The first DLC slate for Resident Evil Village has been announced and it looks to seriously rock the survival horror game.
While Resident Evil Village might be best known for making the internet salivate over a ten-foot-tall aristocratic female mutant, it also stood out for its first-person camera angle. That’s all changing, however, as publisher Capcom announced during its recent showcase (opens in new tab) that a third-person mode is coming to the game as part of its new Winters expansion pack.
You will be able to play the entire main story in third person. The new game mode shifts the camera to the classic over-the-shoulder perspective from the series, giving you a wider view of whatever nasty stuff is popping up on Ethan.
Additionally, an expansion to Resident Evil Village’s side mode Mercenaries has also been revealed. The DLC adds a roster of playable villains to the arcade-style shooter, including Chris Redfield, Karl Hesienbarg, and none other than Lady Dimitrescu herself. They will all feature specific weapons and abilities.
Finally, the new DLC story Shadows of Rose was also announced. It follows the adult daughter of Resident Evil Village protagonist Ethan 16 years after the events of the original game. You will guide her as she tries to free herself from her curse, while encountering generous help from grotesque, creaky monsters along the way.
All three expansions will be bundled as part of the Winters’ Expansion collection, which will also be bundled with the base game as part of Resident Evil Village Gold Edition. Both are scheduled to be released on October 28th.
A change in camera angle can radically bring down a game, especially a fear-filled shooter like Resident Evil. The series shifted to a first-person perspective with 2017’s Resident Evil 7, as it moved away from the action-oriented gunplay that characterized previous titles in favor of scare-drenched horror.
The move was a resounding success. Running around Baker Ranch through the eyes of a helpless protagonist, unable to see what’s behind you without turning to face it head-on, only accentuated Resident Evil 7’s abiding atmosphere of dread. Resident Evil Village continued the trend, as it borrowed the scarier side of the series.
Playing in the Village in a third-person mode will certainly reshape the atmosphere of the game, but it offers a good reason to return to the Village for another playthrough. It also changes the game to bear a closer resemblance to the Resident Evil 2 Remake and the latest version of Resident Evil 3. All three games just got a free current-gen update, so you might want to continue this one.
Between those shooters, Village and the upcoming Resident Evil 4 Remake, Capcom has homogenized the series into a set of gorgeous third-person shooters suited to the latest game hardware and design.
A new third-person mode is also a fighting tribute to the series’ legacy. The over-the-shoulder camera style that now dominates third-person shooters was first popularized by Resident Evil 4. What better way to pay homage to that game than by changing Village to match.