Capcom has delayed Resident Evil Re:Verse, the multiplayer companion game to Resident Evil Village, until 2022. Re:Verse had been previously announced for release in July 2021, so Capcom’s really waited until the 11th hour to push the game’s release back by at least half a year!
No specific reasoning is given for the delay, but the tweet explains that this is “so that the team can continue working to deliver a smooth gameplay experience.” Details of the updated launch plan will be given when Capcom figure out what they are able to do.
For players who purchased a physical version of Resident Evil Village, we recommend that you keep track of the included Resident Evil Re:Verse download code or add it to your account now so that you are ready to play when the game launches next year.
— Resident Evil (@RE_Games) July 15, 2021
With Re:Verse a freebie bundled in with Resident Evil Village, but being released as a separate standalone game on your platform of choice, the game has a separate download code for those who purchased a physical copy of Village. Capcom suggest that you redeem these codes sooner rather than later.
Resident Evil Re:Verse was announced back in January 2021 as part of the Resident Evil Village gameplay (and super tall vampire lady) reveal. A rip-roaring multiplayer game in with two teams of six players face off in iconic locations from the series, powering up and bringing out some of the biggest baddies from the series to batter rivals, it was intended to be a part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for the Resident Evil series – these included a tie in with The Division 2, amongst other things.
The delay is surprising on a number of levels, not least of which is the timing. Resident Evil Re:Verse was intended to release alongside Resident Evil Village, but was delayed shortly before that game’s release until July. Through the first half of the year, Capcom held a trio of beta tests to ensure that the game was running smoothly. Now, with just half of July left for them to meet their release window, Capcom has delayed the game by half a year. Such a late delay would typically indicate that a project is struggling to come together and needs to go back to the drawing board in some places, but we can also attribute some of the difficulties to having to work through a pandemic.
Whatever the case, hopefully Capcom can deliver a game that lives up to the rambunctious promise of the multiplayer game they’ve come up with.