It's been well-established at this point that the upcoming Resident Evil Village is a direct sequel to 2017's Resident Evil 7. Capcom's latest survival horror adventure will pick up with Ethan Winters, the unfortunate soul who found himself tormented by the Baker family while searching for his missing wife in the last game.
Resident Evil Village will once again see poor old Ethan embroiled in a horrifying ordeal beyond his control, as he comes face-to-face with the likes of Lady Dimitrescu and troubled Chris Redfield who appears to have "lost his status as a hero". But while Capcom producers Tsuyoshi Kanda and Pete Fabiano previously hinted that Resident Evil Village will "conclude" Ethan's journey, it's actually only the second part of an intended trilogy that started with Resident Evil 7 and ends with Resident Evil 9.
(2/2) RE7>RE8>RE9 have a connected, planned out story as all ended up in dev close together.- AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem (@AestheticGamer1) April 11, 2021
I also suspect this is why they want to move past numbered titles after RE9, to tell more self-contained stories rather than have to plan out stories ahead of time, but its cool here.
This is according to AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem, a Resident Evil leaker who accurately reported on almost everything related to Village ahead of its announcement. Posting on Twitter, they wrote that "RE7>RE8>RE9 have a connected, planned out story". All three games have apparently been developed in close proximity, and the larger story has been settled on for some time. They added that a lot of plot elements from Resident Evil 7 will make more sense after Resident Evil Village.
AestheticGamer also said they believe Capcom wants to move away from numbered Resident Evil titles in an effort to tell more self-contained stories. The way in which both Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil Village's logos blend 7 and 8 into the titles would certainly support this transition away from numbers.
Resident Evil Village is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series consoles, and PC on May 7.
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