Everything we’ve seen (and played) of Resident Evil: Village so far has felt like it could be an interesting departure from the usual Survival Horror the series is famous for, but there’s something a bit familiar about it as well.
If you could compare Village to any other Resident Evil game, the obvious choice would be Resident Evil 4. The rural European setting, a mysterious Merchant, and the appearance of a castle are chief reasons why, and according to Village Producer Peter Fabiano, that’s a deliberate choice.
In an interview found in the latest edition of the UK PlayStation Magazine, Fabiano confirms the 2005 classic played a big part in the development of Resident Evil Village saying ‘we took a lot of inspiration from Resident Evil 4. The team has put a ton of effort into creating a truly authentic feel. ‘
Fabiano goes on to say there will be a balance of combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving that should be similar to the mix found in Resi 4 (the variety of guns and enemy numbers shown in footage so far have suggested a more action-heavy tone when compared to the majority of Resident Evil 7).
We’re (hopefully!) not too far away from discovering just how much of Resident Evil 4 has rubbed off on Village. Will Leon Kennedy be back to suplex foes in some form? On May 17, PC and console players will find out.