Capcom confirms that Resident Evil 9 is in development with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard director Koshi Nakanishi

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard - Official iPhone, iPad, and Mac Launch Trailer| Capcom NEXT
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard - Official iPhone, iPad, and Mac Launch Trailer| Capcom NEXT / IGN

Game developer Capcom just quietly announced that the next major entry in their massively successful horror franchise Resident Evil is getting a new entry soon! Resident Evil 7: Biohazard director Koshi Nakanishi revealed Resident Evil 9 is in development, per IGN.

"It was really difficult to figure out what to do after [Resident Evil 7]. But I found it, and to be honest it feels substantial. I can't share any details just yet, but I hope you're excited for the day I can."

Koshi Nakanishi

The news came during the recent Capcom NEXT: Summer 2024 event, where Capcom showed new footage of its Dead Rising: Deluxe Remaster (out September 19) and launched a demo for Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess, a game based on new IP releasing on July 19.

Additionally, Capcom released the iOS port of Resident Evil 7 on July 2, so those who own the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max can now play the mobile version. It's also available on iPads and Macs with an updated Apple silicon chip.

Per his above quote, Nakanishi is unable to reveal plot details about Resident Evil 9 and which characters it might focus on. However, since Resident Evil Village served as the conclusion of Ethan Winters and his family's storyline, it's safe to say that the ninth major installment will reintroduce a previous character or add someone brand new.

The last entry to release in the franchise was the Resident Evil 4 remake in 2023, which was very well-received. Capcom follows that up with the Ada Wong-centered Separate Ways DLC in September. The company is working on several new Resident Evil projects, including remakes of Resident Evil Zero and Code: Veronica.

I've played several Resident Evil games, and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard stands out as my favorite. It marked a departure for the series as Nakanishi ushered in a new era of survival horror, switching the perspective to first-person for the first time. We haven't seen the first-person perspective return yet. It'd be interesting to see if the ninth game will include it, even if it's just an option to alternate between first and third.

Regardless, I'm very excited to see what Nakanishi has in store this time. Apart from Resident Evil 7, he also worked as a designer on Resident Evil 5 and directed several other games in the series.

Also, since Capcom usually tries releasing major Resident Evil titles every other year, there's a good chance that Resident Evil 9 will come out in 2025.

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