After a weekend packed with two-hour long showcases and huge game reels, Capcom saw fit to squeeze in a quick 35-minute showcase of their own on Monday and put to proof that even the small can be mighty, as the brief showcase came packed with hugely exciting game announcements—especially if you are a Resident Evil fan!
Yes, capping of what was otherwise a solid show anyway, Capcom took the reins and gave everyone exactly what they wanted with announcements of further Resident Evil Village content coming this year, as well as more information for Resident Evil 4’s remake, and, even if that wasn’t enough, a mic drop closer to announce that next gen upgrades for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3 are available RIGHT NOW!
Talk about packing a punch indeed. From Street Fighter 6 to Monster Hunter Rise, to a tempting tease for a later Dragon’s Dogma 2 announcement, here are the highlights from the Capcom 2022 Showcase.
Resident Evil Village “Winters’ Expansion”
After first promising more content last summer, Resident Evil Village fans are finally eating well again as new DLC content will take players back to their favourite Village locations with Ethan’s daughter Rose. Set 16 years after the final events of Village, “Shadows of Rose” is a new story campaign which joins Rosemary Winters as she has grown up and found herself with troubling powers. In search of a way to break free from her curse, Rose enters the consciousness of the Megamycete.
Rose’s journey takes her to a mysterious realm where memories of the past return to create a warped and twisted world of nightmares. From the brief clips shown it looks like the Megamycete is taking Rose back through the same corridors of Castle Dimitrescu and beyond that her father once roamed through in pursuit of her rescue. We had images of the trader returning as a Megamycete warped villain, casting out monsters after Rose—who thankfully can wield a handgun just as well as her father!
“Shadows of Rose” is not the only addition to the new “Winters’ Expansion, however. More Mercenary content is due to be added titled “Additional Orders” which will bring playable challenges for Chris Redfield, as well as, now, Heisenberg and Lady Dimitrescu. Yes, internet, you read that right. Now everyone’s favourite giant vampire lady and hammer toting Aussie will be playable, and you’ll have the full might of the abilities that we see the nightmarish pair exhibiting throughout the game.
And yet we’re still not done as the Winters’ Expansion will also bring an all-new third person mode to Resident Evil Village’s main campaign. Now you’ll be able to re-experience the horrors of Castle Dimitrescu, Heisenberg’s factory, and *that* sequence in the doll house again in Resident Evil’s classic over the shoulder perspective.
Resident Evil Re: Verse, RE’s multiplayer mode, will also finally be getting some much-needed love with the expansion too.
The original game and the Winters’ expansion will be available in a new Gold Edition of the game releasing on October 28th, 2022, or of course you can just buy the expansion alone if you already own Village.
Resident Evil 4
We were given another look at the much-anticipated remake of Resident Evil 4. A favourite amongst RE fans,RE 4 sees a tragedy-hardened Leon coming out of the events of Racoon City and now set on a new mission to find the President’s kidnapped daughter in a mysterious Spanish village. RE 4 was held as revolutionary for the series, taking it into a blend of horror and action with an excellent story and exemplary atmosphere, setting and gameplay.
After the success of the RE 2 and 3 remakes Capcom have gone for the big fish with Resident Evil 4, and fans will be keen to hear that the dev team are fully aware of the love the game has and the expectation for the remake to remain faithful. Of course like 2 and 3 this remake will keep true to the original while adding in some newer, more modern elements.
Resident Evil 4 will be fully next gen, releasing for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 on March 24th, 2023.
Resident Evil 7, 2, and 3 Next Gen Upgrades Available Now
As if news of an RE8 expansion and more footage of RE4 wasn’t enough, Capcom pulled off another of everyone’s favourite E3 traditions. Setting their final mic drop up nonchalantly, Capcom closed out the show with footage of the next gen upgrades for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3 before finally hitting us all with an AVAILABLE TODAY slate.
If you already own the games then you’ll get a digital upgrade for free right away, so dive on back to the Baker family and Racoon City in even more terrifying detail now!
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak
A date for the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak DLC has been set for June 30. This massive expansion to the original Monster Hunter Rise will feature improved gameplay and nimble-feeling additions to combat mechanics, unique new monsters and hunting locales, and a new difficulty level in the form of Master Rank quests.
The Jungle, which MH fans may recognise from earlier games, returns in Sunbreak, offering rich, tree-laden greenery, expansive subterranean caverns, and relaxing waterside areas. Sunbreak will also feature some new monsters to fight, such as the Espinas—a huge thorny dragon—and Monster Hunter 4’s flagship monster, the Gore Magala.
Before the June 30 release and extensive demo will also be available for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak from June 14. The demo will feature a number of monsters in increasing difficulty and areas to explore. Capcom also showed off details for their future roadmaps with the game being supported by continual free title updates. The first will be coming in August to add the Lucent Nargacuga monster and the Forlorn Arena. Further updates will come in Fall and Winter of this year.
If Jurassic World Dominion didn’t have enough dinosaur action for you then not to worry, Exoprimal is chalk full of dino slaying mayhem.
Exoprimal is an online, team-based action game that pits humanity’s cutting-edge exosuit technology against history’s most ferocious beasts—dinosaurs.
Dino Survival, the main game mode, sees two teams of five players compete in a variety of PvE and PvP missions. Players will be transported to the scene of the latest dinosaur outbreak and follow Leviathan’s (Exo’s mischievous AI who is both conjuring the dinos and setting you against them) guidance to complete objectives. The team that completes the mission first will emerge victorious.
Whether players are engaging the other team directly, or fighting alongside them against a common enemy, the aim is to accomplish objectives as quickly as possible. Missions vary depending on player skill and other factors, meaning no two matches will unfold the same way.
Exoprimal is not currently slated for release until 2023, however Capcom will be running a closed network test which you can sign up for now by going to exoprimal.com before June 30.
Dragon’s Dogma Tenth Anniversary
Rumours ran abound of an imminent announcement for a sequel to Dragon’s Dogma recently due to fan theories surrounding the game’s director, Hideaki Itsuno, retweeting news of the Capcom showcase, as well as a number of supposed leaks.
For this showcase all we got was a quick word for Dragon’s Dogma and its 10th anniversary celebration. Since its decade ago release there have been comics, an animated Netflix show, numerous HD rereleases, but never any news of a direct sequel. Hope is not gone yet however as Capcom shared news of a special 10th anniversary broadcast on June 16th where a special video will be shown to celebrate Dragon’s Dogma. Details were of course typically sparse, which can only add more speculative fuel to the fire for the next two days until Thursday.
Tune in at 3pm PT on June 16 to find out if there is indeed a Dragon’s Dogma 2 coming!