Report: Resident Evil 8 Will Be First-Person, Coming in 2021

The new game was originally meant to be a new installment in the Revelations subseries.

Fresh off the heels of Resident Evil 3 Remake and all its shirtless Carlos mod glory, rumors about what Resident Evil 8 will look like are circulating about, and VGC has independently confirmed some posted by insider Dusk Golem on Twitter, specially some that say the game will be more along the lines of Resident Evil 7 than other mainline games in the series.

First up, Resident Evil 8 will launch in 2021 and bring back Ethan Winters, one of the protagonists of Resident Evil 7. Along with bringing back its main character, Resident Evil 8 will be bringing that game’s signature first-person perspective with him. Beyond that, however, there will be a fair amount of departures from the series at large, including “hallucination and insanity segments,” as well as enemies based on mythical creatures like werewolves. Whether those types of enemies will be part of those previously mentioned hallucinations or Resident Evil 8 is taking a hard left turn away from the t-virus and zombies is unclear at this point.

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According to Dusk Golem and VGC, the game that will ultimately be revealed as Resident Evil 8 was originally meant to be a new installment in the Resident Evil: Revelations subseries, which has been dormant since Resident Evil: Revelations 2 launched in 2015. However, Capcom pivoted it to a mainline installment after it was received well during internal testing. Once the decision to make it into RE8 was decided, major changes were made to the story and characters to make it fit better in the canon of the franchise.

Dusk Golem also says it will be a cross-generation game, meaning you can expect it to come to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X when it launches next year. Which makes a fair bit of sense, as the PS5 and Xbox Series X won’t catch up in sales to the PS4 and Xbox One for several years on the market. Even Microsoft is acknowledging this with its first-party games, as it will be releasing games developed by Xbox Game Studios on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X to ensure games are available to the widest possible audience.

Originally the game would have been revealed at this year’s E3, but since the convention was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, just when Resident Evil 8 will make its debut is uncertain at this point.

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In the meantime, Resident Evil 3 Remake came out last week to keep fans occupied, which also came with the Resident Evil: Resistance multiplayer mode, which seems pretty dope. Beyond the games, Resident Evil also appears to have a TV show in the works over at Netflix, but the company took down the synopsis for the show almost immediately after posting it.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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