Resident Evil 8 Village promises to be another terrifying foray into the unknown. To make sure you’re prepared, we have compiled a guide containing information about its release date, key story details, characters, gameplay info, and more.
Thanks to the terrific return to form in Resident Evil 7, the long-running horror show continues onwards to its eighth installment. There will be jump scares and memorable moments galore when we don the shoes of Ethan Winters again.
We are counting down the days until we tangle with tyrannical foes in another journey of psychological insanity. Thanks to some existing information, we know the exact date we’ll be doing this and some of the dangers that await us too.
Resident Evil 8 Village Release Date
The most important detail that people want to know is when they’ll be able to get their hands on the game itself. We’re pleased to report that it’s coming out on May 7, 2021. So there isn’t too much more waiting to do.
There are also different editions of the game you can pick up including the Standard Edition and the Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition includes the following:
- Safe Room Music: “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”
- Mr. Everywhere collectible
- RE7 found-footage filter
- Tape recorder save device
- Albert-01 Chris gun
- The Tragedy of Ethan Winters artwork
- Unlock “Village of Shadows” difficulty
Resident Evil 8 Village Platforms
For those wondering if Resident Evil 8 is only coming out on the new consoles and PC – it won’t be.
The game will be available at release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Obviously, when you bring up the discussion of last-gen vs. current-gen, there is always going to be an inescapable fidelity issue between the versions.
But if you’re not planning on upgrading anytime soon, then at least you’ll have the option to play it on your current console.
Resident Evil 8 Village Story & Characters
The Resident Evil showcase answered a lot of questions people had regarding the series’ latest iteration. But it has also posed just as many as well.
Long-time hero Chris Redfield has been touted as a potential surprise villain in the newest game with trailers making him out to be an underhanded figure. The latest trailer shows him killing Ethan’s wife and stealing his child. It’s not the usual trademark heroism we’ve come to expect from him. So it’ll be interesting to see which direction Capcom takes him.
Other developments have led to the introduction of Lady Dimitrescu and the Witches Three. Evil and cunning figures that will only seek to make Ethan’s life a living hell.
All of this will be conducted in the Village: a gothic, surreal abode for many deranged creatures and providing little in the way of comfort. Resident Evil 8’s visuals, especially on current-gen, could make the landscape a beautiful prison for Ethan.
Resident Evil 8 Village Gameplay
Resident Evil 7 stripped back a lot of the Hollywood action-hero elements of Resi 6 and returned the gameplay to its roots, pacing the game around slower and more methodical gameplay, making you conscious of ammo, and inducing OCD because of your inventory.
Resident Evil 8 Village continues a lot of this and brings back the Guard system from the previous game. It also reintroduces some dynamic combat elements such as damaging limbs, and, of course, puzzles.
It also has to be stated that in many respects, Resident Evil 8 resembles Resident Evil 4 – considered by many to be the best in the series. Here some of the ways in which Resi 8 takes inspiration from it:
- Your items require careful management in your inventory and need rearranging
- Attache cases can be bought to upgrade your space
- “What’ll it be stranger?” – It’s not the same fan-favorite merchant, but it has a reoccurring one
- You need to collect monetary resources to buy stuff
- The setting
There will also be plenty of puzzles and new weapons and elements for returning, and new, players to enjoy.
Resident Evil 8 Village Demos
You can currently download the Resident Evil 8 Village “Maiden” demo from the PS5 store as it is an exclusive download for Sony’s flagship hardware.
It’s a short, non-combat demo about a character that won’t even be featured in the game. It’s more of a gentle teaser that whets the appetite for the main game.
But if you want your fix now and don’t have a PS5 then fear not. It has been confirmed that another demo for Resident Evil 8 Village will pop-up down the line for all consoles.
The showcase event has really helped to drum up excitement for the hugely-anticipated horror title and it’s sure to be a captivating and disturbing title in a year of potentially great games.
Image credits: Capcom
Battlefield 2042: Release date, Portal mode, multiplayer, Beta, Specialists, Exodus film
Battlefield 2042 will release in 2021, and here’s everything we know about EA and DICE’s title including setting, date, gameplay, and leaks.
