Capcom, the creator of the popular survival horror game franchise Resident Evil, recently announced on its blog that the latest iteration of the franchise will be getting a free online service called Resident Evil.net (RE.net). The website will be tracking gameplay stats of anyone who registers and allows users to compare their stats with their friends.
According to the blog post, another cool feature of RE.net will be that it will allow Capcom to hold events and stuff which will reward gamers with in-game items such as skins. Here’s an example of one such event according to the blog: “let's say one weekend the goal is to kill 10,000 zombies. Everyone who has an RE.net account and plays during that time period will receive RE.net points that can be redeemed on the site for a variety of goodies – chief among them new costumes that appear in the actual game.”
A screenshot of RE.net
At the end of each event, a winner will be crowned and they will receive a Champion belt. According to the blog post, “that belt really likes to get around,” so the players will have to keep playing the next week’s event if they want to retain the belt. There will also be a list of every player who has ever won the Champion belt, so there will be a record that tracks the player’s victory even if they have lost the belt.
Earlier this month, a big feature was revealed which is unlocked by completing the main three campaigns of the game. The feature is a new game mode called ‘Agent Hunt’ where players take control of the AI-controlled creatures and enter other players’ games through online play. The main goal of the game mode is to defeat the player-controlled agents. There will be a warning for players when a human-controlled enemy enters the game, but they will not be told which creature the other player is controlling. When more than one player invades the same game, they can use voice chat to form strategies with each other.
The online service shows a push towards multiplayer
Resident Evil 6 was originally set to have three playable characters– Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and Jake Muller, all three with their own storylines that will eventually converge. Recently though, Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has revealed that Resident Evil 6 will feature a fourth campaign that will be unlockable. The fourth campaign will feature Ada Wong as a playable character and will be unlocked once the three main campaigns of the game have been cleared. In an interview with Famitsu, executive producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi talked about some of the details about Ada’s campaign. “Ada’s story will clear up the mysteries from the other scenarios,” said Kobayashi. “Her scenario is played solo, without a partner character. When playing as Leon and the other main characters, you may end up encountering other players who are controling Ada.”
Resident Evil 6 will be released for consoles on October 20, and PC will see a release during November.
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