The first time Capcom announced Resident Evil 8, the company only confirmed that the upcoming title would be released on the PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X. For how many months, the developer and publisher didn’t mention anything about the last generation of consoles, and whether or not it would be released on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
Understandably, this lack of confirmation made fans wonder if they would have to upgrade to the newest generation of consoles if they want a chance to play the latest iteration in the Resident Evil franchise. Fortunately, Capcom has finally broken its silence and confirmed that this doesn’t have to be the case.
During the Resident Evil Showcase event that took place recently, the company finally announced that Resident Evil 8 (otherwise known as Resident Evil Village) will be playable on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Not only that, but this version will be releasing at the same time as the next-generation version.
In other words, those fans who are having a difficult time trying to obtain a copy of a next-gen console or those who simply don’t plan on upgrading will be able to play the game on their older consoles this May 7, 2021 when Resident Evil 8 gets launched.
To make things even better for fans, Capcom also confirmed that players who have a copy of the game for either the PS4 or Xbox One will be able to upgrade their version for free. In this way, fans will be able to see and experience what the new and improved versions have to offer without spending extra money.
That being said, some fans have been wondering why Capcom didn’t confirm the PS4 and Xbox One versions early on. If anything, the company seemed hesitant to do so. Although Capcom didn’t explain why this is the case, there are theories regarding this.
A few months back, the developer initially hinted at the possibility of a PS4 and Xbox One version for Resident Evil 8. However, it’s worth noting that at that time, it didn’t make any promises. Fans speculate that Capcom was having a hard time trying to scale back the game in order to accommodate the capabilities of the older consoles. Now, it appears that everything is in order, seeing as the company confirmed the last-gen versions of Resident Evil 8 during the showcase.
Even though Resident Evil 8 is officially a cross-generation game now, the next-gen versions will still have exclusive features and benefits. Asides from the fact that the newest generation of consoles will have even better graphics and performance, Resident Evil 8 won’t have any load times.
As such, the overall experience that fans will have while playing the game will be significantly better and smoother. In other news, PlayStation 5 users have the privilege of being able to test out the game earlier than others. Specifically, a PS5-exclusive demo is now available for fans to download on the PlayStation Store. Interested players should definitely take this opportunity to see how well Resident Evil 8 plays on Sony’s latest console.