Since January this year, we’ve heard rumblings of a new Resident Evil game being in development since 2016 – with all signs pointing to Resident Evil 8. Reportedly, the game will see the return of Resident Evil 7‘s protagonist, Ethan, in the lead role. However, instead of the undead or the molded, Ethan will go up against werewolves – which sounds awesome if true. Thanks to a recent rumour coming from a somewhat reliable source, it seems like 2021 might be the year of Resident Evil 8, and best of all: it will be cross-gen.
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According to Twitter user AestheticGamer, who has a fairly trustworthy history of accurate leaks in the past (though some not coming to fruition), 2021 will be the year we see another Resident Evil title. This was retweeted by Nibel, another industry specialist who only reports on leaks and rumours if there’s some semblance of credibility to them. This isn’t to say you should take this as truth, but it seems reliable enough. AestheticGamer also stated that the next RE title will be cross-gen too, arriving on both current-gen and next-gen platforms.
The thread linked in the tweet above mentions a few interesting details. While it doesn’t specifically mention that it could be Resident Evil 8, seeing as the game has been in development since the end of 2016 (which would’ve been around the time Resident Evil 7 wrapped up development), it’s easy to deduce thanks to some points. AestheticGamer mentions that its “development is similar to the original Resident Evil 3, not the remake”, causing some die-hard fans to dig deep into the franchises history for answers. One popular theory is that, like with the third game’s the more action-heavy direction, RE8 might lean into that territory as well.
Finally, AestheticGamer makes two big statements: the announcement will happen fairly soon, and that it will mark the biggest departure that the series has ever taken. This point may be in reference to previous leaks that RE8 will feature werewolves as the primary enemies – something that I’m sure, like AestheticGamer said, will certainly be met with anger from fans. If you ask me, we have too many zombie games flooding the market right now. It would be nice to usher in the age of the much cooler werewolves.
As always, take all of this with a grain of salt until we have confirmation from Capcom or PlayStation themselves.