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Capcom Issues Warning on Fake ‘Resident Evil Village’ Beta Invites

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Don’t accept unsolicited mail from vampires.

The eighth main entry into the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil Village, is set to release this coming May. Hype levels are already pretty high thanks to the previews’ glimpses of spooky, snow-covered villages, massive gothic architecture, and of course, nine-foot-tall vampire ladies. It seems, however, that some folks were a little too eager to get up close and personal with Lady Dimetrescu, as some reports have been circulating of people being tricked into downloading fake beta versions of the game.

Capcom does frequently release demos or preview builds of their games, and Resident Evil Village did, in fact, have one already in the form of the “Maiden” demo that released exclusively for the PS5 a couple of months ago. However, there is not currently an open beta of the game, which is important to know as multiple people have received phishing emails disguised as invites for this nonexistent beta. These emails are all named “Early Access Invitation,” and come from a “ no reply” email address, as scam emails tend to.

In response to these phishing incidents, Capcom has issued an official warning to several publications to spread the word to as many people as possible. “We want to inform you that these messages are NOT from Capcom and appear to be phishing attempts by an unauthorized third party. If you have received such a message, please DO NOT download any files or reply, and delete the message immediately,” a Capcom rep told Destructoid in an email.

I know we all want a chance to shoot horrible monsters and get chased around a giant castle by a giant woman, but be patient and wait for May, unless you want to give your credit card information to the Umbrella Corporation.