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Capcom’s Resident Evil Showcase offered up plenty of RE4 and Village news

Between the two games, there’s a lot of Resident Evil on the horizon for series fans. Capcom’s RE Showcase had it all on display yesterday.

Showing off

Unlike some other horror series’ that have seemingly just woken up, Capcom has been cranking on Resident Evil for a while now. It’s been a mixture of new games, like Village, and remakes in the vein of Resident Evil 2 and 3. And that approach doesn’t look like it’s going to be altered anytime soon.

Yesterday’s Resident Evil Showcase told that story all too well. The show detailed both Resident Evil Village’s new “Winters” expansion, and the new remake of RE4 that’s coming up.

Winters has come at last

Well, almost. The Winters Expansion is definitely on the way for Village fans, set to deliver the Shadows of Rose campaign chapter, plus third-person mode. That’s right, Winters will take Village back to the tried-and-true TPS style, offering an alternative to the main game’s FPS mechanics.

On top of being available separately, The Winters Expansion will also be included in the new Gold Edition of the game. That’ll obviously include the base game, plus the new DLC. If you’re itching to play, you can get a jump too, thanks to a demo of Winters that should be out right now.

The full game is set for release on Xbox and PlayStation platforms, as well as Steam for the PC, on October 28th. Pre-orders are indeed open now, and if you do order up in advance, you’ll get the “Street Wolf Outfit as a special bonus for heroine Rose Winters” for your trouble.

A side-note here, as the multiplayer REverse experience will be offering up an early look too. That’ll be available to all Village owners, free of charge, opening up on Oct. 23, 2022 at 7pm pacific time and running through Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 at 11am (pacific).

On the hunt

The other star of the show, was pretty clearly Resident Evil 4. A breakthrough game for the series, the original RE4 completely changed the formula and brought out new villains and a new viral agent. Of course, it also elevated Leon Kennedy from Raccoon City survivor, to action hero.

Now that game is back, and looking pretty incredible thanks to Capcom’s latest REmake.

Resident Evil 4 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi debuted the first long look at the highly anticipated title with an extended gameplay segment for the opening minutes of the adventure, plus a new story trailer foreshadowing what surprises lie in wait for new players and returning fans. The footage of Leon S. Kennedy’s harrowing first encounter with the Ganados highlights how the development team is introducing modern design techniques and state-of-the-art graphics to both faithfully recreate and add depth to the original game’s vision. This first look at combat showed only some of the new ways Ganados attack, chase, and outflank Leon with staggering speed and ferocity. In order to walk the razor thin line between survival and a grim fate, Leon’s arsenal of weapons and close combat maneuvers now include the ability to parry enemy attacks and deliver finishing blows with his knife.

Capcom press release

Along with everything that you’d expect from it, RE4 will also offer up some gameplay changes. According to Capcom, the game will put an emphasis on player choice. The publisher adds that the game will maintain “the core experience while introducing modern ideas”. Expect a lot more on that soon(ish).

Resident Evil 4 will launch for Xbox and PlayStation platforms, plus the PC, on March 24th, 2023. You can expect to see a standard, deluxe, and Collector’s Edition of the game. The later will include “a Leon figure, physical map, art book, and more”.

But wait, there’s more

Along with all of the above, Capcom has also revealed that Village will be coming to PSVR2, as well as Macs. So almost no matter what you’re playing on, if it’s a modern gaming machine you can play Capcom’s latest.

Also worth a mention, is that RE2, 3, 7, and Village will all be coming to Switch via Cloud Streaming. Look for more down the line on those as well.

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