Resident Evil 9 release window could be a win for horror fans
Despite it being a franchise full of undead flesh-munchers, Resident Evil never stays deceased for long. Lows like 2012's Resident Evil 6 seem like a distant memory, and although we had a recent fumble with Re:Verse, it's been going great guns since Resident Evil 7 reinvented the series back in 2017.
Following the runaway success of Resident Evil Village and the recent Resident Evil 4 remake, players are hungry for more. Unsurprisingly, it looks like Resident Evil 9 could be next on the docket - even if Ethan and Rose Winters aren't the MVPs this time around.
What is the Resident Evil 9 release window?
Over on the GamingLeaksandRumours subreddit, a potential Resident Evil 9 release window points to a 2025 release date. On the Snitcher's discord, DuskGolem was pressed on the RE9 release and said, "2025, I'll say that much, though [it will] probably be announced next year."
With three to four years being the usual gap between mainline Resiverse entries (excluding an extended wait for RE7), this aligns with what fans expected. It also fits with remakes launching roughly two years after mainline outings. With the RE4 remake coming this year, 2025 makes perfect sense.
The idea that the next adventure will be out in just two years is a positive update. Then again, gaps between video games are growing, and there's literally no news on Resident Evil 9 apart from a series of sketchy leaks.
We should take all of the above with a pinch of salt, but with DuskGolem being one of the first to leak that Village would have werewolves, they have a proven track record when it comes to Resident Evil scoop. As for the mystery game Capcom might announce this year, a new Monster Hunter or Dino Crisis remake, maybe?
What's next for Resident Evil?
If Resident Evil 9 is chomping its way toward a 2025 release date, things might go a little quiet. Although the expected Ada Wong-centric DLC for the RE4 remake is out there somewhere, we don't see Capcom releasing another game between now and RE9.
It's true that the Resident Evil 3 remake released just a year after 2019's acclaimed Resident Evil 2 remake, but if Capcom was smart, it'd pump the brakes. We're fast running out of numbered entries to adapt, and although there's been talk of a Code: Veronica remake, nothing is official.
Even though The Game Awards could be a big one for Capcom, the recent Capcom showcase let us down in terms of news for the Resiverse, and we're preparing ourselves to be disappointed. Resident Evil 9 is out there, but by the sounds of it, it's shuffling forward at a zombie's pace.