Famitsu is a pretty strong player in the world of Japanese video games. The most popular gaming magazine in Japan, many developers give them exclusive scoops on games, long before anyone else.
Following in that trend, Resident EvilVillage producers Peter Fabiano and Tsuyoshi Kanda gave them an exclusive interview regarding the upcoming game. Comprised of twelve questions, this interview gives a little insight into what’s coming up in the eighth numbered installment.
These questions are translated courtesy of Alex Aniel over on Twitter.
Question 1: Development Timeline
Famitsu: “It’s been two and a half months since Resident Evil 3 released and we’re surprised to see another numbered title announced already. How long has the game been in development?”
P+T: “It’s been three and a half years since we began planning the title.”
Question 2: Chris
Famitsu: “Chris was in Resident Evil 7; what’s he been up to since then? What’s his relationship with Ethan and Mia?”
P+T: “It’s not strange to think they formed a new relationship since Resident Evil 7 based on their shared experience. We hope we gave players that impression! But we may defy your expectations! (laughs)”
Question 3: Resident Evil Village Title
F: “The VIII appears in the ‘VILLAGE’ logo. Why didn’t you call it Resident Evil 8?”
P+T: “You can say the VILLAGE is another protagonist in the game. We want players to clearly understand that.”
Question 4: His Story
F: “The trailer says ‘his story comes to a close’. Who is that referring to?”
P+T: “We’ll let you decide. But know that Village is a sequel to Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, and serves as the conclusion to its story.”
Question 5: Choice
F: “Resident Evil 7‘s Ethan is the protagonist. There’s an option in 7 that changes the story. Which does Village follow?”
P+T: “Look closely at the trailer; you can see the connections between Ethan’s current situation and what happened in Resident Evil 7. If you haven’t played Resident Evil 7 yet, please do!”
Question 6: PTSD
F: “We’re curious about Chris this time. He had PTSD in Resident Evil 6. Now he seems to have lost his reputation as an experienced soldier again. What can you tell us?”
P+T: “Many feel Chris in the trailer shows he’s lost his hero status. Many have guessed why; look forward to the game.”
Question 7: The Village
F: “As the title suggests, the village is the setting. What’s the extent of it? What country is this in?”
P+T: “We can’t answer to what extent, but all we can say is the setting is somewhere in Europe.”
Question 8: FPS
F: “Village uses the isolated (first-person) view. Were fans highly responsive of Resident Evil 7? What has changed?”
P+T: “Both first-person and over-the-shoulder have merits, but we think first-person allows for a deeper immersive experience. We can’t comment on changes from Resident Evil 7, but we can say that first-person has greatly evolved in Village.”
Question 9: Developer Message
F: “You showed the inventory screen in the Special Developer’s Message. It looks like Resident Evil 4‘s attache case! (I filled it with eggs back in the day.) We’re looking forward to item management!”
P+T: “We can’t go into detail right now, but item management is very important! Please look forward to it.”
Question 10: Werewolf
F: “In the trailer, one of the creatures looks like a werewolf. It felt terrifying in a way I never felt before. Were they human? They look different from zombies and ganados.”
P+T: “It’s an enemy. They’ll face off against the protagonist. We can’t comment about their background.”
Question 11: Next-Gen
F: “This Resident Evil is for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. What has next-gen allowed you to achieve?”
P+T: “We’ve upgraded the graphics and sound. Also, the fact that loading times can’t be perceived is an important point. All in all, next-gen hardware allows for more immersive experiences.”
Question 12: Puzzles
F: “There was a screen that looked like a puzzle. We’re intrigued; is solving puzzles and integral part of Resident Evil?”
P+T: “On top of fear, combat and item management, exploration is a must in Resident Evil. Solving puzzles is definitely in; it expands the breadth of the gameplay.”
While the developers didn’t give much more away about Resident Evil Village that wasn’t in the Special Developer Message, more information will be out in August and we can’t wait to learn more! If you would like to pick up this issue of Famitsu with the Resident Evil Village interview, it can be purchased here on Amazon Japan.
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