This past weekend during the Capcom Special Program segment at the 2020 Tokyo Game Show, the Resident Evil 25th Anniversary was officially announced during the Village panel presentation.
25 years of Resident Evil
Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) was originally released for the Sony PlayStation on March 22, 1996. Producer Tokuro Fujiwara and director Shinji Mikami sought to make a game inspired by the Japanese horror game Sweet Home as well as the George Romero’s zombie films.
It used pre-rendered backgrounds, 3-D models, and third-person perspective gameplay with fixed camera angles. Initially not known if it would be a hit, the game would become a massive success for Capcom and would join on to coin the term and genre of “Survival Horror”.
Capcom gave no concrete details on how exactly the celebratory event would take place, but they did show off new artwork specifically for the anniversary and new 25th anniversary logos featuring the Umbrella logo and the Mr. Raccoon figure from the 2019 remake of 2.
The event will take place on March 22, 2021.
We can also safely assume that the reveal of Resident Evil Infinite Darkness and the release of Resident Evil Village will somehow correlate with this special occasion.
The 25th Anniversary posters feature the new models of Chris Redfield (interestingly the 7 build), Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong, HUNK, Claire Redfield, and Mr. X from Resident Evil 2 (2019), Jill Valentine and Nemesis from Resident Evil 3 (2020), and Jack Baker from 7.
They also provided a link which you can visit here, though at this time it is pretty bare and will presumably be updated closer to the event.
As always, we here at Biohazard Declassified will be keeping a close eye on this as we approach March to bring you all the latest updates on the festivities that will commence. Here’s to another 25 years!