Battlefield 2042 is edging ever-closer, and we have everything you need to know about EA and DICE’s next entry into the legendary franchise, including release date, the game’s story, Open Beta details, Portal mode, and a lot more.
The franchise has remained pretty quiet since the release of Battlefield V back in 2018, but it remains one of the most popular FPS titles on the market. The series acts as the perfect alternative to the close-quarters combat of Call of Duty, bringing massive battles fought across vast locations throughout history.
After the disappointing reception to the Firestorm battle royale mode, EA and DICE decided to go back to the drawing board and try to rethink the different aspects of what makes BF so successful.
Finally, Battlefield 2042 was officially announced on June 9, 2021, giving us a look at some major things coming to PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS4 & PS5 later this year.
Battlefield 2042 release date
Although DICE had originally announced an October release date for Battlefield 2042, they confirmed on September 15 that it had been delayed. The release date for Battlefield 2042 is now Friday, November 19, 2021.
Players who buy the Gold or Ultimate editions of Battlefield 2042 will be able to play a week earlier on Friday, November 12.
Originally, the developers had said we could expect a Holiday 2021 release, leading many to think it would be late November when it would launch, which is now a reality.
Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer
How to play the Battlefield 2042 Beta
Eager players itching to get their hands on Battlefield 2042 won’t have to wait as long as EA has announced that an Open Beta will be taking place.
It was originally said to release in September but is now expected to arrive in late September or October. With the announcement that 2042 has been delayed, Adam Freeman, DICE’s Lead Community Manager said that “New dates for the Open Beta will be shared later this month [September].”
There’s no word yet on how gamers will be able to access it and download it, but we will update you once we know more.
There will also be a Closed Beta for players that pre-ordered their copy of Battlefield 2042. This will likely be a few days before the Open Beta, and will further help to iron out the game’s kinks.
Battlefield 2042 anti-cheat
Given how much notoriety there has been surroundings other games such as Warzone when it comes to cheating and hacking, the term “anti-cheat” has become a big topic.
Activision is just finally adding anti-cheat to Warzone after a long time of fans and players desperately asking for it. A leak from industry insider Tom Henderson has confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will have anti-cheat, and it will be using the same one as Apex Legends and Fortnite – Easy Anticheat.
Battlefield 2042 storyline
As you have probably guessed from the title, Battlefield 2042 is set in the future, with the world on the brink. Food, energy, and clean water are in short supply, and failed nations have created “the greatest refugee crisis in human history.”
With the United States and Russia at war, Non-Patriated, or No-Pat Specialists join both sides, “not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world.”
Of course, the game is set to be full of high-tech guns and gadgets. One of these futuristic weapons is the combat robot dog that Henderson had leaked. These are in use by the military today, but will perhaps be even more powerful in the near future setting of Battlefield 2042.
Battlefield 2042 Exodus Film
On August 12, the official Battlefield YouTube channel finally dropped its promised “Exodus” short film to set the scene for the game’s story.
You can check out the full battlefield 2042 Exodus film below.
It saw the return of Irish from Battlefield 4, and throughout its 9 minutes and 6 second duration kept the action tense and exciting.
Battlefield 2042 Portal mode
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Battlefield 2042 was the unnamed [REDACTED] game mode. Whereas some of the other modes were revealed and described, EA decided to be a bit more secretive about one of the game’s modes.
A combination of previous Battlefield games, Portal looks set to offer the franchise’s most ambitious and frantic game mode ever!
It will feature the following:
- Content from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 2042
- You can play ‘Official Experiences’ or ‘Community Experiences’
- Confirmed maps: Battle of the Bulge (BF 1942), El Alamein (BF 1942), Arica Harbor (Bad Company 2), Valparaiso (Bad Company 2), Caspian Border (Battlefield 3), Noshahr Canals (Battlefield 3), and BF 2042 maps
- Numerous weapons and gadgets from the mentioned games
- Over 40 classic vehicles from the respective time periods
- Custom game mode builder
Battlefield Portal looks like it has the potential to be one of the most fun modes the series has ever created.
