Is Capcom Going Resident Evil Berserk?

Fans of Capcom and their Resident Evil franchise have a horde of zombie filled games to look forward to over the next year.  With five titles lined up, some new and some old, it seems as though Capcom is gearing up to milk one of its main series for all its worth.  Here’s a rundown of the future T-virus outbreak.

Two games that helped evolve the Resident Evil series into the action oriented gameplay that we saw in RE5 were Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Resident Evil 4.  Both games have already seen multiple versions across multiple platforms but never have we had them in updated HD graphics.

To kick off the 15th anniversary of the first survival horror game based in Raccoon City, Capcom is remaking these two classics.  RE4 will come packed with all the extras that have been added over the years including the Separate Ways epilogue.  Both titles will be released later this fall as downloads on the XBLA and PSN.

Are you the proud cross-eyed owner of a shiny new 3DS system?  Well then you’re in luck because these next two titles are coming to you in eye-popping 3D.  Releasing sometime this summer, Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D is a collection of the Mercenaries levels found in both RE4 and RE5 with additional characters and reworked levels so those who can play the extra-mode with their eyes closed may still get some excitement out of this.

Then we have the first new and original title in this long list, Resident Evil: Revelations.  While Mercenaries will be released for the 3DS, Revelations was specifically built with the 3DS in mind.  I got the chance to play this one during the Nintendo World 2011 in Japan and I was quite pleased with the short demo.  Trapped on a ship wrecked in the middle of the ocean somewhere, you play as Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield.  The game allows for aiming and reloading of guns while moving, which is uncommon for the series.  No release date has been announced yet for this one but a playable demo (possibly the same one I played) will come packaged with Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D.

The final notch on the laundry list here is Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.  Set to release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC this new story arc will take place sometime between RE2 and RE3 and will allow you to make changes to the thread of history.  Playing as either a Umbrella Security Services soldier or a United States Special Operations agent you will be trying to cover up the evidence of Umbrella’s work or expose all their secrets.  So far the only known character in the game is Leon S. Kennedy and is on your hit-list.  More details will be announced at this year’s E3.

With all these games coming out over the course of the year it seems as though Resident Evil fans will have their hands full.  My fear though is that Capcom is over exposing the series and headed the way of Guitar Hero.  Remember gamers, too much of a good thing can be bad for your health.

Written by Bryan

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