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22 Jan 2021

Resident Evil 8 Gameplay Trailer Revealed During RE Showcase Event

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Resident Evil 8 Gameplay Trailer

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Playable Demo

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Last night Capcom hosted the RE Showcase event, giving fans a look at what to expect from the Resident Evil series in 2021.

2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the Resident Evil series, with the first game releasing on March 22nd 1996.

Resident Evil 8 Gameplay Trailer

During the RE Showcase event, we finally got to see gameplay for the upcoming Resident Evil 8.

In the demo, we got to see a variety of different aspects of the game.

From the environments and locations to new characters and enemies, as well as the return of a fan favourite character.

The game will once again be in first-person, the same as Resident Evil 7, and players will also take control of Ethan Winters.

In the demo we see Ethan make his way from the village to the castle, before being ambushed by the witches, who manifest from a swarm of moths.

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CHEESE: These women aren't here to play.

We also get a look at the tall lady, who seems to have a very prominent role in the story.

The combat has been drastically improved over RE7, with it seeming to be a lot smoother this time around.

READ MORE: RE8 will release on last-gen systems

Guarding and defense plays a big part in the combat, allowing Ethan to block attacks, as well as knock enemies back to give players some breathing room.

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SWEET CHIN MUSIC: Ethan will be able to kick enemies to block their attacks.

The inventory management from Resident Evil 4 makes a return, a system often hailed as the best in the series.

In addition to the inventory management is the new crafting mechanic, allowing players to craft First Aid meds and ammo.

Resident Evil 8 will also have a large variety of weapons.

In the demo, we got to see a handgun, shotgun, sniper rifle, and grenades.

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FAMILIAR: The Resident Evil 4 inventory management system returns in RE8.

A familiar face from RE4 also makes a return, the Merchant.

This time he is called the Duke and rather than being a mysterious cloaked figure, he is now an overweight older man.

READ MORE: Worldwide release date for Resident Evil 8 announced.

But the concept is the same, players can buy and sell weapons and items, as well as upgrade weapons.

He will be found in various places across the game.

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WHAT ARE YA BUYING?: The Merchant makes a return as The Duke.

In true Resident Evil fashion, there will be a large emphasis on puzzle-solving.

Chase sequences also make a return, much like the Jack Baker chase section of Resident Evil 7.

Playable Demo

PS5 owners can download a free demo of Resident Evil 8 now.

This demo is a unique experience and doesn't feature a section from the game.

Instead, players will take control of Maiden as she has to solve puzzles to escape the castle.

Another demo will be released for all platforms in the Spring.

Release Date

Resident Evil 8 will launch worldwide on May 7th 2021.

The game will release on PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.

READ MORE: Everything that happened during the RE Showcase event.

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