It’s a big year for fans of the classic horror video game series Resident Evil.
On Friday, Capcom released “Resident Evil Village,” the eighth flagship title as the franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
The original Resident Evil launched in March 1996 for the first PlayStation video game console, then eventually released on other platforms including PCs and the Sega Saturn.
The franchise helped pioneer the genre “survival horror,” where players encounter powerful zombies and other supernatural creatures, using limited resources and their wits to escape. It has also branched out to the big screen, generating several films starring Milla Jovovich.
In Village, players assume the role of Ethan Winters, the main character from 2017’s “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Ethan has found a new home with his wife and baby daughter. Ethan’s home is attacked, and his daughter kidnapped, sending him on a quest to rescue her.
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This quest takes him through a mysterious village filled with wolf-like enemies and a wild cast of characters, most notably Lady Dimitrescu, the mistress of a castle overlooking the village who happens to stand over 9 feet fall and already has a major following by fans of the series.
In an email interview translated from Japanese, USA TODAY spoke with Resident Evil producer Tsuyoshi Kanda about the new game, the franchise’s…