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Capcom’s original Resident Evil titles are considered some of the greatest survival horror games ever made (the original did invent the genre, after all), but the latest installment, Resident Evil Village, will overshadow them all. That’s according to RE8 producer Peter Fabiano, who recently told PlayStation Magazine about the Resident Evil teams’ development process and how their closely knit collaboration has resulted in what they believe to be “the best survival horror game to date.”

“Concepting and planning was something going through our developers’ minds since towards the end of Resident Evil VII: Biohazard,” Fabiano explained in a transcription shared by Wccftech. “The team grew quite attached to Ethan as a character so we knew we wanted to continue his story arc. We wanted to continue to have players experience the game through the eyes of protagonist Ethan Winters. This is a continuation of Resident Evil VII: Biohazard after all.”

“This really helped to keep our vision on target. And since we are constantly sharing information across Resident Evil teams, that really helped inform us in making what we consider the best survival horror game to date.”

Fabiano also confirmed that Shinji Mikami’s 2005 classic, Resident Evil 4, had served as a major inspiration for the eighth mainline installment of the legendary survival horror series. In addition to the village setting, RE8 hearkens back to RE4 with its merchant character, which protagonist Evan Winters can purchase weapons and items from.

“You’ll notice we took a lot of inspiration from Resident Evil 4,” noted Fabiano. “The team has put a ton of effort into creating a truly authentic feel. There are plenty of surprises to keep you on your toes; players will find a balance of combat, exploration, and puzzle solving.”

Resident Evil Village will released on May 5, 2021 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam. PS5 owners can get a sneak peek of the game right now by downloading its demo, Maiden, through the PlayStation Store.

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