The king of "survival horror" games is back for the sixth major outing and with Capcom's largest ever development team (including 150 people within Capcom itself, and over 600 worldwide including other companies) working on the game, and with full development having commenced in 2010, they are throwing everything at this title. It's clear too that the game really is shaping up as something quite special and while an early demo release may have disappointed some, the developers have taken the feedback to fine tune the game to perfection.
It has been ten years since the Raccoon City incident and the President of the United States has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place in the belief that it will curb the current resurgence in bioterrorist activity. Due to be by the President's side is his personal friend and Raccoon City survivor, Leon S. Kennedy, but when the venue suffers a bioterrorist attack, Leon is forced to face a President transformed beyond recognition and make his hardest ever decision.
Resident Evil 6's visuals are stunning.
At the same time, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance member, Chris Redfield arrives in China, itself under threat of a bioterrorist attack. With no country safe from these attacks and the ensuing outbreaks, the entire world’s population is united by a common fear that there is no hope left.
So Resident Evil 6 has four separate campaigns to complete set in locations such as North America, China and Eastern Europe which can be played either solo or co-op, online or offline. One sees Leon S. Kennedy and Helena Harper investigating the truth behind the bioterrorist attacks. Chris Redfield and fellow BSAA member Piers Nivans investigate the attack in Lanshiang in China and reveal it's more than an isolated incident. The third campaign sees Jake Muller, a man on the run, with Sherry Birkin trying to escape people who are after something special they carry - their blood. When those three campaigns are complete a fourth campaign, a solo one featuring Ada Wong, is unlocked as she infiltrates a series of locations for intel.
4-player crossover in Resident Evil 6 - Leon, Helena, Jake and Sherry together.
Long-term fans of the franchise will be very pleased to hear that this game features an evolved control system which, finally, allows you to move and shoot at the same time. Huzzah! Characters can also slide, roll in any direction and take cover from enemies. The melee attack has also been overhauled to improve the experience while the developers have also promised vehicles including motorbikes, cars and snowmobiles will be featured in the game.
As the campaigns cross paths at various points there are moments within the game when 4-player can play together online. Also launching with the game is ResidentEvil.net which is a free web service which grabs stats from your game and allows you to see game statistics, those of your friends, compete in worldwide events for prizes and link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The multiplayer Agent Hunt mode.
Of course this game will include plenty of online modes including an all new Agent Hunt Mode in which you experience the action as one of the zombies trying to eliminate the human characters. The developers are also including the popular Mercenaries mode back in this title.
On an audio visual level Resident Evil 6 is nothing short of spectacular with wonderful locations, character design, enemies and frantic action. A demo released earlier this year, in July in fact, had some people complaining about camera and screen tearing issues but Capcom have been listening and have said both issues - as well as some pacing - are being worked on prior to release.
Jake is a new character in Resident Evil 6.
Moving to audio and the European version of the game will feature localised voice overs in English, French, Spanish, German, Spanish and Italian with subtitles in Japanese, Russian, Polish, Brazilian and Portuguese. That's more impressive than many Blu-Ray movie releases.
The Resident Evil franchise has thrill gamers around the globe for many years now, and while there have been a couple of small stumbles, primarily with the offshoot games, this sixth major iteration looks sensational and seems to have all the elements in place for something very special indeed. The game is due out very soon, in early October, so get your pre-orders in now.
Below are two impressive trailers for Resident Evil 6. The first is the No Hope Left TV Gameplay trailer, and the second is the longer E3 Trailer. Enjoy.