We’ve told you about the Resident Evil 4/Code Veronica HD Remakes and we even dropped some more information on the up-and-coming Nintendo 3DS title, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries and it turns out that Capcom isn’t finished releasing RE-lated news. (See what I did there?)
Despite the fact that it was destroyed via nuclear missile in Resident Evil 3 back in 1999, Capcom is putting together yet another installment of the Resident Evil franchise based in Raccoon City titled, “Operation Raccoon City” (not pictured, cleverness).
All kidding aside, this team-based shooter is going to be set for the Xbox 360 and PS3 and has a tentative release date of ‘Winter’. Operation Raccoon City will focus on more of a co-op experience as up to four players can join in on the fun. The setting will revolve around the players being part of a ‘clean up crew’ designed to eliminate traces of evidence of the outbreak which infested the city (and according to every Resident Evil game I ever played, they did poorly).
Capcom has said that Operation Raccoon City will be very loose with the actual cannon of the series and this will allow the players to have more freedom with their actions and decisions. There is even talk of the team encountering and even killing the window-breaking hero of Resident Evil 4, Leon Kennedy. It’s good to see that Capcom is allowing the fans to shatter the cannon for once considering they’ve been doing it for years.
Despite my ridicule, I must admit that I’m interested in the gameplay as it contains an interesting leveling-up mechanic to it which will reward you with experience points that can then be spent on weapons and skills (including take-downs, stealth kills, etc). It doesn’t sound revolutionary, but I’m a sucker for zombie killing fun and role-playing regardless of how simplistic it is.
As the rail-shooter Chronicles series on the Wii has shown, action-based RE games played with friends eliminate the horror and replace it with mindless fun. However, the Outbreak series has shown that playing a survival-horror online eliminates the suspense and replaces it with frustration. Despite all of that, Capcom is usually a pretty reliable source when it comes to mindless fun, so I’ll have to write this down as one of the games I will be following until it’s released this winter.