Resident Evil franchise features many characters from different sub-series in the same Resident Evil universe, so it’s no surprise to see recurring characters throughout the franchise. The latest addition in the series, Resident Evil Biohazard, introduced Ethan Winters, whose journey continues in the upcoming Resident Evil: Village. Does this make Resident Evil 8 a middle chapter of a trilogy?
It appears so, at least according to an article published by GamesRadar, which mentions leaked information regarding the upcoming video game title Resident Evil: Village and its story placement between the previous installment and the future one. Referencing information leaked by Twitter user AestheticGamer a.k.a. Dusk Golem, Resident Evil 8 won’t be a final chapter in Ethan Winters’ story. His tweets suggest that Resident Evil 7 was the beginning of the trilogy, stating that Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 8, and Resident Evil 9 have a connected, planned out story, sharing very close development and an overarched narrative.
Resident Evil Biohazard (Resident Evil 7) was a much-needed, soft reboot for the series after the mixed-reviewed Resident Evil 6, which received negative-to-mixed criticism for its story. Resident Evil 7 introduced a new story, with re-introduced classic Resident Evil characters, which returned the franchise to its survival-horror roots. It also featured a cleverly embedded number 7 as a Roman numeral in the title, which is something we’ve seen in the upcoming game’s announcement.
Resident Evil Village continues the story of Ethan Winters, who ends up in a mysterious European village a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. It’s announced that the upcoming game provides answers to vague and unanswered story elements from Resident Evil 7, featuring some older characters and a brand-new villain, Lady Dimitrescu. In light of new information regarding Resident Evil 8 as a middle chapter of the trilogy, the game might answer old questions and introduce new ones for the next installment in the franchise to answer – if the leaked information is valid.
AestheticGamer, aka Dust Golem, has proven to be a reliable source of Resident Evil leaks, with an impressive track history. He previously revealed the release of the Resident Evil Village demo with combat, which is increasingly likely to happen. However, the disclosed information regarding trilogies and demos isn’t officially confirmed and should be taken with a grain of salt.
With that said, a good deal of previously known information matches leaked info, like the franchise’s distancing from murderous zombies and quantitative titles, which seems legitimate, given new storylines and clever blending of roman numerals in respective titles. Sure, Resident Evil 7 made a step from murderous zombies to murderous humanoid fungi, and Resident Evil 8 introduces new elements, like vampires, witches, and werewolves, so the information checks out, at least so far. Supposedly, Ethan’s story won’t end in the Village if the information is correct, and Resident Evil 9 is reportedly already in development.
Whatever the case may be, Resident Evil Village brings new elements and twist to the story, layered with incredibly dark tones. The fans are anxiously anticipating the upcoming Resident Evil 8, scheduled to release on May 7, 2021, on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 4 PlayStation 5.