The star of Resident Evil 7 biohazard and Resident Evil Village, Ethan Winters, has always been a bit camera shy. Capcom has intentionally obscured the character’s face in both games and will continue to do so in the upcoming third-person perspective option for Village, arriving next week.
For Resident Evil Village’s Winters’ Expansion, players will have the option to play the first-person game with an over-the-shoulder third-person view. Game director Kento Kinoshita said during Capcom’s Resident Evil Showcase on Thursday that the expansion – which comes bundled with the main game in the Resident Evil Village Gold Edition – is the perfect reason to return to Village. But don’t go into it hoping for a clear look at old Ethan. Kinoshita says that “even in third-person mode, if you try to turn the camera to see his face, Ethan will look away.”
(Players can now try out Resident Evil Village’s third-person perspective, thanks to a limited-time demo available on all existing platforms, offering 60 minutes of gameplay.)
Players will not have such problems seeing Rose Winters, however, Ethan’s grown daughter and the other star of the Winters’ Expansion. She returns to the game’s title village to learn more about her past and free herself from unwanted magical powers. Kinoshita said that Rose’s story, Shadows of Rose, is set in the “Realm of Consciousness”, and players should expect it to get surreal.
In Capcom’s Resident Evil Showcase, the company offered a taste of that unusual, spooky gameplay, confirming that fans of giant dolls and clowns are not allowed to show up for Shadows of Rose.
Resident Evil Village Gold Edition and the Winters’ Expansion arrive on October 28 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. In addition to the third-person mode and the new Shadows of Rose chapter, players can get also updates to The Mercenaries mode, featuring playable versions from Chris Redfield, Lady Alcina Dimitrescu, and Karl Heisenberg. All Resident Evil Village owners will also get access to a new multiplayer mode, Resident Evil RE:Verse.
Resident Evil Village is also coming to Mac and Nintendo Switch (in cloud-based form) on October 28.