Leaks and Resident Evil seem to go hand-in-hand nowadays, with early information for the next mainline instalment already potentially floating around long before its official announcement.
The information comes from a string of sources, originating from the website ‘Biohazard Declassified’ who received the rumours from their tipline. It has since been reported on by the YouTube channel ‘Residence of Evil’, which has been relatively reputable in the past with its information regarding Resident Evil leaks. What’s more is that reliable source ‘Nibel’ on Twitter has also stated that the rumours have been “Matching the stuff I’ve been hearing.”
The game was apparently play-tested last year which explains the potential information, and it won’t have the title ‘Resident Evil 8’, instead having a supposedly “clever title” (likely a play on words.) Despite this, it will very much be a continuation from 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, with that game’s protagonist Ethan Winters and the first-person camera perspective both returning.
Gameplay is stated to start in a snow mountainous village area before leading into a castle, which will no doubt be a familiar progression of locations for those who have played Resident Evil 4. The potential Resident Evil 4 comparisons don’t stop there, with a shadowy-female enemy stalking the Ethan throughout the game, and disappearing when shot at. The Residence of Evil YouTube channel speculated that this could be a returning idea from the scrapped prototype build of Resident Evil 4 (dubbed ‘Resident Evil 3.5’ by fans) in which protagonist Leon Kennedy was injected with a virus that causes hallucinations.
Chris Redfield will be making a return in some capacity, along with the classic zombie enemies. It’s interesting to hear that Capcom could be returning to this enemy type after the mainline entries have spent so long focusing on other variations of human infections. Lastly, a new enemy type in the form of Werewolf type creatures will apparently be present in the game. While it might initially sound like a bit of a stretch, it’s worth keeping in mind that these will likely be wolves injected with some kind of virus as opposed to the classic fictional monsters that most are accustomed to.
None of this information has been officially confirmed by Capcom, so take it all with a large heap of salt. The next title releasing in the franchise is the remake of Resident Evil 3, which is set to release 3rd April for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.