Dragon's Dogma 2: a large dragon roaring towards the camera.
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Dragon’s Dogma 2’s engine could lead to an open-world Resident Evil 9

Rumor has it.

Last week, Capcom released the long-awaited Dragon’s Dogma 2. Now, there was a bit of controversy surrounding its launch, such as the sheer number of DLC, but this post is not going to be about that (I’m sure you all have your own thoughts on the story). What I am going to say is that a rumor is circulating which states the game could potentially lead to an open-world Resident Evil installment.

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That’s according to known leaker AestheticGamer (thanks Eurogamer). In a post on Twitter/X a few days ago, it’s been alluded to that the engine that powers Dragon’s Dogma 2 could result in open-world functionality for RE9, a game which has not yet been officially announced. The tech might also be used for the next Monster Hunter.

AestheticGamer explains that DD2 uses an expanded version of Capcom’s RE Engine, which has been used in the development of the new Resident Evil games (and the remakes), as well as Monster Hinter Rise and Devil May Cry 5.

It will still retain its RE DNA, though

Now, it should be said that this has not been officially confirmed, so we can only assume these are speculations at this stage. However, the leaker does go on to say that RE9 – and other upcoming projects spoken about – will still retain their respective DNAs. This means a Resident Evil game that’s open-world will still feel like Resident Evil.

But we don’t know what’s happening with the ninth entry yet. Some may have concerns about the long-running survival horror series becoming open-world. The franchise has typically opted for more linear structures with a tightly packed story.

Whatever the case may be, Capcom will surely set the record straight in due time. Since the reboot in 2017, as well as the remakes, Resident Evil has been on top form. A new game is something a lot of fans will be looking forward to, so hopefully some sort of official announcement will be made soon.


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