There are some aspects of particular games that have become so ingrained in the gaming public’s consciousness, even a tiny reminder of them can bring back a flood of memories. A good example of this is the saving typewriter and its relationship with the Resident Evil franchise. I bet you read the title of this guide and immediately thought “typewriter,” right? Well, you would be right. Here’s how to save your progress in Resident Evil Village.

Since the very first Resident Evil game, typewriters have been a vital lifeline, serving as the one and only means of saving your progress. This actually lent itself to some great survival horror vibes back in the 90s; not only were you constantly at risk of losing hours of progress, your saves were limited by the number of ink ribbons you had. The modern Resident Evil games have maintained this tradition to an extent (though the ink ribbons have mostly been relegated to harder difficulties in the remakes) and Resident Evil Village is no different.

How to Save Your Progress in Resident Evil Village

The first and foremost means of saving your progress in Village is to use a typewriter. You’re free to stop and save at a particular typewriter as much as you want, and in fact, you should. Typewriters tend to be very few and far between room-to-room, with one of the only places you can reliably find them being in the vicinity of the Duke. 

In addition to manually saving at typewriters, though, Village does have a checkpointing system, usually triggering on major events and story beats. In the event of your untimely demise, you’ll be returned to either the most recent checkpoint or the last typewriter you saved at, depending on which was more recent. Checkpoints also double as autosaves, and you can load your game from them on the main menu, though personally, I don’t feel comfortable ending a play session without a manual save at a typewriter.