The gang over at fansite Residence of Evil have announced they are working on a game titled, Vigil: Prophecy of the Bestowed, which takes heavy inspiration from Resident Evil and other classics survival horror games.
The game was revealed via the Residence of Evil YouTube channel and will be developed by a studio called Moonlight. A trailer showcased very early footage of the game and provided details about what people can expect from the title.
The game wears its inspirations on its sleeve. We’ve got fixed camera angles, what seem to be tank controls, limited inventory space, and a creepy mansion. Though it does take heavy inspiration from old-school survival horror games, it will also have a humorous side. Considering how unintentionally funny the original Resident Evil game was, this inclusion feels right at home in a game like this.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Some concerns rose among the Residence of Evil fanbase (and the Rely on Horror Discord) surrounding some of the assets used in the trailer, which seemed to be taken directly from Resident Evil games. The original title, Residence of Evil: The Game, also made the game primed for a DMCA takedown. Capcom are notorious for shutting down fan projects, so people were concerned about whether this game would meet the same fate.
Thankfully, an update video has just been released that clears up all of these concerns. Besides the name change to, Vigil: Prophecy of the Bestowed, the video also reveals that the assets shown off in the trailer are placeholders. New assets will be created, but they are not ready to be shown off just yet. This means that the game probably won’t be taken down by Capcom as it is its own thing, which is nice.
Once the legalities were cleared up, the video also discussed gameplay elements, release platforms and pricing. The game will grant players with the ability to play as the four hosts of Residence of Evil, who will each have their own unique play styles and locations to explore. Initially, the game will be released exclusively on PC for free, and console ports will be determined by the games success and reception. The game is still very early in development, so there isn’t too much more information.
Considering early footage of the game, it is looking to be a pretty faithful homage to early survival horror. Now that all the legal stuff seems to be cleared up, Vigil: Prophecy of the Bestowed is gearing up to be an interesting title.