Resident Evil Village Release Date, Gameplay, and New Trailer Revealed

We finally have a Resident Evil Village release date, plus information about the RE Village demo, called the Maiden, gameplay, and more.

The Resident Evil showcase offered a tantalizing look at Resident Evil Village, complete with an RE Village release date, demo information, and even the name of the Internet's favorite tall vampire lady. Capcom also shared a new trailer and gameplay footage. 

First up, the important bits. The Resident Evil Village release date is set for May 7 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. It also releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One the same day, following some uncertainty whether Capcom could get Resident Evil Village on last-gen consolesResident Evil Village pre-orders are open now.

Resident Evil Village follows Ethan Winters' story after the events of Resident Evil 7 as he searches for his kidnapped daughter. Capcom didn't say much more about that, though presumably the village's massive castle holds some clue as to her whereabouts.

It's also where Lady Dimitrescu (aka Tall Lady) lives alongside her bloodthirsty vampire daughters hellbent on keeping Ethan in their clutches. They aren't the only monsters Ethan encounters in the village, though. Resident Evil Village features multiple enemy varieties and new ways for Ethan to deal with them thanks to the kick and guard features.

He'll also have access to a merchant, a la Resident Evil 4, who sells items, weapons, and crafting recipes, along with assistance customizing Ethan's existing weapons. But players will need to plan their inventory accordingly, since RE Village uses a management system that's also similar to Resident Evil 4's.

Finally, PlayStation 5 owners can download a special Resident Evil Village demo called The Maiden for a chance to experience some of the game's locations and lore sans combat. The RE Village demo will be available on other platforms later this spring.

Check out the trailer above for a better look at what to expect, and head over here to see the presentation in full, including some gameplay from Resident Evil Village (not the Maiden demo), which starts at 35 minutes in. 


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Jan. 22nd 2021

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