There’s something that’s been missing from the Resident Evil series as of late – That building tension while you edge around each corner and slowly pace yourself down each hall, taking in every aspect of your environment to predict what will jump at you next. It is a feeling that not many titles seem to be able to live up to. The Resident Evil franchise is seemingly focusing more on Chris’ big manly muscles and action sequences than actually working to create a chilling experience. The trailer for Resident Evil 6 doesn’t calm my fears either, but Resident Evil Revelations looks to be giving us a glimpse of where the series could have gone if Resident Evil 4 was taken in a more conservative direction.
In a new trailer revealed today by Capcom, the news organisation RETV (Resident Evil Tele-Vision for all you acronym lovers out there) presents a live report showing the neighbouring clashes between an incoming zombie horde and a team of mercenaries hired in order to eradicate the new threat. The game is based on the “Mercenaries” mini games found in Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 where players must defeat as many enemies as possible in a set time limit. While Resident Evil fans will appreciate all of the various maps and characters useable from the two previous entries in the main series, as an added extra the game will feature a demo of the upcoming survival horror game Resident Evil Extinctions which sets to link the previous two games. The game is set to come out on June 28th and a trailer can be viewed after the jump.
Capcom essentially started the modern idea of a survival horror game. And while the basis for the style can be traced back further they are what comes to mind when one thinks of the survival horror genre. Resident Evil is now 15 years old and the series has come a surprisingly long way in that time. Going from a clunky fixed camera adventure game to a the full on action games that they are today.
You may have noticed that Capcom has announced two remakes and two new 3DS Resident Evil games all slated for this year. The titles are celebrating the series anniversary and it’s definitely paying off because I want to buy every one of them. Check out their little tribute voiced by all time super matrix man, Albert Wesker.
Capcom recently announced that both Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica X would be coming to downloadable services in HD alongside their announcements of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and the Resident Evil: Revelations demo that will be included in Resident Evil: Mercenaries for 3DS. Some footage got out onto the internet, as it always tends to do, and it’s really quite flattering. It shows of Resident Evil 4 gameplay using an Xbox 360 controller and it looks significantly better than any previous version of Resident Evil 4. I don’t really know how much they can do to Code Veronica X considering it’s Dreamcast roots.
The Footage has since been debunked as the PC version of the game that has been tweaked to show the 360 prompts. Still this is a good example of what the game might look like since it was on PC. Check out what the upcoming release may look like below.
Need more characters in your Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D? Jill and Wesker are looking to help fill those slots! Mercenaries 3D focuses on the Mercenaries portion of the Resident Evil series, with a heavy emphasis on score. Others series veterans like Chris, Claire, and Hunk will be featured in this mode.
If you’re waiting for the next full Resident Evil entry on 3DS, you may still want to pick up Mercenaries 3D. The title will feature a demo for Resident Evil Revelations, a full-on Resident Evil title.
Mercenaries 3D has been announced for this June in Japan. Europe is also rumored to be getting it around then, but Capcom has yet to confirm that.
Was Resident Evil 5′s Co-Op and Mercenaries mode not enough multiplayer in your Resident Evil diet? Behold, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City! This title from Slant Six Games, developers of the SOCOM series, puts players behind the action with a third person squad based shooter. You’ll will have to face off against another squad, while surviving the zombie outbreak in Raccoon City.
The title takes place in the time-frame of Resident Evil 2 and 3, so series classics like Leon S. Kennedy will be present. Unfortunately for him, you’re not on the same side.
The title is set for this Winter, and you’ll be able to find it on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
The real stuff that went down today was gameplay from Capcom’s offerings for the 3DS. Resident Evil Revelations, Resident Evil Mercanaries, and SSFIV 3D edition were shown. I seem to still have some issue with my capturing so the video’s are void of audio and smaller then they should be. Luckily you aren’t missing anything at all since Japanese people tend to be quite chatty when demoing games. So you can’t really hear anything even if I did have sound. Check out the gameplay and a reel of 3DS games planned after the jump.
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Remember the first multi-player focused Resident Evil titles? Yeah, not too fabulous. Resident Evil 5, though? Pretty good. Capcom may be looking into moving the next big entry in the series to a multi-player focused title.
Kotaku received a document for a Resident Evil title with the sub name Raccoon City. The document lists Slant Six as the developers. They have previously worked on the SOCOM series. The document suggests it will be a team-based title, but didn’t get into specifics.
With Capcom picking up Western developers for titles like Devil May Cry and Dead Rising 2, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this move made. When Kotaku asked Capcom to comment, they responded, “Capcom does not respond to rumors and/or speculation.” Surprise, surprise.
The only currently announced Resident Evil titles are both heading to Nintendo 3DS.
Capcom have reminded us that although Dino Crisis and Onimusha reboots seem far away, they haven’t been forgotten.
Dino Crisis is a Resident Evil style dinosaur game and its last major title was Dino Crisis 3 for the original Xbox back in 2003. Capcom VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development, Christian Svensson has said, “Dino Crisis 3 I think is where it went off the rails if I recall. Dino Crisis’ success really was an out cropping of Resident Evil 1 and 2. There are discussions, Dino Crisis comes up from time to time, but there isnt any burning desire from R&D or the business side to light that franchise back up again.” So Dino Crisis does seem to have a future, there’s just no ideas yet..
Samurai action series Onimusha on the otherhand is ‘percolating’ within Capcom. Svensson tells us that, “Onimusha is tricky in particular given how Japanese-focused the franchise has been…The brand doesn’t right now have quite the resilience that you might think. While Onimusha 1 and Onimusha 2 are among our more successful titles, Onimusha 3 and Onimusha Dawn of Dreams, not so much. You may see some things of the brand pop up in the future, I can’t say what, but there are certainly discussions about it.”
So yeah, let’s hope for more ideas gaiz.
I LOVE ME SOME SCARY GAMES. And as we inch ever closer to Halloween, I’m reminded of the super-awesome Resident Evil marathon TSG had last year. Capcom itself lent support by donating prizes, promoting, and even recording bumpers for the show! It was great, and I <3 THEM VERY MUCH.THUS, SOME ADORABLE FANART OF SOME OF UMBRELLA’S DEADLIEST CREATIONS…