Resident Evil Village is not Resident Evil 8, Capcom has recently declared.
In last week's Weekly Famitsu (via Kotaku), Producers Tsuyoshi Kanda and Peter Fabiano said that the title would skip a number altogether despite serving as a sequel to Resident Evil 7 — or in Capcom’s naming convention Resident Evil 7 Biohazard.
When Capcom was asked why Village wasn’t called Resident Evil 8 or even Resident Evil 8 Village, Capcom replied:
You could call the actual Village another character in the game, and we did that because we would like players to understand that.
Capcom was later asked about potential abbreviations, it replied:
There isn’t really an official abbreviation, but we’d just be happy if you remembered Village.
We’ll keep you updated on Resident Evil Village when we learn more. The title heads to PS5, Xbox Series X and Windows PC in 2021.