In today’s Resident Evil Showcase (watch below), Capcom unleashed new footage and updates for Resident Evil Village Gold Edition (buy now) and its Winters’ Expansion, plus a host of gory details for the Resident Evil 4 remake.
The event also explored new ways to experience the iconic survival horror series, including PlayStation VR2 and Mac versions of Resident Evil Village, and cloud versions for Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, Resident Evil 7 biohazard, and Resident Evil Village on Nintendo Switch.
The Resident Evil Village team provided extended looks at both Shadows of Rose, the nightmarish new story chapter from the Winters’ Expansion, and the highly-requested Third Person Mode. The Winters’ Expansion and Resident Evil Village Gold Edition, a bundle of the DLC and main game, manifest on Oct. 28, 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.
Players who pre-order now will receive the Street Wolf Outfit as a special bonus for heroine Rose Winters to wear as she explores a mysterious realm of consciousness in search of a cure for her unwanted powers. Before the Winters’ Expansion and Resident Evil Village Gold Edition arrive, players will also have the chance to experience the award-winning campaign from a new perspective. A 60-minute demo featuring the expansion’s Third Person Mode is available to try now.
Resident Evil Re:Verse, a multiplayer experience free for all Resident Evil Village owners, will continue the festivities with an early access event that begins on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 at 7 p.m. PDT and runs until Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 at 11 p.m. PDT. The full game is set to launch on Oct. 28, 2022 and will support cross-play across all platforms.
More content is also on the way for Resident Evil Re:Verse in future updates, including additional survivors, creatures, stages, costumes, and challenge missions. To enjoy the game, players must register for a Capcom ID and link their account with their platform of choice.
The Mac version of Resident Evil Village was also announced for an Oct. 28, 2022 release, landing in tandem with the recently revealed Resident Evil Village Cloud for Nintendo Switch. The Winters’ Expansion will arrive for Resident Evil Village Cloud on Dec. 2, 2022.
Launch dates for the upcoming Nintendo Switch releases Resident Evil 2 Cloud (Nov. 11, 2022), Resident Evil 3 Cloud (Nov. 18, 2022), and Resident Evil 7 biohazard Cloud (Dec. 16, 2022) were also revealed during today’s show.
Resident Evil 4 remake producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi debuted the first long look at the highly-anticipated title with an extended gameplay segment for the opening minutes of the adventure, plus a new story trailer foreshadowing what surprises lie in wait for new players and returning fans.
The footage of Leon S. Kennedy’s harrowing first encounter with the Ganados highlights how the development team is introducing modern design techniques and state-of-the-art graphics to both faithfully recreate and add depth to the original game’s vision.
This first look at combat showed only some of the new ways Ganados attack, chase, and outflank Leon with staggering speed and ferocity. In order to walk the razor thin line between survival and a grim fate, Leon’s arsenal of weapons and close combat maneuvers now include the ability to parry enemy attacks and deliver finishing blows with his knife.
Hirabayashi-san also provided a first look at how the Resident Evil 4 remake is recreating fan-favorite characters and game mechanics, with an emphasis on providing more meaningful player choice. The Merchant makes his triumphant return with some good gear to sell Leon, including handy items and weapon upgrades.
He also offers more exclusive rewards for any strangers willing to gather rare gems and exchange them for other items. Viewers also received their first look at Leon’s trusty attaché case, and how it places an emphasis on intelligent resource management while enabling players to synthesize healing items and ammunition.
More illustrations of how the Resident Evil 4 remake team is passionately reviving a classic with Capcom’s RE Engine to preserve the core experience while introducing modern ideas will be shared at a later date.
In addition to announcing preorders for Resident Evil 4 starting today, the Resident Evil Showcase also revealed that a “Deluxe Edition” and “Collector’s Edition” will be available when the game launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on March 24, 2023. The “Deluxe Edition” includes additional in-game content, including costumes, weapons, a treasure map, and more.
Meanwhile, the physical-box-only “Collector’s Edition” features everything from the “Deluxe Edition”, as well as a Leon figure, physical map, art book, and more. Those who pre-order the Standard Edition will receive in-game rewards, including the “Attaché Case: Gold” and “Special Charm: Handgun Ammo,” while pre-orders of the Deluxe or Collector’s editions also include the “Attaché Case: Classic” and “Special Charm: Green Herb” items. These customization items offer specific in-game abilities when equipped.
Set a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7 biohazard, Resident Evil Village resumes the Winters family saga with a new nightmare where Ethan Winters is hunted by relentless new foes in an isolated village. Resident Evil Village continues Ethan’s adventure in the first-person view with photorealistic visuals that take survival horror to the next level with the power of Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine.
Resident Evil Village Gold Edition is a bundle of the base game and the upcoming Winters’ Expansion, which includes Third Person Mode, “The Mercenaries Additional Orders,” and “Shadows of Rose,” a new narrative DLC following the story of Ethan’s daughter Rosemary set 16 years after the main campaign. Resident Evil Village Gold Edition also includes the “Trauma Pack” digital add-on content. All versions of Resident Evil Village provide free access to the online multiplayer action game Resident Evil Re:Verse.
The Resident Evil 4 remake joins Leon S. Kennedy six years after his hellish experiences in the biological disaster of Raccoon City. His unmatched resolve caused him to be recruited as an agent reporting directly to the president of the United States. With the experience of multiple missions on his back, Leon is dispatched to rescue the president’s recently kidnapped daughter.
Leon tracks her to a secluded European village, however after making first contact he discovers a fervor beyond reason grips the local populace. Resident Evil 4 preserves the essence of the original while using Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine to deliver modernized gameplay, a reimagined storyline, and vividly detailed graphics.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.