Another Resident Evil game surfacing only months after the release of Resident Evil: Village shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that we’re discussing one of Capcom’s best-selling franchises. The ongoing development of the franchise now spans over eight mainline entries, and over a dozen spin-offs, with the upcoming Resident Evil 9 in active development and with its release date revealed.
Capcom started developing Resident Evil 9 back in 2018, according to a frequent Resident Evil leaker, AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem. You can see their Tweet below.
He believes that the upcoming game will have the longest development period of any previous Resident Evil game, surmising that it will take six or perhaps even seven years to develop. If Dusk Golem’s approximations are true, they put Resident Evil 9’s release date somewhere in 2024 or 2025, meaning the franchise’s fans will have to wait at least three years for another game.
However, this isn’t the first time AestheticGamer mentions Resident Evil 9. He previously leaked information about Resident Evil: Village being the middle chapter of a trilogy, which started its narrative arc with 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The ending Resident Evil: Village set up the stage for a potential Resident Evil 9 narrative, which is now centered on Ethan Winters daughter Rose, who is now a teenager – and one with superpowers.
This stirs up the muddied waters of speculation because it’s unclear whether Rose ages faster than other humans or if there was a significant time jump between RE: Village and the upcoming Resident Evil 9. The latter of two options has interesting implications on other franchise characters, meaning that Chris Redfield is likely an old man in Resident Evil 9, impacting his involvement in the story. But if Rose ages faster than other humans, Chris, the man who punched a boulder, could still be involved. But what about the fan-favorite Lady Dimitrescu? Frome the last we heard, she took a road trip to Fortnite after her little clash with Ethan Winters.
Despite AestheticGamer’s relatively reliable track record and Resident Evil: Village’s revealing ending, it’s best to take this information with a grain of salt. Capcom has yet to officially confirm the development of Resident Evil 9, in spite of all contextual clues left by the previous game and a direct teaser that blatantly reveals the game’s narrative. However, factoring in the success of Resident Evil: Village, which was by no count a perfect affair, given the ongoing lawsuits, a sequel is almost guaranteed. But it’s the one we’ll have to wait three years for. Hopefully, it’ll be worth it.
The story of Ethan Winters began in 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and culminates in Resident Evil: Village, when he sacrifices himself to defeat Lady Dimitrescu, the game’s antagonist and the breakout star of Capcom’s marketing division. Given her ongoing popularity and “the father’s story is now finished” line at the end of Village, Capcom might decide to revive her for the upcoming game, at least as a cameo.
In conclusion, the Resident Evil 9 game is yet to be announced by Capcom, with its official release date revealed by the game’s developer and publisher. However, if AestheticGamer’s predictions are accurate, we’ll see Rose Winters sometime in 2024 or 2025.