All We Know About Resident Evil 6

If you liked Resident Evil 5, you’re definitely looking forward to Resident Evil 6. If you liked Resident Evil 4, you’re hoping there’s actually some horror this time around. If you’re a fan of the earlier games, you think the newer ones don’t even compare.

I’m not going to argue which one’s the best *cough RE4*; they all deserve a certain amount of respect. Of course, I’m speaking solely for the numbered entries in the franchise, as I haven’t played Outbreak, Dead Aim, or any of the other spin-offs, excluding Resident Evil: Code Veronica X, which is really more like a numbered entry minus the number.

So what is Capcom’s plan this time around? Here’s what we know:

  • The year is 2013 and US President Adam Benford has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place in the 1998 Raccoon City Destruction Incident 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 decision ever. At the same time, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance member Chris Redfield arrives in the fictional city of Lanshiang (based on Hong Kong), 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.
  • There will be at least 3 playable characters: Leon, Chris, and an unnamed third, whose blood is the key to saving the world. Many believe he might actually be HUNK, a recurring survivor who first made an appearance in Resident Evil 2, and will also be in the new Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Each character will have their own partner and story-line.
  • The official Xbox 360 website said that it had 2-6 player online co-op and online multiplayer (assumed to be competitive). Since then the information has been taken down. An accident? A leak? A misprint? We can’t be 100% sure.
  • They’re labeling it as the first in a new genre: dramatic-horror.
  • It’s being produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, the former having worked on RE1 and 2 as a programmer, and RE4 as a producer. I’m not saying that he’s the sole reason for Resident Evil’s success, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have him on board.
  • A playable demo of Resident Evil 6 will release for Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 5th. Those who buy Dragon’s Dogma, an upcoming action-adventure-rpg, will have early access to the demo on July 3rd.
  • The full title will be available in NA, Europe, and Australia on November 20th, and November 22nd in Japan.

My take: Dramatic-horror? Are you serious? I’m sorry, I was under the impression that all horror was dramatic. Maybe it’s their way of saying, “this time, the game will actually scare you.” Who knows. It’s probably because “survival-horror” and “action-horror” just doesn’t describe RE6 very well due to it’s different gameplay styles, which can be seen in the trailer below.

I’m honestly pretty disappointed that companions are returning; horror in gaming is best left as a solitary experience in my book. Adding more players just diminishes my sense of isolation and helplessness. Even if your companion is equally as helpless. *looks at Ashley* And who could forget Sheva’s exceptional AI in RE5? Thanks for the sex appeal, but GTFO!

I’m also a little trepid of the multiple story-lines, mostly because we don’t know how they’re going to handle it yet. Will they have a story select screen? Will stories be progressively unlocked? Will it all be put into on campaign in which we’ll switch between them in some fashion? And the fact that there are 3 stories means less time with each character. This could lead to a lack of immersion as we won’t get as much time as we normally would to grow attached to them. And less time with Leon, aka “the boss”, is never a good thing.

I’m not going to comment on the multiplayer, as we haven’t actually seen any footage of it yet… as far as we know. Could be good, could be bad, I don’t feel like speculating over it. We already have Operation Raccoon City to look forward to in that department anyway.

Dragon’s Dogma looks meh. Will I pay $60 just to play Resident Evil 6 early? Maybe. If I have money by then, I might just have to give in to my inner fanboy.