And since we are constantly sharing information across Resident Evil teams, that really helped inform us in making what we consider the best survival horror game to date.”
Resident Evil Village will grant players “a lot more freedom” to choose how they overcome challenges than Resident Evil 7 did, according to game director Morimasa Sato.
“We want players to experiment, to figure out things that work for them,” he said last year. “We want everyone to think of Resident Evil Village as a horror movie that you can play.”
Capcom released a PS5 exclusive Resident Evil Village demo in January. It sees players take on the role of a character called the Maiden as she attempts to escape from Dimitrescu Castle. A second demo will be released for all platforms this spring.
VGC recently revealed that Capcom’s in-development Resident Evil 4 remake has seen a major change of leadership due to disagreements over its direction.
New studio M-Two has seen its role significantly reduced on the unannounced project, with mainline Resident Evil studio Capcom Division 1 brought in to lead a new direction.