Rumours regarding Resident Evil 8 have leaked online - with fans warned to expect big changes

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Remakes of titles from the Resident Evil series have brought Capcom great success in recent times.

Fans of the legendary horror series franchise have been well catered for over the last couple of years, with the publisher releasing reimagined versions of both Resident Evil 2 and 3 during that period.

However, long-time enthusiasts of the series look to be in for a shock when it comes to its next original instalment.

According to reports, Resident Evil 8 is set for release in 2021 - and fans have been warned that the game will have a very different feel to some of its predecessors, which have been set from a third-person perspective, heavily puzzle-based and loaded with tension.

The leaked information has come via a reliable source in the form of Twitter user AestheticGamer, who has revealed that the upcoming title represents a "serious departure" in terms of storylines and enemies from prior games - and speculated that "purists are going to hate it".

The new title will, apparently, revolve largely on aspects such as occultism and hallucinations - and play out from a first-person vantage point.

"It is first-person...Many purists are going to hate it because it's taking some serious departures in the story/enemies and the like. Hallucinations, Occultism, insanity and not being able to trust others are huge thematics of the game."

Resident Evil 8 had previously been thought to be several years away from release. However, Capcom chiefs were seemingly not keen for the franchise to have such a large gap between its releases - given that Resident Evil 7 came out all the way back in early 2017.

Fortunately for Capcom, though, they were already working on a third game in the Revelations series - a spinoff from the Resident Evil franchise.

So impressed was the developer with the foundations of Revelations 3 that it was decided that the title would, in fact, become Resident Evil 8. This shift in plans might well explain the decision to depart from some of the prior hallmarks of the series.

Indeed, such have been the alterations in respect of the game, that it has yet to officially confirmed which character the player will control. 

It had been previously mooted that Resident Evil 7’s Ethan Winters would, once again, be returning alongside series stalwart Chris Redfield, but nothing seems certain at this point.

The current world health situation has naturally delayed much gaming news that would otherwise have already been relayed to the public. The cancellation of the E3 expo this year certainly has not helped publishers in that regard either.

Fans are always keen to learn as much as they can about forthcoming games. Whether they are pleased with the new changes rumoured for Resident Evil 8, though, remains to be seen.

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