New details surrounding Resident Evil 9, the next mainline entry in the Capcom’s survival horror franchise and successor to Resident Evil Village, have leaked online. We first heard gameplay and setting details about the next installment last year followed by a report earlier this year claiming that it was targeting a release in 2025. Now, a new leak sheds a bit more light on the game’s development and story.
The leak originates from Dusk Golem, who has a decent track record of accurate leaks, especially surrounding the Resident Evil franchise. According to the leaker, Resident Evil 9 will end the current story arc in order for Capcom to move onto new ideas and focuses – and potentially take the franchise in new directions. It sounds like the current slate of mainline games, including Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Village, were always meant to be a trilogy.
Dusk Golem added that Resident Evil 9 currently has the longest development time and biggest budget at Capcom. It has reportedly been in development since 2018 and likely won’t release until 2025. Capcom was also apparently surprised at how smooth the development went on the Resident Evil 4 remake as it released ahead of schedule, though it seems like the ninth mainline game might need a bit more time to get right.
If the reports are true, then Resident Evil 9 will be the longest game that Capcom has ever had in development, lasting over seven years.
An older report claimed that the main “horror” focus of the next Resident Evil game will be on folkloric creatures such as wendigos, goatmen and other urban legends. It will be interesting to see where Capcom takes the story next and how it will resolve the current arc, especially since the Village DLC concluded the Winters family saga. As with all reports and rumours, take this with a gran of salt until we get confirmation from Capcom.
Source: Dusk Golem