Resident Evil 9 revealed by RE7 director: ‘looks essential’

Key art of the original Resident Evil 4

Leon S. Kennedy is rumored to be the protagonist of the next game (Capcom)

Capcom has officially confirmed that they are working on a sequel to Resident Evil Village, adding weight to rumors of an open world game.

Resident Evil 9 is now officially in production, with Resident Evil 7 director Koshi Nakanishi announced as the director of the new game, whatever it’s called.

2017’s Resident Evil 7 was something of a soft reboot for the series after the disappointing fifth and sixth entries, and had a much stronger horror vibe than those and the follow-up Village. It is not known if this will also be the case for Resident Evil 9.

The announcement was made during a spot at Friday night’s Capcom Next showcase, but there was no indication of when a full reveal would take place or what kind of release date the game is aiming for.

‘We’re making a new Resident Evil. It was really hard to figure out what to do after 7 o’clock,” said Nakanishi.

“But I found it and to be honest it feels essential. I can’t share any details yet, but I hope you’re excited for the day I can.’

At first glance, this doesn’t seem to provide any information, but multiple rumors have already suggested that the new game will be open-ended (apparently using the technology from Dragon’s Dogma 2), which would certainly be a major change. for exclusivity.

Resident Evil rumors have been conflicting lately, and it’s hard to tell whether that’s due to bad information or a change of heart by Capcom.

The latest hint is that the game is still on schedule for release next year, which makes a reveal at The Games Awards in December possible – especially since Capcom has used Geoff Keighley’s events many times in the past, for announced new games.

As for the rest of the Capcom Next event, there was plenty about the new Dead Rising revamp – which is clearly a remake, not a remake.

The upcoming Ace Attorney Investigations and Marvel Vs. Capcom’s compilation also got some screen time and so did Kunitsu-Gami: Path Of The Goddess, which will be getting a free demo that we recommend you check out.

Capcom’s next big release is Monter Hunter Wilds, which is due out next year, but currently doesn’t have a release date. This makes it difficult to know whether it or Resident Evil 9 will come out first, if the latter is close to completion.

Resident Evil 9 could potentially launch late next year, but we’d imagine that early 2026 is probably a more realistic release window, although there hasn’t been any real pattern in release months for the past few titles modern – even though Resident Evil 7 came out in January.

Resident Evil 7 artwork

Resident Evil 7 was much scarier than Village (Capcom)

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