The next horrifying installment of the Resident Evil series has finally arrived. Continuing the story of Ethan Winters following the events of Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil Village sees our titular hero venture into a mysterious eastern European town to save his kidnapped baby. Throughout your journey, Ethan will encounter all sorts of horrific monsters, eccentric characters, puzzles, and familiar faces. Pulling inspiration from previous entries, Resident Evil Village mixes both horror and action. Just like other Resident Evil games, Villages contains a New Game Plus mode regardless of what difficulty you play on. Here’s how it works and what actually carries over in a New Game Plus run.
How to Start New Game Plus
After you complete Resident Evil Village you will be prompted to save over a file. Doing this will give you a “Completed Data” file, which acts as the file you can use to start a New Game Plus playthrough. Hitting “New Game” at the menu will just start a regular playthrough. You need to hit “Load” and then select the completed file. This will prompt you to pick a difficulty before starting your New Game Plus run. You will gain access to all of your items once you reach the actual village.
What Carries Over in New Game Plus
In New Game Plus, quite a lot will actually carry over which will make your journey much easier. Along with every item in Ethan’s briefcase, all of his weapons, Lei, treasures, upgrades, and challenges will be brought with you. Any food items you already dumped into a recipe in the Duke’s Kitchen will also be there. So don’t worry about finishing a meal before the credits roll. I don’t think there are enough animals in a single playthrough of Resident Evil Village to even obtain every enhancement.
What won’t carry over are any key items you unlocked, so you’ll need to get all of your keys and other gadgets over again. This is mainly to not mess with the game’s progression since having access to all the keys right away would break the way you approach objectives. The most important thing that carries over is challenges and Challenge Points, as these will allow you to unlock bonus weapons and even infinite ammo variants. You can earn challenges by completing additional objectives like shooting five crows while they fly, killing 30 lycans in the opening attack, or beating a boss in a specific time limit.
You’ll want to focus on challenges and fully upgrading Ethan along with some of his weapons like the M1911, SYG-12, and F2 Rifle. Since Hardcore and Village of Shadows is no joke, you’ll want to ensure you have the best gear possible before heading in. I also suggest saving up to give one of your guns infinite ammo. Personally, I chose the M1911 for my first infinite ammo weapon. Not only is it versatile, but it’s great for dealing with the majority of basic enemies you’ll come across.
If you plan on 100% Resident Evil Village you’ll absolutely want to utilize NG+ at least once.