It has been awhile since the Resident Evil franchise has stirred up any newsworthy buzz, but that has all changed. Some big news for the franchise has recently surfaced and I couldn’t be more excited. There are 3 Resident Evil projects in the pipeline as we speak.
Slant Six’s rumored Resident Evil game has finally been confirmed and has been titled Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. It is a mulitplayer horror game that is set in 1998 when the original outbreak occurred in Raccoon City. Players will take the helm of 4 new characters; Vector, Beltway, Bertha, and Spectre while encountering other known characters from the franchise. Players will earn XP for their zombie slaughter and can use those points to upgrade skills and other such things. The game will no doubt be reminiscent of the RE: Outbreak games, but hopefully it will deliver its own brand of awesomeness. Slant Six did not impress me whatsoever with Socom: Confrontation, but I am willing to put aside our differences and remain supportive of this project. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has a tentative release date of “winter” so keep your eyes peeled.
Second piece of fantastic news returns home to Capcom and has to do with two RE titles that rhyme with gore and load harmonica. If you were unable to deduce that simple riddle I speak of Resident Evil Four and Code Veronica. But wait, these games have been out for awhile and have already started to show their wrinkles right? Yes, but WHAM!!!! HD remakes for both are coming to the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this fall complete with upgraded HD visuals and Achievement/Trophy support. This also marks the first time RE4 and Code Veronica X are on a Microsoft console where last generation they got no love. I almost forgot, Resident Evil 4 will also include everything from its 75 different releases last gen (Separate Ways and Assignment Ada etc.) and Code Veronica X will not include a Devil May Cry demo.
RE fans are going to have an action packed year with these newly announced/confirmed projects and also Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS. As more information breaks I will be sure to report it swiftly. Until then go play Resident Evil 4 with only the Chicago Typewriter and the Infinite Launcher, it is silly.