In an interview with popular Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Capcom revealed a few details on the next Resident Evil installment, Resident Evil Village.
The translation is courtesy of Alex Aniel, prominent Resident Evil community member, who tweeted out the translation of the interview's main talking points.
Right from the get-go, Capcom's Resident Evil Village teased Chris Redfield's return and the interview confirmed that it is Chris who takes Ethan to the strange village.
Once Ethan wakes up, he'll walk to the mysterious village, and Aniel described a photo where villagers are holding hands in a circle and praying. "It appears that the dangerous creatures are protecting them. They appear to be part of a peculiar religion/cult", he wrote.
Asked why Capcom call Resident Evil Village's entire setting another protagonist, producers Tsuyoshi Kanda and Pete Fabiano said that they're referring to the entirety of the village. Apparently, both the village and villagers are a presence on par with actual protagonists.
Commenting on the fetus-like symbol and other patterns from the trailer, they said, "Perhaps the villagers recite those prayers in order to protect themselves from danger. It makes you want [to know] just whom they really are."
Famitsu also enquired as to the role of the fellow at the end of the second Resident Evil Village trailer, the one who says "if it's just looking, window shop away". They asked whether the similarities with RE4's merchant are intentional, to which the producers replied, "We can't go into detail, but he will certain be someone Ethan's life will depend on."
As you can see, the Resident Evil Village art book scene will be appearing in the game, but it won't be playable.