The Resident Evil series, was at one point, the best zombie franchise of all time. Focusing on survival, Resident Evil made you feel like death was hiding around every corner. There was an urgency to escape the chaos, and to find out, what caused all of it. Resident Evil was the best. Their first 3 installments (Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis) took us through a true “survival horror”, that hooked millions of fans.
Resident Evil’s huge success, unfortunately, also brought its downfall. With such huge demand on the franchise, its developers and Capcom, derailed it from its core, branching the story to alternative versions; making it lose its momentum along the way. Most of the games that followed Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, wouldn’t be branded as bad, in fact they aren’t bad at all, the games were fun and were true to its Resident Evil formula, but, it just didn’t make sense anymore. There were to many variations of the T-Virus and it had turned into a circus.
In Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City, we are going back to where it all started. Back to the core of the series, living the “survival horror” of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, but this time as Umbrella Agents. There hasn’t been any information on what we are to encounter in our return to Racoon City, but, there are known facts that we will be playing, the exact same timeline as Resident Evil 2 and 3; As Umbrella Agents we can alter the course of the Resident Evil Universe, or we can leave it as it is. Sounds like we are going to be able to kill off key characters of Resident Evil, like Leon Kennedy.
The core mechanics of the game have been changed. We no longer are going to be playing a “slow-paced” Resident Evil. Slant-Six is the developer behind Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City. They are best known for developing Socom Confrontation. This doesn’t mean that it’s gonna be Socom with zombies, actually the game is turning out to be, way better than anyone ever expected. We can finally move and shoot, which is great. It’s a mechanic that I think everyone’s been wanting for a long time. It’s said that the campaign can be completed either solo, or with up to 4 player online coop. A multiplayer mode will also be introduced, very little is know about how the multiplayer will work, and what game modes it will offer, but what has been revealed to us, it lets us know, this Resident Evil is gonna be huge.
Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City – Official Trailer (E3 2011)
The video below is from this years E3 with G4’s Morgan Webb doing some Face Time with Mike Jones (Assistant Producer, Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City).
G4’s interview with Mike Jones at this years E3