Looking Forward to a Future Full of Zombie Bioweapons
Few horror games have gone in history quite like Resident Evil. From the early days of fixed camera angles and campy voice acting to the current push for first-person horror and giant women, this franchise has it all–except that you don’t generally get to play as the zombies. Unless you’re willing to count Resident Evil 4 or Albert Wesker’s occasional playable appearances, these games have been very strict about keeping you firmly on the zombie-fighting end of things. Now, as part of their celebration of RE’s twenty-fifth anniversary, Capcom has announced new details about Resident Evil Village and Resident Evil Re:Verse, an upcoming multiplayer experience that will be bundled free with it, and which finally lets you play as some iconic zombie bioweapons. We think we speak for everyone when we say it’s about time.
The first announcement is an upcoming Resident Evil Showcase event that will be held in April. This digital event will give fans a sneak peek of RE Village with new game content and plenty of twenty-fifth anniversary news to share. Even better, they’ve announced an open beta test for Re:Verse, meaning that PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam players can get into the action early. The test will take place from April 7 at 23:00 h PDT / April 8 07:00 h BST / 08:00 h CEST to April 11 at 22:59 h PDT / April 12 06:59 h BST / 07:59 h CEST, so save the date. You will need a registered Capcom ID to play.
Still not enough for you? Preorders for Resident Evil Village are now open. The digital Standard and Deluxe Editions are available on all platforms, with an option for physical Standard and Collector’s Edition versions for consoles. According to the press release, “the digital Deluxe Edition includes the base game and a digital “Trauma Pack,” which consists of additional in-game content including a Samurai Edge weapon, Resident Evil 7 biohazard-inspired found footage screen filter, tape recorder save point option, immediate access to an especially challenging difficulty setting, and more. The physical Collector’s Edition includes the Deluxe Edition content plus a striking statue of franchise veteran Chris Redfield, a SteelBook case, art book, a cloth map of the village and an A4 print showing the key art.”
Happy twenty-fifth, Resident Evil! It’s been wild. Here’s to many zombie-filled years to come.
Resident Evil Village is set to launch May 7th, 2021, for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.