Whoo doggy, I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was watching the announcement trailer for Resident Evil Village, an upcoming 2021 PlayStation 5 video game. For the majority of the trailer’s runtime, it was presented as a new, werewolf-centric title, with no mentioning of its context in the hit zombie survival horror franchise. The end title drop was, simply, Village. And then, thrillingly, the ‘VIII” of the word “Village” was highlighted, alongside the words Resident Evil. And it all clicked into place, causing me to knee-jerk chuck my wallet at my computer. Now, the cat’s out of the bag, and we’ve got a new Resident Evil Village trailer to look at. How does it play?
It plays… interestingly! Feeling more like a first look at an A24 horror film than a traditional video game trailer, this piece outlines the story of our hapless couple, Chris and Mia, and their descent into madness, while Mia insists that the horrors she spins are “just a local tale.” Most surprisingly, the trailer even has a Coraline-feeling stop-motion origin section, a fun bit of stylishness to surprise viewers with. And finally, after the logo drop (which does the same “VIII” trick with not as much effect), we get to see a familiar face from Resident Evil 4 whose voice echoes in my brains anytime I think about buying or selling anything.
Check out the new trailer and official synopsis for Resident Evil Village below.
Set a few years after the horrifying events in the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the all-new storyline begins with Ethan Winters and his wife Mia living peacefully in a new location, free from their past nightmares. Just as they are building their new life together, tragedy befalls them once again.