Sam Machkovech for Ars Technica:

The footage we’ve seen puts players in the shoes of Ethan Winters, RE’s protagonist, who is forced, once again, to find and explore a creepy mansion—though this one is far more palatial than the bayou-adjacent dump he previously explored. While searching for a missing family member, Ethan must contend with a new “family” of sorts: a mysterious, tall, and gorgeously attired matriarch, and her shapeshifting accomplices who seem to turn into waves of locusts and bleed through walls.

I’m not sure what to think about Resident Evil Village. On one hand, the game looks beautiful, Lady Dimitrescu is a fascinating, strange new villain, and, if my time with the Maiden demo for PS5 was any indication, it’ll be scary as hell.

On the other hand, aside from the mansion and another Chris Redfield, it doesn’t look like Resident Evil. None of the hallmarks of the old games are even slightly apparent anymore.

Does that mean it’ll be a bad game? Not at all. I really enjoyed 7 for what it was and the previously mentioned Maiden demo was genuinely creepy. It’s just that, as a fan of the original games who was generally disappointed in the direction of the series after Zero, I’m conflicted.

Assuming I can get my backlog under control by then, I’ll likely give Resident Evil VIII a spin when it’s available in May.