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‘Resident Evil Village’ showcase reveals new mode, demo and 25th anniversary projects

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As promised, Capcom revealed more details about “Resident Evil Village” and its plans to mark the franchise’s 25th anniversary during a showcase last week.

The video, which streamed on YouTube, showed glimpses of what fans can expect when the latest installment launches on May 7. You can see the outlines of the plot with the reveal of characters such as Mother Miranda, Lycans aka werewolves and of course the vampirelike Lady Dimitrescu and her daughters.

Interestingly enough, the art shown in the trailer appears to juxtapose Chris Redfield and a wolf that could imply that he is a Lycan. The whole concept brings up an “Underworld” scenario where vampires and werwolves are part of rival factions.

It also hints at previously revealed plot points. *Warning these could be spoilers.*

The two other big pieces of news is that another “Resident Evil Village” demo is coming, but how you’ll play it is rather complicated. It’s coming to multiplatforms this time around — PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X 5/8 S, Steam and Stadia. The multiplatform demo will be accessible for 24 hours starting May 1. It can be preloaded April 29 and it features the village and castle areas, which can be explored for an hour.

PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 owners get a little extra with early access. They have an eight-hour window to play 30 minutes of two sections of the game. The first one came April 17 and let players explore the village. The second arrives at 8 p.m. Eastern April 24 and lets them explore the castle.

The other big piece of news is the Extra Mercenaries Mode that was made famous in “Resident Evil 3” is coming to “Resident Evil Village.” It’s the opposite of the brooding and slow-paced survival horror experience that fans have grown up with. This mode is focused on high-speed action as players have to traverse levels within a time limit and survive.

 

Between each stage, they access Duke’s Emporium to get new weapons or upgrade old ones. The customization options add depth as players can choose different methods to defeat enemies and complete stages. Along with that, players also can choose from abilities that act as perks that appear to last through a run. They can boost damage from bullets or increase their speed.

As in the previous modes, this version of Mercenaries will add replay value to the “Resident Evil Village” experience.

Aside from the major chapter, Capcom also announced several projects outside the company to celebrate the “Resident Evil” 25th anniversary. One of them was a trailer to the the Netflix original “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness.” It takes place two years after “Resident Evil 4” and focuses on a zombie attack at the White House. It has shades of “Olympus Has Fallen.”

On the video game side, “Dead by Daylight” is doing a “Resident Evil” collaboration scheduled to come out in June. Expect to see iconic monsters from the franchise as well as survivors inspired by “Resident Evil” favorites.

Lastly, “Resident Evil 4” is coming to the Oculus Quest 2. This is big news for virtual reality fans. The game takes place in the first person and the survival-horror game seems to be a perfect fit for the medium.

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