In June, Sony announced that Resident Evil Village from the RE-highlight-mashup-reel series was getting a PSVR2 version. (opens in a new tab) complete with 4K, eye-tracking, 3D audio and all the other fantasies that a modern VR release brings. While we’d love for one of the best horror games on PC to get the same treatment on our platform of choice, given that the VR version of Resident Evil 7 hasn’t made the leap yet, that seemed like little. likely.
So far. Redditor u/LitheBeep datamined a hint (opens in a new tab) that Village VR might be coming to PC after all. In the game executable, they found references to PSVR followed by “OpenVR”, “OculusTouch”, “OculusVR”, and “OculusRemote”, along with the string “autoLaunchSteamVROnButtonPress”.
They also point out that on October 28, Capcom updated the Resident Evil Village Steam store tags. (opens in a new tab) to add one for “VR”. While store tags can be added by Steam users, publishers can also add or remove tags themselves. This is an important marketing element, as these tags determine whether a game will appear in the “more like this” section, as well as being highlighted in the “recommended for you” boxes, themed sales, etc.
However, to pour some cold water of skepticism on the rumor fire before it burns out completely, it should be noted that Capcom has also added the VR beacon to Resident Evil 7. (opens in a new tab) in June 2017 and we are still waiting for it to amount to something. Also, looking at its history on SteamDB shows that the VR tag was first added to Village in May 2021. (opens in a new tab) before being deleted (opens in a new tab) then added again (opens in a new tab) multiple times alongside various other tags of dubious relevance like “hentai” and “dating sim”. Presumably, there’s a logic behind this constant tinkering with beacons – maybe the mysterious Steam algorithm likes it? Much of what goes on behind the scenes of Steam’s store pages is as much superstition as anything.
Until an official announcement is made, we’ll have to settle for the mod that adds VR support to Resident Evil Village. That’s the work of modder Praydog, and it also works with Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 7. Which is good.
The recently released Resident Evil Village DLC Winter expansion included a third-person camera, additional characters for Mercenaries mode, and a story scenario where you play as Rose, Ethan’s daughter. We found it to be a satisfying but sparse addition.