It's thrilling to think Resident Evil Village is only a couple of weeks away now. The hotly-anticipated horror game arrives on 7th May 2021, which also means that Capcom is beginning to slowly open the floodgates for extended media coverage. One example would be Game Informer's deep dive into how the title's upgrade systems will work. It looks like weapons can be enhanced with attachments alongside the usual boosting of their base stats while protagonist Ethan Winters can also be upgraded in a number of ways.

When it comes to improving your arsenal, Lei is what you'll need to be on the lookout for. Resident Evil Village's currency is dropped by enemies and can then be spent at The Duke's Emporium, who is essentially the merchant. You'll be able to purchase supplies such as first aid meds and ammunition, but also spend Lei on permanent gun upgrades. The video above shares how the M1897 Shotgun can have its power, rate of fire, reload speed, and ammo capacity all enhanced.

Then there's Ethan Winters himself, who can be upgraded via a brand new mechanic. The game's village is littered with cattle, birds, and fish that can be killed. You'll be able to pick up Meat, Fish, and Poultry resources off their bodies and then use them to cook up meals that boost Winters' stats. One example is the Bird and Beast Pilaf, which reduces the damage you take when guarding. You'll need four pieces of Poultry and one bit of Meat to cook up that recipe. The trade-off is here that you'll be using valuable ammo to source these items, so it becomes a balancing act of upgrading your character and ensuring you have enough bullets to last you a while.

If you want to see more of Resident Evil Village, don't forget that more gameplay will feature during tonight's Resident Evil Showcase. Head on through this link for more information, including when to tune in. Between now and then though, what do you make of these upgrade systems? Share your thoughts in the comments below.