Capcom has been hinting the existence of a new Resident Evil installment for a long while now and yesterday, the Japanese-based company officially confirmed what everyone was expecting. Resident Evil 6 will be out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 on November 20, 2012. There will also be a PC version of the game which will come out later.
What’s quite interesting about this new title in the Resident Evil franchise is that it goes back to its roots. Not only will the game feature characters from previous installments, but it’ll also include two split campaigns. In the United States, Leon S. Kennedy is with the president 10 years after the events of Raccoon City and the trailer hints that the truth of what actually happened will be revealed. Nevertheless, when the president is about to do so, a group of terrorists infect him with a mysterious virus.
In China, Chris Redfield (now member of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance) founds himself in the middle of a bioterrorist attack. This is very reminiscent of Resident Evil 2, a game that had two separate discs and each one featured the story of a different character (Leon and Claire.) Resident Evil 6 will be the first game in the franchise to feature both Leon and Chris, something quite surprising considering the popularity of both characters. Additionally, Capcom has confirmed that new characters are yet to be announced and it should also be noted that both Leon and Chris will have a partner. Ada Wong is expected to be a playable character but this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.
The upcoming title will have action-oriented and survival horror elements, mixing the old with the new to create something completely different. Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who has previously worked on games such as Killer 7, Resident Evil 4 and Dragon’s Dogma, is leading the game’s development team.
Before the official announcement Capcom had posted a small blog with a countdown titled NoHopeLeft.com. The site now redirects its visitors to a YouTube page which has the Resident Evil 6 trailer on various languages.
When I first saw the official announcement stating that both Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield were going to be part Resident Evil 6 it gave me that “been there, done that” feeling. Then I saw the trailer… and let me tell you that now I’m really excited about the game. Old characters are back, gameplay seems to have been tweaked a bit and the bleak atmosphere so proper of the older titles is featured. This seems like a step in the right direction in very sense, though I want to see more of it to be sure.
Finally, here’s the United States version of the aforementioned trailer: