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Resident Evil Village Showcase: All Announcements, Gameplay & More

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Capcom’s first Resident Evil showcase of 2021 covered a slew of upcoming projects in the long-running franchise, starting with the next major installment with Resident Evil Village, a new multiplayer experience and one of the upcoming RE movies. Here’s a look at everything that was announced, revealed and shown during the showcase, including new gameplay, details and more.

Resident Evil Village release date, demo details

One of the biggest showcase announcements, Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil Village will arrive on PS5, Xbox Series X, PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 7, 2021. Additionally, there will be a demo later this spring for all platforms, but PS5 owners can get exclusive access to the new “Maiden” demo today.

You can know everything about Resident Evil Village release plans, including special edition details, as part of our coverage of the show.

Resident Evil 8 Village Showcase Screenshots

Resident Evil Village gameplay

Capcom has centered much of the showcase around a new take on the gameplay of Resident Evil Village (aka Resident Evil 8). First-person combat returns as players take on the role of Ethan Winters again, but Capcom has introduced new melee elements like blocking and counters.

We also learned more about the environments, characters and more about this new adventure, so be sure to read our details. breakdown of the new gameplay of RE: Village, including its similarities to Resident Evil 4.

Resident Evil Re: Verse announced

But Village wasn’t the only Resident Evil game on display. Campcom producer Tsuyoshi Kanda announced Resident Evil RE: Verse, a multiplayer experience that will be free for anyone who buys Village.

RE: Verse will be performing beta testing for RE Ambassadors soon, but be sure to check out some of the initial reveal of playable characters, gameplay, and more from RE: Verse in the series.

Resident Evil RE: Verse Announcement Screenshots

Resident Evil and The Division 2 Crossover

Ubisoft has made a surprise appearance on the Resident Evil stream, with the developer of The Division 2 Massive confirming a crossover event that will bring RE-themed items to the Ubisoft shooter for a limited time. Players simply need to log into the event in February, February 2-15 to earn the Leon Kennedy RPD outfit.

Resident Evil Netflix Movie Tease

Resident Evil has long stretched beyond games, and there are many more projects in the works. Capcom teased one of them during the showcase, the previously announced Netflix animated film, Infinite Darkness. Not much is known, but we were able to see footage from the film, which is slated to hit the streaming service sometime in 2021. Of course, Capcom is also working on a Resident Evil TV series with Netflix, which will tell a brand new story in the universe.

Be sure to stay tuned to IGN for more coverage of the entire Resident Evil universe as Village, RE: Verse, Infinite Darkness and more.

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