Report: Resident Evil 8 set for 2021 release

Report: Resident Evil 8 set for 2021 release

We now may have an idea of what the next entry in Capcom's Resident Evil franchise looks like.

As revealed by industry insider Dusk Golem revealed on Twitter (below) – and verified by VGC – Resident Evil 8 is set to release in 2021. The title will star Resident Evil 7's protagonist Ethan Winters and will also once again use a first-person perspective.

The game reportedly will take a more psychological approach to horror, with hallucinations and sections of the experience where you are experiencing a loose grip on your sanity. Oh, and there are apparently enemies based on creatures such as werewolves. On paper, it sounds somewhat similar to one of the early concepts for Resident Evil 4.

Dusk Golem also reports that Resident Evil 8 was initially planned to be a brand new entry in the Resident Evil Revelations spin-off series. However, the game was met positively internally at Capcom, hence it becoming a mainline entry.

A 2021 release date would make this the third Resident Evil title in three years, following 2019's Resident Evil 2 remake and the recently-released reimagining of Resident Evil 3.

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