Resident Evil 6 may still an excruciating nine months away from release, but that isn’t stopping Capcom from spilling a few more of those precious beans of information to whet our appetites in the meantime. In an interview with Famitsu, executive producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, director Eiichiro Sasaki, and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi had some interesting things to say.
What follows is a breakdown of the more pertinent bits of info gleaned from the interview.
- The game is about 50% complete already. The game’s release date was announced so far in advance in order to demonstrate how smoothly the development is coming along.
- They’re bringing back more horror, but not returning the series to its basics.
- The game takes place in the year 2013.
- You can now move while shooting, in addition to new roll and slide maneuvers.
- The as-yet-unnamed third main protagonist is being included to appeal to younger gamers, since Leon and Chris are the series’ hardened veterans. His morals are decidedly ambiguous.
Capcom USA details most of the main characters:
Leon S. Kennedy
Following the Raccoon City incident Leon was recruited as a US government agent by none other than Adam Benford, who would later become the President of the United States. Ever since the nightmare that was Raccoon City Leon has made it his life’s work to eradicate bioterrorism.
Like Leon, she is also a government agent, but was in the process of transferring to the Secret Service to become one of the President’s personal bodyguards. In the announcement trailer it is Helena who admits to Leon that she is the one responsible for this incident.
The ex-S.T.A.R.S member who continued the fight against bioterrorism as the leader of the BSAA underwent a personal trauma some six months prior to the events depicted in RE6. In spite of this he has rejoined his BSAA colleagues in China to uncover a major bioterrorist attack.
We’re still trying to track down his real identity but we do know this man is a mercenary currently engaged in a bloody conflict in Eastern Europe where reports confirm that B.O.W.s are increasingly being used. One day, he’s told that he is the man to save the world. Whilst he doesn’t understand the implications of this, he does immediately think how much money he can make from it.
A member of Field Operations Support (FOS), Ingrid has been working with Leon for a long time, and they share a mutual trust.
President of the United States and the man who hired Leon after the Raccoon City incident.
- The new (more traditional) zombies were not created by the T-Virus. They can now run, jump, and use weapons as well. The fear factor is meant to come from being able to see how they lived their lives before zombification.
- A new B.O.W., the J’avo (meaning “Demon” in Serbian) appears in Eastern Europe and still exhibits certain human traits, such as speech, group tactics, and use of weapons. They can also regenerate limbs and mutate into different forms after taking damage.
It sounds like Capcom is going for the whole “something for everyone” vibe with Resident Evil 6. So long as the individual stories and gameplay styles are actually fun and intense, we could be in for one hell of a game here come November.