Highlights From The April Resident Evil Showcase
The April Resident Evil Showcase gave fans more updates regarding the 25th anniversary of the franchise. Hosted again by Brittney Brombacher, fans were given new updates on multiple aspects of the Resident Evil series. This includes games, TV series, and collaborations with other franchises. To get things started, we get our latest look at Resident Evil Village, which comes out next month. You can check out the new trailer below.
The trailer shows off a lot more elements to the story, including new characters, settings, and mysteries. It seems that everyone is obsessed with Ethan Winters, the returning protagonist from Resident Evil VII: Biohazard. We get a better look at the lycanthrope enemies, some of the villagers, and of course, everyone’s favorite tall vampire lady.
Of course, that wasn’t the only Resident Evil Village news to come out of the showcase. We got more information regarding the upcoming demo. Fans that weren’t satisfied by the Maiden demo will soon get a chance to experience the true gameplay of the game. The demo will be available for all platforms, including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Steam, and Google Stadia. Interestingly enough, the demos will only be available for limited time play sessions, each with their own time limits.
PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 will have early access with the “8 Hours in Village” event. This half-hour demo will be available for eight hours, giving PlayStation users a small taste. North America will start at 5:00PM PST on April 17th, with Europe at 7:00PM CEST and Asia at 5:00PM HKT on April 18th. There’s also a Castle demo that starts a week from then. All platforms will receive a 60 minute demo for 24 hours starting on May 1st at 5:00PM PST for North America. Europe will get the demo on May 2nd at 2:00AM CEST, and Asia on May 2nd at 8:00AM HKT. Players can use this hour long demo to explore either the Castle or the Village; whichever you choose, there will surely be plenty of secrets to uncover.
Of course, there’s still more to check out with Resident Evil Village, as we get our first look at The Mercenaries mode. Fans of this fan favorite mode will be happy to see that it still offers the fast and frantic arcade style gameplay as always. New to the mode is the shop, where players can make purchases with the Duke to buy or upgrade weapons. They can customize their weapons to fit their play style and strategy. The mode also now includes new abilities, like increasing speed, damage, or defense, and more. Check out the gameplay trailer below.
While Resident Evil Village was the clear star of the show, there were plenty of other announcements during the Resident Evil Showcase. This includes a collaboration with Dead by Daylight by adding a new Resident Evil chapter this June. We also finally get an update for the upcoming Netflix series, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness. Taking place two years after Resident Evil 4 in 2006, a zombie outbreak takes place in a White House. It’s up to Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield to save President Graham (the father of Ashley from Resident Evil 4). The series will debut for your binging pleasure this July. Check out the trailer below.
Finally, we get the first look at Resident Evil 4 coming to Oculus Quest 2. You heard that right. As if Resident Evil 4 wasn’t already on every platform known to man, it’s now coming to VR thanks to Oculus Studios and Armature Studio. Take this iconic classic into a new perspective as you shoot and knife your way to save the President’s daughter. There will be an Oculus Gaming Showcase next week on April 21st that will show more of the game.
And that’s all the big announcements during the Resident Evil Showcase. Did this get you more excited for the 25th anniversary of the series? Let us know in the comments below. You can also check out the entire showcase in the video below (starting at 29:53).