Rumor: Resident Evil 8 Due Out 2021, Will be a “Serious Departure”
What, are you still playing that Resident Evil 3 Remake? It’s been out for two whole days, why aren’t you getting ready for Resident Evil 8!? Joking aside, Capcom’s plans are moving ahead no matter what we’re currently playing, and we may have an idea of what may be next. DuskGolem, yet again, has spilled their beans across Twitter, this time explaining some of his previously mysterious tweets are (as speculated) related to Resident Evil 8. The journey behind it sounds pretty interesting, but I’ll let him explain it:
Okay, so the little game is done. This will be breaking this month with more details later not by myself, but I’ve needed to clear some stuff up. “Resident Evil 2021″ is Resident Evil 8, but it wasn’t always RE8. During most of its development it existed as Revelations 3.
The reason I said RE8 was “years away” earlier this year is last year a RE8 was in development, & that one is years away. But Capcom didn’t want a huge gap between RE7 and RE8, so that title got pushed to the side for now, & internal testing and such was super positive on Rev 3.
Revelations 3 was received a lot better by testers, internally, etc, than they expected. So the game’s been given an additional year in the oven to convert itself to RE8. The Ambassador leaks about Werewolves and Ethan in a Snowy Village are 100% true, but they’re outdated info.
The game has been going through some huge changes to make it more like a “mainline” title, big changes to the story, characters, etc. So specifically what you’ve heard may not be fully true in the final, but a number of elements remain. So as I’ve said, it’s a cross-gen game.
Should be revealed within the next few months, it is first-person, and many purists are going to hate it because it’s taking some serious departures in the story/enemies and the like. Hallucinations, Occultism, insanity and not being able to trust others are huge thematics of the game. The rest I’ll leave to be revealed later this month, but the game I am incredibly excited about. And I suggest those weary should be open-minded, most who played the game near-finished as Rev 3 think it’s terrific. It’ll probably be a high-quality game.
I’ve heard a few people question how a Revelations game (which has traditionally been treated as a series of lower-budget side games) could be promoted to a full numbered title, but it wouldn’t be the first time. I also understand how it would be easy to dismiss Dusk Golem’s tweets as he actively corrects previous information he leaked, but regardless of what you believe — a new Resident Evil is absolutely coming in the near future and it’s probably Resident Evil 8.
Some fans have been quick to forget, but Capcom held a special tester event back in March (just before REmake 3’s release) for an “unannounced title”, which we’ve received tips that that title is indeed Resident Evil 8. We’d rather not go into more detail in order to protect the tipsters (I know that sounds vague, but NDAs were involved and we’re not risking that), but suffice it to say the information lines up with what DuskGolem has stated in the past — look forward to a very different feeling terror, although I’d argue not entirely unfamiliar if you’re very into the history of Resident Evil‘s canceled games.
For now, there’s no way of knowing when we’ll learn more about Resident Evil 8. E3 has been canceled in the wake of the international pandemic, and many games have been delayed indefinitely. It’s very possible the next generation of consoles and titles will see the same delays, so we might not see any confirmation for a good long while yet. Admittedly, Sony has been the console behind every RE reveal since RE7, and E3’s presence would never have had any effect on that either way given their State of Play streams taking the place of their old press conferences. In the meantime, Resident Evil 3 Remake is here now, and Resistance with it!