There are multiple Resident Evil projects in development. Some are confirmed while some are just rumors. Here’s a breakdown of each one.
Resident Evil seems to be bigger in 2021 than it’s ever been. If all the rumors and leaks are to be trusted, there could be at least four different games in development as we speak.
This may be more than any other time in the series history. But that’s not all; there are also projects in the film and TV pipeline. And each of these is officially confirmed.
Upcoming Resident Evil Games
Here are all the Resident Evil games known or rumored at the moment of writing:
Resident Evil Village (RE8)
Let’s start with Resident Evil Village, which was unveiled yesterday at Capcom’s Showcase event. Like RE7, this will be a traditional survival horror game and will be in first person once again.
It will feature the RE7 protagonist Ethan Winters' return, who’s ended up in the titular Village to look for his daughter following her kidnapping. The game will also see the return of series regular Chris Redfield – although possibly in an antagonistic capacity.
The game’s first demo called ‘Maiden’ is out today and features an original story helping the titular character escape the sinister castle.
The game will release internationally on the 7th of May 2021. And will release on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and PS4, Xbox One.
We’ve compiled everything we know about Resident Evil Village here.
Also announced during the RE Showcase event, RE: Verse will be the latest RE multiplayer game. It will release alongside RE Village but will also release separately.
It uses a cool cell-shaded graphic style on top of the traditional RE2,3 remake engine. Players will be able to control a variety of RE characters from earlier games and enemies and bosses like Nemesis.
The game is a celebration of Resident Evil’s 25th-anniversary event, so we hope it lives up to the series’s prestige.
We first heard about the game when Capcom started inviting RE Ambassador members to try the closed beta. This will take place later in the year before the game releases.
We very much hope it’s better than some of the previous online-only RE games. We are looking at you, Umbrella Corp.
Resident Evil Outrage (Rumor)
RE Outrage is unconfirmed and may not even be real, but the game was leaked by reliable industry insider DuskGolem. It was also listed in the recent major Capcom leak, so there’s probably some truth to it.
According to DuskGolem, the game will release on the Nintendo Switch and will feature RE0 hero Rebecca Chambers as a playable character. Although we don’t know if it will be a Nintendo exclusive or a timed exclusive.
Rumors suggest the game is essentially Resident Evil Revelations 3 and that its final title is still to be decided by Capcom.
The recent RE Village showcase didn’t offer any clues, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted when/if we learn more.
Resident Evil 4 Remake (Rumor)
After the success of the original RE, RE2, and RE3 remakes, it’s natural that Capcom would want to look for more games to update. RE4 is a natural choice; after all, it’s one of the most celebrated RE games ever and is next on the list.
The question is, does it even need remaking? Also, technically RE: Code Veronica is next in line before RE4. But unlike RE4, CV is not that well known and isn’t as critically acclaimed either. (Despite being fantastic).
The RE4 remake was also part of the big Capcom leak, but we’d be wise to take this with a pinch of salt until we have official confirmation.
Although the evidence to support the existence of a RE4 remake being in development is starting to mount. And let’s be honest, it would sell a lot of copies for Capcom.
Upcoming Resident Evil Movies and TV Projects
Now let’s break down all the Resident Evil movies and TV shows in active development:
Resident Evil Infinite Darkness
Resident Evil Infinite Darkness will be the latest animated RE movie, following RE Degeneration, Damnation, and Vendetta's footsteps. Like these movies, it’s also going to in the same story universe as the games.
This time, the movie will be produced by Netflix and will star RE2 protagonists Leon and Claire, who must fend off the undead hordes once again.
Infinite Darkness will arrive sometime this year. We think it will come out around April, shortly before Resident Evil Village.
This is because previous animated Resident Evil movies have usually come out just before a new major entry.
Live-Action Netflix Show
Netflix is also working on their own live action Resident Evil series. This one won’t be part of the same timeline as the games, instead opting for its own separate universe.
The series will involve villain Albert Wesker’s daughters Jade and Billie moving to Racoon City alongside their evil father.
We imagine the city will once again succumb to a zombie outbreak, forcing the Wesker girls to face their father’s dark history. While the series shares some similarities with the game’s storyline, Wesker didn’t have any daughters in the games.
Although he did have an estranged son in the games called Jake, but there’s been no word of his involvement in this project.
There’s no release date for the new Netflix series so far, but we estimate it will arrive either this year or in 2022.
The final Resident Evil project in development currently is a reboot of the Resident Evil movies. This time however, they will be influenced by the games, unlike Paul Anderson’s action-horror series.
While the previous movies were a success at the box office, they were usually panned critically and alienated fans of the games.
We know that this movie will retell the events of RE1 and RE2, so expect to see the STARS team enter the Spencer Mansion and the subsequent infection of Racoon City.
By the sounds of it, this will be the Resi movie fans have always wanted. So we’re looking forward to seeing it when it arrives later this year.
The film stars Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Avan Jogia, Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper, Neal McDonough, and Donal Logue. Johannes Roberts will direct the movie, and Sony Pictures will produce it.
There’s also more classics coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2021.