Last week Capcom announced its second Resident Evil Showcase and that show is officially in the bag. The 20-minute presentation was mostly focused on the upcoming release of Resident Evil Village, but some smaller news including a demo for the game and much smaller news was revealed during the showcase.
The Showcase kicked off with host, Brittney Brombacher from What’s Good Games officially presenting the show. After introductions are over, the host throws it to executive producer, Jun Takeuchi who talks to talk about how the 25th anniversary of the franchise and introduces the next trailer of Resident Evil Village.
The trailer delved more into the game’s cinematic story beats and showcased new scenes and more extended scenes from the upcoming game’s past trailers. The trailer ends with an interaction between Ethan Winters and Chris Redfield, which doesn’t answer any more questions about Chris’s involvement in the game.
Afterward, Brombacher mentions the multiplatform demo they teased in the last showcase. To talk more about the demo is Resident Evil Village producer, Tsuyoshi Kanda announces the next demo is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series & Stadia platforms.
The demo is playable for 24 hours in a time-limited demo that will allow players to play up to 60 minutes to explore the village and castle areas of the game. For North American players, the time limit window opens on May 1st at 8 PM EDT.
PS4 and PS5 players will get a little taste of the demo early, the difference is that the demo sections will be split up.
The first early access demo will be based solely in the village section and players will have only 30 minutes of game time. The early access demo called ‘8 Hours in Village’ as the name hints will be the village demo will be available for 8 hours only starting April 17th at 8 PM EDT.
The 30-minute castle section demo will be available in another demo, which will be again available for 8 hours starting on April 24th at 8 PM EDT. Capcom implores players to stream and shares any of their moments with any of the time-limited demos. If you want to get ahead and be ready when the demos are playable, you can plan ahead by preloading the demo, which PlayStation users can preload the 30-minute demos starting now.
That’s not all for Resident Evil Village, as the game explores the multiplayer of the game and the return of the Mercenaries mode with a twist. Mercenaries historically is a high-speed arcade-style mini-game where you have to reach the goal is a certain time limit. If you’re looking for that extra challenge to Village then Mercenaries is for you.
That’s not the only addition coming with Village as Capcom keeps reminding us that Resident Evil Re: Verse is available as a bonus with every Resident Evil Village purchase.
Before getting to more reveals, key figures like Mark Cerny, Shuhei Yoshida, Ashley Swidowski (Naughty Dog Character Art Director) and Siobhan Reddy (Media Molecule Studio Director) congratulating Capcom on the 25th anniversary of Resident Evil.
Now it’s time to get into the media aspect of Resident Evil with the return of Resident Evil Media Business producer, Hiroyuki Kobayashi who has a trailer of the franchise’s upcoming CGI Netflix series. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness asks the question of what if claire and Leon went through another Raccoon City level of zombie disaster but in the White House and it’s hitting the streaming platform in July.
Just like in the last showcase, Resident Evil is getting another crossover with a beloved multiplayer-focused game. This time the zombie franchise is crossing over with Dead by Daylight for its upcoming chapter collaboration happening this June. Players who experience the crossover will receive an exclusive in-game umbrella charm.
As the last announcement of the showcase, Facebook has announced that Resident Evil 4 – one of the most ported games ever – is coming to the Oculus Quest 2 in a VR experience built from the ground up which will be exclusive to the headset. To learn more about Resident Evil 4 VR, Facebook has announced they’ll reveal more on a stream happening on its Facebook and Twitch page on April 21st.
I wanted a Resident Evil 4 announcement but it’s not the one I wanted, it is though the one I got. Going into this I wasn’t expecting a marque Resident Evil 4 Remake or Resident Evil 9 announcement and I was right.