Capcom has revealed that Resident Evil Village was already in improvement for six months on the time Resident Evil 7 was launched. While it’s not unusual for corporations to have plans for sequels, particularly in terms of established franchises, director Morimasa Sato advised IGN that the builders have been somewhat anxious about this method as a result of Resident Evil 7 was a departure from the sequence.
“We were still busy developing Resident Evil 7, but my boss told me to start planning for the next entry in the series,” Sato revealed. “At the time, we had no idea how users would react towards the new horror experience and characters of 7 yet. We had no idea how the change of perspective would be received, so at first we were quite worried. But when we released Resident Evil 7 about half a year after the development of Village started, it was received very well. This helped us decide to make Village a direct sequel.”
Resident Evil Village is a sequel to Resident Evil 7, however it’s closely impressed by Resident Evil 4‘s DNA. Producer Tsuyoshi Kanda told IGN that Capcom has “designed the game and its structure with Resident Evil 4’s essence in thoughts.”
“In the history of the series, I believe that Resident Evil 4 is where the action and combat evolved the most,” added Sato. “Interestingly, Resident Evil 4 was also set in a village. For Resident Evil Village, we’re bringing the essence of Resident Evil 4, while Resident Evil 7 functions as the base for the game. It’s not a reboot of Resident Evil 4, but the offspring of both Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 4.”
Resident Evil Village will launch on May seventh.