Rumour: Resident Evil VIII To Release in 2021
Resident Evil VIII will see release as a cross-gen title for the PS4 and PS5 in 2021 according to multiple sources. The game’s full title will be Resident Evil VIII: Village, which will predictably have the player begin the game in a snowy European village, and then have them fight their way to a castle located in the mountains above. The game progression sounds kind of similar to Resident Evil 4. Along the way the player will be stalked by a new witch enemy, which will come after them like Nemesis and Mr X, and will burst into a cloud of insects after being taken down by the player, to respawn elsewhere on the map to continue their stalking. The game will star Ethan, who was also the protagonist of Resident Evil VII, and will feature Chris Redfield as a sidekick. The game, like Resident Evil VII, will be in first person.
Following the release of Resident Evil VII Capcom put two projects into development; Resident Evil: Revelations 3, which served as a follow-up to Resident Evil VII, and Resident Evil VIII, a traditional third person instalment which would have been a ways off. The Resident Evil VIII project was struggling, while the Resident Evil: Revelations 3 project was receiving some excellent responses from internal testing, and so the Resident Evil VIII project was scrapped, while the Resident Evil: Revelations 3 project was promoted to being Resident Evil VIII: Village. This author is calling it now – the game’s title will be stylised to Resident Evil VIIIage. It will be kind of funny to have a Resident Evil VIII that is so closely related to Resident Evil VII, but apparently the game is shaping up really well.
Rumour: PS5 in Deep Trouble
We called it! Arrogant Sony is back, or at least they were throughout the development of the PS5. Microsoft achieved everything that they attempted to do with the Series X. Arrogant Sony sat on their laurels doubting that Microsoft could pull it off, but they did. Meanwhile Sony developed a much less powerful 9tf machine, and were unprepared for Microsoft to produce a 12tf beast. After Microsoft unveiled the Series X a shell shocked Sony had to scramble to try and wring some more performance from their PS5 by giving the GPU a very steep overclock to 10.3tf. According to industry insider Jeff Rickel when Sony set about changing the specifications of their machine it did not occur to them that they would also have to alter the machine’s form factor to accomodate all the extra heat being generated.
Not only does overclocking the GPU create a bunch of extra heat that must be dissipated in itself, but it also places additional burdens on system memory which also creates additional heat. According to Rickel Sony testing has shown PS5 systems failing at a similar rate to launch model Xbox 360s, and right now Sony is at a loss of what to do. They should have redesigned the system form factor to more efficiently dissipate the extra heat, but doing so would result in a PS5 which resembles the Series X, which Sony is too proud to allow gladly. So Sony is left with a series of unpalatable decisions. Do they delay the PS5 launch by 6 to 12 months to allow a console redesign? Do they launch the console as it is, and hope that goodwill from the PS4 will be able to carry them until the console can be redesigned two years down the road? Or do they hastily redesign the PS5 casing, and look like they are taking their design cues from Microsoft? According to Rickel this is the reason why we have seen so little from the PS5 so close to its alleged launch. It might have been better to just go with the 9tf machine. PlayStation’s move to California has really paid off, guys…
CERO Closes for the Month of April
The Chinese flu is wide reaching indeed. After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency from April 6 until May 6, the CERO has had to close for that period. CERO is Japan’s equivalent to the ESRB, and without a CERO content rating games cannot get released to store shelves, and nor can they get released digitally to Sony and Nintendo online stores. Because of this the release of Japanese games may see delays, especially if the state of emergency is extended.
The government declared state of emergency regarding COVID-19, and the Governor of Tokyo asked people to refrain from going outside until May 6.
Since reviewers visit our office to conduct review, it is not possible for our staff and reviewer to work from home.
For this reason, all operations, including review (including those under review), will be suspended from today until May 6.
All staff will be on standby at home, and the office will be closed during this time. We will announce the resumption of business on our website.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and thank you for your understanding.
Given the importance of ratings bodies like CERO, it is kind of perplexing as to why they cannot simply work from home. Submissions could be made in a Skype call, for crying out loud! Regardless, a one month closure probably will not pose too much of a problem to the Japanese game industry, yet if the closure is extended then expect to start seeing delays that will begin to effect us here in the West.