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Looks like Capcom's gearing up to celebrate Resident Evil's 25th anniversary next year

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Resident Evil developer Capcom has revealed it wants to celebrate Resident Evil in style as we creep ever closer to the franchise's 25th anniversary in March 2021.

As spotted by Rockman Corner (opens in new tab) (via VGC (opens in new tab)), Capcom is asking its licensing partners – that's the people who make the cool official merch pertaining to our favourite games – to get involved in the festivities, inviting them to apply for "campaigns and goods that take advantage of the world view of Resident Evil".

“We are looking for licensees, focusing on the 25th anniversary of the Resident Evil series (March 2021) and product development of the latest title Resident Evil 3,” the listing reads (opens in new tab), as translated by Google Translate. 

The seminal survival horror series was released way back in 1996 and "boasts a huge recognition [...] all over the world", according to an update from Capcom. 

"Moreover, in addition to Hollywood movies and attractions, it has also succeeded in multiple development in various fields, its popularity has jumped out of the game industry and has won a wide range of targets including young generations," the developer added, citing its average player as typically being male and aged anywhere from "late teens to 40s".

Resident Evil 8 is already confirmed to be in the works (opens in new tab), and rumoured to be releasing as soon as 2021 for next-gen consoles the PS5 (opens in new tab) and Xbox Series X (opens in new tab). What's more, a new leak has suggested that Resident Evil 8 will be called Resident Evil: Village, and could focus heavily on rural cults in Europe. 

After the success of Resident Evil 3 Remake (opens in new tab), Resident Evil 2 Remake (opens in new tab), and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (opens in new tab), there's pressure on Capcom to deliver something truly game-changing with Resident Evil 8, but with so little to go on, the wait for an official reveal is agonising. For more, here's everything we know (opens in new tab) about the upcoming survival horror sequel so far.

There's still a lot to get excited about in gaming this year, too. Here are the upcoming games of 2020 (opens in new tab) we really just can't wait for.

Vikki Blake
Vikki Blake

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.