The Resident Evil series, known for its surprises, got the drop on players with a new PS5 demo that became available during Capcom’s Resident Evil Village showcase that gave us our first look at RE8’s gameplay.
The demo, Capcom says, won’t have much in the way of combat or blocking, but will instead introduce you to the spooky environments you’ll be traversing when the game comes on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X on May 7 2021.
Capcom didn’t divulge all the details of the demo but did say that, rather than playing as Resident Evil 7’s protagonist Ethan Winters for the demo, you’ll play as a character called The Maiden, as they attempt to escape one of the game’s settings, the castle. Think of it like an experiential short story set in Resident Evil: Village’s world with hints and Easter Eggs about the main game, according to a PlayStation blog post – which also revealed the demo supports ray tracing and 3D Audio.
Don’t worry – there’s a bigger demo coming in Spring (Q2 2020) that will almost surely showcase all the mechanics we’ve seen today, and maybe introduce some characters and environments revealed in today’s showcase.
Resident Evil Village borrows heavily from fan-favorite RE4
One of the most striking and memorable parts of Resident Evil Village’s gameplay and setting is just how much it reminds us of Resident Evil 4, widely regarded as one of the franchise’s best games.
Unlike other entries in the franchise, there aren’t any zombies, and instead brings in Grimm fairytale creatures. RE8 will reintroduce the Tetris-based inventory management system of RE4 with green herbs in tow, and a weapons vendor named The Duke will fill the role of The Merchant.