Battlefield 2042 other multiplayer modes & Specialists: All-Out Warfare & Hazard Zone
Multiplayer is the focus of Battlefield 2042, with three modes launching with the game in October, and more content to be added down the line.
All Out Warfare is classic Battlefield described on the official website as, “The next generation of fan-favorites Conquest and Breakthrough features the largest Battlefield maps ever and up to 128 players. Experience the intensity of all-out warfare on maps filled with dynamic weather and spectacular world events.”
Hazard Zone is fixated on providing a proper squad-based game mode, and the full description of the mode says, “An all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game type that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience. Hazard Zone is distinctly Battlefield, but very different from the modes of All-Out Warfare.”
Leaks have indicated that it will be a mix of Hunt Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, and could be free to play.
For the first time, Battlefield 2042 introduces Specialists, who each come with their own skills, traits, and abilities – like Rainbow Six Siege. There will be 10 at launch, with EA and DICE set to add a new Specialist every season.
Battlefield 2042 Guns & Attachment Plus System
A highlight of playing a new FPS game is getting to try out all the new weapons the devs have built from the ground up.
Battlefield 2042 is set to feature an extensive selection of firearms to try out, and we have many of them below.
Here are all of Battlefield 2042’s guns that we know of so far:
- M5A3 (MCX Spear)
- AK24 (AK12)
- 4v9 (DDM4V7)
- PKP Pecheneg
- LCMG (KAC LAMG)
- G57 (Glock 19)
- M44 (Taurus M44)
- Carl Gustaf M4
- Chukavin SVCh
- TG-24 (Sako TRG)
- Remington 870
- PBX-9 (LWRC SMG 45)
- K30 (KRISS Vector)
As well as an extensive armory of weapons to try out, players will also be able to take advantage of Battlefield 2042’s new attachments system.
It will allow players to swap out attachments for their gun on the fly, meaning you could be mid-battle, and change up the optic you want for your AR.
Battlefield 2042 Vehicles
But what’s the need for weapons when you can commandeer one of the game’s many big, cool vehicles!
Featuring destructive attack helicopters, bulldozing tanks, and a lot more, Battlefield 2042 has all the tools to fit the situation.
These are the vehicles that have been outed for BF 2042 so far:
- AH640GX Apache Warchief Attack Helicopter
- E6-JGR Recon
- F-35E Panther Jet
- Futuristic Three-Wheeled Auto Rickshaw
- M1A5 Tank
- MD540 Nightbird Helicopter
- Quad Bike / ATV
- SU-57 Elon Jet
- T28 Tank
Is Battlefield 2042 cross-plaftorm?
DICE has confirmed that yes, Battlefield 2042 will feature cross-play and cross-progression! In a briefing on July 14, DICE revealed that they are working on a cross-play system, which will be tested later in Summer.
The following systems will be able to matchmake together:
- PC, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 consoles
- PC and console can opt-out from playing together
- Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles
Battlefield 2042 will also feature cross-progression, allowing you to keep your progress and purchases when switching systems. The example they gave was that a player could switch from PS4 to PC and keep everything they unlocked, and vice versa.
Will Battlefield 2042 have a battle royale?
The appetite for a battle royale is certainly there, with popular streamer Dr Disrespect clearly excited by the prospect, but unfortunately, EA and DICE have confirmed that Battlefield 2042 does not have a battle royale at launch.
Whether they will add one further down the line remains to be seen, but for now, we’ll have to wait and see if any further announcements are made.
Will Battlefield 6 be on PS4 and Xbox One?
Yes! In an investor earnings call on May 11, EA boss Andrew Wilson said that “Battlefield will be available for both current-gen and next-gen.”
After DICE said the game will be “brought to life” with the “power” of next-gen consoles, many presumed that the game would only release on the Xbox Series X|S and PS5, but we now know this is no longer the case.
Playing on a last-gen console does come at a cost though, as EA and DICE have confirmed that players on Xbox One and PS4 will play in smaller lobbies and on scaled-back versions of the maps. However, it will still feature the same classes, gadgets, and game-changing weather effects.
To be clear, the game will drop on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
That’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042! Once the official reveal happens in June, we’ll be bound to know more about the next installment of the shooter franchise.
Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and follow @BravoINTEL on Twitter for all Battlefield 2042 updates.
Image Credits: DICE / EA
Halo Infinite Campaign: Gameplay & storyline
Master Chief’s journey continues in Halo Infinite – here’s everything we know about where the new campaign will take him.
Halo is known for its competitive multiplayer mode, but for many fans, it’s the epic campaigns that keep them hooked on the series. Where will Halo Infinite’s story take us, and how will it play? We’ve got all the details here.
Halo Infinite has run into some trouble over the course of its development. The game was delayed before its December 8, 2021 release date was confirmed, and it won’t be launching with Forge or co-op Campaign.
Thankfully, these setbacks haven’t dampened the excitement for the next chapter of Master Chief’s story in the new game. Here’s everything we know about Halo Infinite’s Campaign.
Halo Infinite Campaign storyline
Halo Infinite’s single-player is set to pick up three years after the events of Halo 5: Guardians, and be the continuation of the Reclaimer story started by 343 in Halo 4. Iconic protagonist Master Chief is said to be playing a more significant role than in the previous game.
The story will follow on from the AI Cortana taking control of the galaxy using Guardians, the ancient Forerunner war machines. Chief will find another AI called “The Weapon,” who hints that the original Cortana was erased and replaced.
Footage we have seen from the game hints that Chief will start the Campaign floating through space near the Zeta Halo, where he will be saved by a UNSC soldier known only as “The Pilot.”
Much of the game is expected to center around battling the Banished on Zeta Halo, trying to find a way back to earth, and unraveling the mystery surrounding Cortana and The Weapon.
Halo Infinite Campaign gameplay
Concrete details surround Halo Infinite’s campaign have been relatively scarce, but we do know that it is set to shake up the linear formula found in previous installments.
Infinite looks to be opting for a more open approach, featuring a series of diverse sandboxes to dive into. From the gameplay we’ve seen, it looks as though players will be free to explore the various regions of the Zeta Halo map, rather than playing through rigid missions.
The different maps are said to be tied together by the game’s narrative, meaning that each area will likely have a number of missions to finish before the story takes players to the next map.
This change in approach also opens the door for more side objectives to complete in between story missions. A map screen shown at E3 in 2020 seemed to show open-world staples like bounties and outposts to take on.
That was everything we know about Halo Infinite’s Campaign. We’re expecting more details to be revealed closer to launch, so stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for future updates.
Image credits: 343 Industries
How many people play Battlefield 5? 2021 player count
Ever wondered how active Battlefield 5’s playerbase is? Check out how many people are playing Battlefield 5 in 2021.
With Battlefield 2042 set to release this year, Battlefield V has received a player resurgence, so we’re taking a look at how many people are playing 2018’s WW2 Battlefield in 2021.
Although Battlefield 2042 has just been delayed, players are still extremely hyped for the latest game in the franchise. This has brought players back to the previous titles, as they’re looking for the large-scale sandbox fix that no other FPS game can offer.
Battlefield 5, the most recent entry in the franchise, has seen a particular resurgence, with it having the most up-to-date graphics and mechanics that the series can offer.
Here’s how many people are playing Battlefield 5 in 2021.
Battlefield 5 2021 player count
Battlefield V is available across Xbox, PlayStation, Steam, and Origin, so there is a healthy pool of platforms to play the game on.
According to the website activeplayer.io, which collates data from all around the web, there was an average of 28,178 Battlefield 5 players across August and September 2021. This number has been gradually rising since June 2020, where Battlefield 5 averaged 21,379.
The website also estimates that there have been 49,807 Battlefield 5 players in the last hour (September 16), which is well above the average.
Battlefield 5 player count comparison
It’s worth comparing Battlefield 5’s player count to the other Battlefield titles that are available. Battlefield 1, the title before 5, has had an average of 7,106 Steam players in the past 30 days.
Battlefield 4, perhaps the game that will resemble 2042 the most, has had 5,072 Steam players in the past 30 days. Of course, these numbers are likely to be higher with other users playing on Xbox, PlayStation, and Origin.
Image Credit: DICE / EA
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