Resident Evil 8: release date, news and trailers

by admin February 5, 2020 at 9:09 pm

When it was first released in 2017, Resident Evil 7 was a much-needed rejuvenation for the classic horror franchise. Capcom departed from its usual formula in a big way and even took the opportunity to embrace new experiences with PlayStation VR. This risk paid off and a large proportion of fans and critics embraced the changes, with a keen eye on what the next game might bring.

Following on from Resident Evil 7’s release, a very successful Resident Evil 2 Remake and a now confirmed Resident Evil 3 Remake, Capcom still isn’t ready to confirm that Resident Evil 8 is in the works. But we’re hopeful and think that the next chapter of the core Resident Evil series is inevitable.

There’s not much in the way of solid information but here’s everything we know so far about Resident Evil 8 including news, rumors and what we want to see.

[Update: A new report suggests that Resident Evil 8 will keep the first person perspective that was used in Resident Evil 7. Read on to find out more.] 

Resident Evil 8 release date

Capcom hasn’t confirmed Resident 8 is in the works so we don’t have a release date yet. But we expect we won’t see the next chapter in the Resident Evil franchise until at least 2020—perhaps for Xbox Series X or the PS5?

Resident Evil 8 news and rumors

First Person Perspective

It’s not even been announced yet but a recent report has suggested that Resident Evil 8 will keep up the first person gameplay perspective that featured in Resident Evil 7. The report comes from fansite Biohazardcast (via Eurogamer).

Resident Evil 7 was the first game in the series to adopt a first-person perspective and although the recent remakes haven’t picked it up, it’s not entirely surprising that Capcom would want to keep it going in a new instalment. It’s a continuation of the different, more experimental approach the series took with Biohazard and would allow the new releases to stand even more distinct from the remakes. And it leaves things open for another terrifying VR port.

As this is just a rumor, it should be taken with a pinch of salt until such times as Capcom confirms or denies the existence of Resident Evil 8 and what it may involve if it is to be released. 

A while away?

Resident Evil 3 is definitely on the way but a recent rumor (via GamesRadar) has suggested that Resident Evil 8 could still be a while off. According to prominent leaker AestheticGamer (aka DuskGolem), there was a version of Resident Evil 8 in development all the way back in 2016 which was eventually scrapped before being picked up again in around 6 or 7 months ago meaning full on development hasn’t been underway for a full year yet. According to the leaker, as a result of this rejigging fans shouldn’t expect to see Resident Evil 8 “anytime soon”. 

Of course, this information is only coming from one person and should therefore be taken with a massive pinch of salt, especially given there’s not even been any official confirmation that there is indeed a Resident Evil 8 on the way. AestheticGamer does have a good history of providing accurate information, having revealed details on Resident Evil 7’s Not A Hero DLC as well as reporting that Resident Evil: Resistance had connections to Resident Evil 3 before it was officially confirmed, but that’s no replacement for an official comment from Capcom on its plans for the Resident Evil franchise. 

Testing for an unrevealed game

According to a recent Reddit post, Capcom has invited members of its Resident Evil Ambassadors programme to test an unrevealed game. While there are hopes that it’s the still-to-be-confirmed Resident Evil 8 there’s also a rumor that it could be a new entry in the fossilised Dino Crisis franchise as Capcom has recently filed for a trademark related to the series. 

This isn’t the first time Capcom has invited Resident Evil Ambassadors to test an unannounced title recently; last time the testing turned out to be for the multiplayer Resident Evil experience, Project Resistance. Does the fact that the previous round of testing was related to a Resident Evil game make it more likely to be a similar scenario this time? It’s impossible to say, but the most likely candidates for this unannounced title at the moment new entries to the Resident Evil or Dino Crisis series. We won’t know for sure until Capcom makes an official announcement. 

Resident Evil 3 Remake confirmed

As suspected, Capcom has confirmed it’s working on a remake of the classic Resident Evil 3, following on from the success of the second game’s remake. This is an exciting reveal, but it’s not the Resident Evil 8 confirmation we’re holding out for. 

Project Resistance confirmed
Capcom has announced Project Resistance, new 1v4 asymmetric online survival horror experience set in the world of Resident Evil. Unfortunately it isn’t the core game we’ve been hoping for.

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Testing on an unconfirmed title
Capcom’s Division 1, has reportedly sent emails to Resident Evil Ambassadors in Japan, inviting them to test an in-development game. 

The email, translated from Japanese to English and published by fansite Biohaze, reads:

“To all Resident Evil Ambassadors, thank you for your patronage regarding the Resident Evil series. Today, we are letting you know that we are recruiting testers for a game that’s in development!

“We are interested in incorporating the feedback of all Ambassadors into our development, so please read the details below and, if you are interested in participating, click the entry button.”

It’s possible these emails referred to Project Resistance, however it may be that they reference Resident Evil 8. 

Capcom has numerous unannounced titles in development
Resident Evil fans hoping for a new entry in the series were feeling their hopes rising after a 2019 financial briefing from Capcom which confirmed the publisher has “numerous” unannounced titles in development. The games are being developed on the RE Engine used for Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5.

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Work has already started
We’ve known this since early in 2017 when Resident Evil 7’s executive producer Jun Takeuchi confirmed it. In an interview for an official “making of” Resident Evil 7 documentary, Takeuchi said that work on the next game is “already in motion.”

It’ll build on the work of Resident Evil 7
In the same interview Takeuchi also ruminated on what the game might look like. 

The first thing that he confirmed was that Resident Evil 7 was the start of a new direction for the series and that it was “the start of a new kind of survival horror, and of a new series.”

“We’re already thinking about various plans for the next game,” he revealed, “but we also want to see how we can continue to evolve survival horror itself. In the next few years technology will continue to advance and what players want may also change.”