Capcom has decided to ditch the Resident Evil Village DLC, focusing on Chris Redfield to put more effort into the upcoming Shadows of Rose.
The information comes from renowned Resident Evil insider AestheticGamer (also known as Dusk Golem), who tweeted noteworthy excerpts from several Japanese interviews. According to his translation, Capcom originally planned a DLC chapter featuring Chris Redfield as the protagonist, which is very similar to Resident Evil 7 Not a Hero. However, this idea was later shelved as the new team initially decided to invest more time and money into Shadows of Rose in order to make the ending more “meaningful”.
In Chris’s deleted addition, the character was supposed to “go a little crazy” due to internal pressure and guilt towards Ethan and Mia. It looks like Redfield should have acted akin to Isaac Clarke from Dead Space, who constantly felt the burden of responsibility for his girlfriend, seeing what really was not. Perhaps this canceled Village chapter was meant to be much less action-oriented than Not a Hero, which offers little more than intense gunfights.
During development, the psychedelic Shadows of Rose became too appealing for the team, and they wanted to put all their resources into it. This resulted in a significant increase in the size of the DLC, offering around four hours of content, nearly half of the base game. It was previously known that in Shadows of Rose, players would return to Dimitrescu’s castle, but you can expect more locations than just a vampire fortress. With Shadows of Rose, Capcom aims to offer a different style of horror for the franchise, described as a “Fever Nightmare Dream”, with a focus on survival and bizarre imagery.
As far as we know, Shadows of Rose will offer a proper ending to the entire Winters family saga, meaning we likely won’t see Ethan, Mia, or Rosemary in future RE games. It is unknown what will happen next in the series after Resident Evil 4 Remake, but we can still get some hints this October during the scheduled Resident Evil showcase. Capcom has already promised “news and updates on Resident Evil Village Gold Edition, Resident Evil 4 and more.”