Get a look at Resident Evil Village’s new Mercenaries characters in action
Capcom recently announced that Chris Redfield, Lady Dimitrescu, and Lord Karl Heisenberg were set to become playable characters in Resident Evil Village‘s Mercenaries mode. And now, the studio has given us a first real look at all three in action.
While I’ve played the Mercenaries modes in many of the past Resident Evil titles, I’ve yet to try the one to come along with Village, so I’m a little hesitant to get into the specifics of each character’s playstyle in fear of not fully understanding the finer details of their skills. Thus, I’ll just quote the rundown that Capcom offered up for how each will play.
Lady Dimitrescu looms large over enemies in this action-packed mode, where she brings her nine-foot stature to bear against any Lycans or other foes unfortunate enough to cross her path. In combat, Lady Dimitrescu builds a Thrill meter by slicing adversaries to ribbons with her razor-sharp talons. This allows her to perform special actions like slamming down hostiles or summoning her daughters.
Meanwhile, Lord Karl Heisenberg possesses his own electrifying powers. Equipped with a massive hammer and the ability to manipulate magnetic currents, Heisenberg can really put a charge into his attacks. The terrifying creations from Heisenberg’s factory, Soldat Jets, also join him in the fray – but be mindful not to get caught in the crossfire of their self-destructive assaults. Heisenberg can also trade off movement speed to see what enemies are made of by pulling them in with his magnetic field or put on a show everyone can enjoy by slinging scrap metal, like saw blades, their way.
Chris Redfield also S.T.A.R.S. in “The Mercenaries Additional Orders.” The legendary BSAA agent packs a serious straight punch that can not only get him out of situations where he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place, but it also builds up his Onslaught gauge in a hurry as well. When Onslaught is active, Chris moves and reloads with lightning speed. Chris can also request support from the Hound Wolf Squad by using his target locator to pinpoint enemy positions and call in support strikes.
These new roster additions for Mercenaries, along with two new maps (the Bloody Village and Bloody River) along with other updates will come as part of both the Winters’ Expansion DLC as well as Resident Evil Village Gold Edition on October 28th. As well, both will also include Shadows of Rose, a fresh story-focused single-player experience, and an intriguing new option that makes the entirety of Resident Evil Village playable in third person.
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