It might have been more than three years since Resident Evil 7 was released, but developers Capcom are arguably busier than ever.
Now, it looks set to shift its attention to an eighth game in the main series, which we expect to be called Resident Evil 8. Here's everything we know so far.
When will Resident Evil 8 be released?
Nothing has been confirmed so far, but considering the RE3 remake came out in April 2020, we'd expect Capcom to wait until 2021 at the earliest, so likely after the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which are both set to be available from the 2020 holiday season.
That lines up with tweets from leaker AestheticGamer, who claimed that RE8 is due in 2021 - conflicting with their own previous reports that the title was "years off."
Okay, so the little game is done. This will be breaking this month with more details later not by myself, but I've needed to clear some stuff up. "Resident Evil 2021" is Resident Evil 8, but it wasn't always RE8. During most of its development it existed as Revelations 3.— AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem (@AestheticGamer1) April 4, 2020
That's because the game Capcom originally developed as Resident Evil 8 has allegedly been pushed back - so may become RE9 - while what was set to be Resident Evil Revelations 3 has been bumped up to be a mainline entry.
He also suggests we should hear more from the game via unofficial channels by the end of April 2020, with an official announcement later in the year.
What platforms will Resident Evil 8 be playable on?
Given the likely release timing for 2021, we're expecting to see Resident Evil 8 on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, along with PC. The above leak also claims it will be cross-generation, so look for a less graphically intense version to appear on the PS4 and Xbox One too.
What will the gameplay be like?
Capcom is yet to confirm that a successor to Resident Evil 7 is in the works, but all signs point to a new game being released soon.
The main rumours we have so far come courtesy of prolific Twitter leaker @Nibellion, who summed up the main possibilities so far:
Rumor: first potential Resident Evil 8 details have leaked— Nibel (@Nibellion) January 28, 2020
- Ethan from VII is the protagonist
- zombies return
- new enemy type: werewolves
- new stalker enemy type
- Chris Redfield will return in some form
via https://t.co/fEZBP82rxy pic.twitter.com/taYt67VpUt
The big news here is the continuation of the first-person gameplay from Resident Evil 7. Many fans have voiced their displeasure at the move, but it seems like that will remain the format for the main series games for now, while the remakes retain the tried and tested third-person perspective.
AestheticGamer's above leak confirms that many of the details including werewolves are "100% true" but they're based on "outdated information," and that "specifically what you've heard may not be fully true in the final, but a number of elements remain."
Getting more specific, they confirm the return of first-person, but warn that "many purists are going to hate it because it's taking some serious departures in the story/enemies and the like. Hallucinations, Occultism, insanity and not being able to trust others are huge thematics of the game."