Just days before the launch of Resident Evil 3 Remake, we got word that the 2021 installment of Resident Evil would be a big departure and that “a lot of people would be pissed off about it.” The same guy that shared this information, Aesthetic Gamer, is a fairly reliable leaker (he’s been right more than he’s been wrong) and has now shared a little more information about Resident Evil 8 and what we can expect from it.
What We Know About Resident Evil 8
Apparently, RE8 actually began life as Resident Evil Revelations 3. If you’re not aware, the “Revelations” name is being used as a spin-off and gap filler for Resident Evil games that are different. It has worked so far as Revelations 2, for example, was a pretty big hit. Word is that Capcom liked the early version of the game so much (it’s supposedly been in development since 2016, by the way) that the company decided it should be part of the main series, so it has now become RE8.
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
But, this isn’t the only big news coming for Aesthetic Gamer today. The leaks about a snowy European village and werewolves were true, but a lot has changed. He now claims that the game has gone through some “huge” changes to make it worthy of being part of the main series but, at the same time, “many purists are going to hate it.” The reason for the hate, he claims, is that the game is taking some serious departures in terms of the story, enemies, and characters. He claims there will even be “hallucinations, occult insanity, and the inability to trust others” as a main focal point of the game. Taking things a bit further, it’ll also be played in the first person perspective, just like Resident Evil 7.
For now, it’s said that the game will be cross-gen, which means it’ll be available for the current crop of consoles as well as the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. It should be revealed in the next few months, and Aesthetic Gamer says he’ll be able to reveal more within the next month, so we’re going to be hearing more about this in the near future. It was suspected that RE8 would debut during E3 2020, but that has since been canceled so the logistics of its official announcement are still a complete mystery. It’s still believed that RE8 will launch in 2021, but you should probably take that with a grain of salt as well.
Resident Evil 8 in Virtual Reality is Possible
With this latest news and thinking about how Resident Evil 7 was received, we’re thinking there’s potential here for RE8 to enter the VR world. It will be a cross-gen title and Virtual Reality has taken huge leaps in the last couple of years. There’s word that PlayStation, for example, is working on a next-gen VR experience and can you imagine playing any Resident Evil title with next-gen graphics in an immersive VR experience? It sounds scary and amazing, that’s for sure.
This Isn’t the First Time a Resident Evil Spin-Off Has Gone Mainline
In case you didn’t know, Resident Evil 3 (yes, the one that was just remastered) wasn’t originally meant to be a main entry in the RE series and should have been another spin-off. This isn’t surprising considering how it fits somewhere in the middle of the first Resident Evil and the second, time-wise. But, the point is that it started life as a spin-off and eventually became part of the main series as well, and it turned out to be a bit hit. So, while RE8 is said to take the first-person perspective and will be a huge departure, you should take all of this with a bit of skepticism and, honestly, be open to what happens. The only thing constant in the world is change, and while the next RE title might be different, it sounds like it might end up being pretty cool anyway.
If you haven’t done so already, check out our full review of Resident Evil 3 or our comparison of the Xbox Series X vs. the PlayStation 5.