In the recent Tokyo Game Show presentation, Capcom had news about one of its biggest releases for 2020 and beyond. it was revealed that the upcoming Resident Evil Village sequel is being developed for next-gen consoles. However, there is a chance it could come to current-gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One.
So what does this mean for the future of the franchise? Currently, the game has a pretty vague 2021 release date, and details are still very scarce. Given that, Capcom has been pretty tight-lipped, but some insights have been given.
Giving fans a glimpse into their thinking, Capcom did have some details to offer. They said that “while Resident Evil Village is being developed specifically for next-generation consoles and PC, we’re looking into delivering the experience on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well. We’re looking into it, but we can’t make any promises. However, we will do our best in creating a top tier survival horror experience on current generation consoles,” which suggests a current-gen port.
Other statements however paint a much more confusing picture. According to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Jim Ryan, games on the PS5 are “designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features” would also come to PS4, acknowledging that the PS4 community would transition to PS5 “at different times.”
So that would paint the picture that Capcom is going to have to essentially create a downgraded version for the port with this game. It will kind of suck to see content get cut or things changed, but it may just be something Xbox One and PS4 owners have to accept. Given that the game is also going for a different feel and themes, the game’s story would need some finesse to make the transfer.
According to Director Morimasa Sato, there’s a lot of “emphasis on letting you play the game the way you would act if you were there in real life.” So if Capcom cuts out the wrong stuff, there could be some depth lost in translation. We will just have to wait and see.
Resident Evil Village is currently aiming for a release on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and PC sometime in 2021. You can view the related Capcom presentation down below.