Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8)

Resident Evil Village Story and Plot Summary

Resident Evil Village Story and Plot Summary

As you begin your journey towards the mysterious Village, you may be curious to know what brought Ethan there in the first place. Read on to find out what we know so far about the story of Resident Evil Village!

Resident Evil Village Backstory

Resident Evil 7 and Village is the Story of Ethan Winters

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Ethan Winters, the protagonist of Resident Evil Village first appeared in the previous installment in the series, Resident Evil 7. Unlike most protagonists in the Resident Evil franchise, Ethan's identity is largely unclear. His character arc begins with RE7 and will end with RE8.

Resident Evil 7 - Rescuing Mia

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We first meet Ethan Winters as a desperate man trying to find his missing wife Mia. After receiving a mysterious letter, Ethan goes to the Baker Family ranch in Dulvey, Louisiana in attempt to reunite with his wife. This is where Ethan first makes contact with the Megamycete that has infected Mia.

Resident Evil Village - Rescuing Rose

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Resident Evil Village's story picks up several years after the events of Resident Evil 7. The last we saw of Ethan Winters and his wife Mia, they were rescued by Chris Redfield alongside the company of Blue Umbrella, an offshoot of the Umbrella Corporation that was responsible for the incidents in past Resident Evil games.

Resident Evil Village Story and Plot Summary

The Murder of Mia and Abduction of Rose

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The story begins with a quiet evening at the Winters' home. As both Ethan and Mia settle in for dinner, gunshots ring in the dark, and we see Mia killed by Chris Redfield right in front of her husband.

A group of armed men leads Ethan and his daughter Rosemary out, and after a brief flashback highlighting the troubles Mia and Ethan have, Ethan wakes to find the armed men dead, and his daughter gone.

The Village

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Dazed and confused, Ethan walks away from the site, reaching the outskirts of the titular Village, and not soon after has his first encounter against the murderous beasts that stalk it – the Lycans.

He manages to escape and meet up with a group of survivors, but they are all killed when one of the group transforms into a Lycan himself.

Battling the Lords

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As Ethan makes his way to the castle, he is caught by Karl Heisenberg. Here he meets the four lords of the village and Mother Miranda. Later, after escaping from the Lycans chasing you, we learn from the mysterious Duke that all the four lords had been given flasks containing a piece of his daughter Rose.

He takes one lord after the other, defeating Lady Dimistrescu, Donna Beneviento, and Salvatore Moreau until Heisenberg contacts him with a proposal.

The Fight in the Factory

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After retrieving the last flask at the Stronghold, Ethan is taken to Heisenberg's Factory, located just outside of the Village. There, the man asks Ethan to join him in an alliance and to use his daughter Rose as a weapon to defeat Mother Miranda.

Ethan rejects his offer, and after fighting through the vicious monsters in his factory, he manages to defeat Heisenberg himself. While in the factory, Ethan meets with Chris again and learns that Mother Miranda had impersonated Mia with her powers of mimicry. She was the one they shot and "killed", not his wife.

The War in The Village

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Ethan is killed by Mother Miranda soon after his fight with Heisenberg, and Chris vows to fight Mother Miranda head-on as retribution. He fights through monsters in the Village, quietly questioning why the BSAA was there, before finding Mia alive in Mother Miranda's private study.

The End

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Chris learns from Mia that Ethan did, in fact, die during the events of the Baker Incident from Resident Evil 7. The Ethan we know now is a version of him built entirely of Mold. Knowing this, as his body begins to wither away, he battles and ends Mother Miranda for good, sacrificing himself so that Chris and Rose would escape safely from the bomb meant to destroy the Megamycete.

After Chris and Mia escape with Rose, we jump forward to the future, where Rose is now a teenager. She is using your powers and working with Chris. As she is driven away from Ethan's grave, we see a faint outline of a man walking beside her car. Could it be Ethan watching over her?

New Enemy Types


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Resident Evil Village also hosts a number of new bosses transformed by the Megamycete who all serve under Mother Miranda. Each boss will have multiple-stage fights to overcome in order for Ethan Winters to finally rescue his daughter.
List of Bosses


Lycans replace the recognizable zombies from earlier Resident Evil entries. These enemies are more durable and feral than their zombie counterparts. Lycan Enemy Guide


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Varcolacs are the stuff of nightmares. These nightmarish werewolf-like monsters are agile and deadly, able to tank multiple hits from shotguns before finally going down.
Varcolac Enemy Guide


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Moroaicas are undead vampires that may be the closest the game has to zombies. These monsters were once female villagers lured and trapped in Castle Dimitrescu to serve Lady Dimitrescu and her children.
Moroaica Enemy Guide

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