New Resident Evil 8 Trailer Shows Just How Spooky The Village Will Be

A new trailer during Sony's PS5 event takes us through Resident Evil's next setting and sets up a bit of backstory.

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You're stuck in a village, there are vicious-looking werewolf people, and Chris Redfield is seemingly a very bad dude: welcome to Resident Evil 8, known as Resident Evil Village. We got another look at the game during Sony's latest PS5 showcase, and although the trailer didn't reveal much in the way of new story details, it did give off some serious Resident Evil 4 vibes.

You can check out the trailer from the showcase below, which seems to pick up where our last look at Resident Evil 8 left off--immediately after Chris Redfield seemingly kills off a key character from Resident Evil 7. Although we know this story seems to start with and revolve around this character's death, the latest trailer gives the serious sense that they've still got a big role to play. Ethan, the protagonist of the last game, is also back to survive more monster-filled mysteries.

At the center of this new trailer is a voice-over from Ethan's wife Mia as she tells a folklore-like story about a mother and daughter who head into the woods to gather berries for the girl's father. During their hunt, the girl gets ahead of the mother and disappears into the woods. We don't hear more than that, but it certainly sounds like nothing good happens after the girl vanishes into the forest. Given that the tale is cut with images of hairy, monster-like humans and occult-looking symbols, chances are pretty good you're going to be dealing with whatever she met out there.

Capcom shared a little more detail on its website. After the tragedy that upends Ethan and Mia's peaceful life together following the events of REVII, he's drawn to the snowy village we see in the trailers. Here's how Capcom's post about the trailer describes it:

"While the village itself may look pristine from all the freshly fallen snow, disturbing events are happening just out of sight. Flickering movements catch the corners of Ethan's eyes, while strange shapes loom on the horizon. It's among the dilapidated sheds and houses that he may find his answers... or he may find something far more sinister. Strange creatures, odd symbols, and an unusual fairy tale all come together with the power of the RE Engine in the latest trailer to make Resident Evil Village a true showcase of next-generation survival horror."

The trailer also ends on a pretty evocative image of a castle. The subtitle of "Village" has already made Resident Evil 8 feel like it has some factors in common with Resident Evil 4, which also took place in a rural European village and also prominently featured a spooky castle. Is that a coincidence, or do the two stories have more in common than we've been shown so far? Unfortunately, we'll be waiting until sometime next year to find out.

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