5 Things We Learned About Resident Evil Village From Its Multiple Demos

Resident Evil Village is almost here, and while the game comes out in just 2 days, we’ve learned a lot from its multiple demos. Here’s everything we know about Capcom’s next horror-adventure before the game releases on old and new consoles.

The Village Is An Open Hub-World

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The Village in Resident Evil Village

This isn’t much of a surprise, but it looks like Capcom took the best of what worked with the RE2 remake and applied it to a larger area. While we haven’t played the final game yet, we wouldn’t be surprised if the entire game took place within one central, but vast location. I really liked exploring the snowy village section in the demo, and the castle seems pretty daunting at first, but I think we’ll get familiar with the game’s world soon after booting it up. After all, we also know that the game will have multiple factions for Ethan to deal with, and an open-world/hub-world setting makes sense.

Chris Redfield Might Be The Bad Guy

Chris Redfield in Resident Evil VIllage

What a twist! Or is it? We first got a taste of returning hero Chris during the game’s reveal back in July (if you discount the leaks), and it looks like he’s up to no good. For starters, the trailers released up until now have shown that Chris, for some reason, invades Ethan Winters’ home and kills his wife Mia and kidnaps his daughter. So much for being the hero of the first game, eh?

Resident Evil 4+7 Vibes

Lady Dimitrescu And Cronies - Resident Evil VIllage

From my limited time with the demo, it became clear that Capcom has taken a lot from the much-loved Resident Evil 4 and combined it with RE7’s supernatural horror. While we’re not fighting brain-dead zombies in the game, the spooky and open setting is very much a direct callback to RE4. You can find coins to collect and use to buy weapons from a vendor, which is something we haven’t seen in the franchise for a long time now. Even the inventory system is very similar to that in RE4.

It Runs Surprisingly Well On Consoles

RE Village Demo Performance Analysis by Digital Foundry

Remember when the game was rumoured to be skipping PS4 and Xbox One consoles? So do we, but it seems like Capcom took it upon themselves to impress us even more by releasing it on the now last-gen consoles. In my 30 minutes with the first demo on a base PS4, I was thoroughly impressed with the generally solid performance. Let’s hope that remains true for the latter sections in the final game.

Modding Possibilities

The uncompromised Resident Evil experience

Well, that escalated quickly. While the demos have received some criticism for being time-limited, that didn’t stop modders from carving some truly horrifying imagery. Resident Evil 7 had its fair share of mods, but with RE Village’s open setting and already fan-favourite characters are ripe for some extremely funny and bizarre community additions.

From brainless zombies to mutants and supernatural entities, the Resident Evil franchise has changed its gears a lot ever since its inception. You can read more about how the franchise has evolved over the course of its 25-year-old legacy here.

Resident Evil Village comes out on May 7 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series consoles and of course, PC.

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