One of the most popular videogame franchises in the horror genre has always been Capcom’s Resident Evil series. Created by Shinji Mikami, the premise of the original Resident Evil was that the Umbrella Corporation was conducting sinister experiments in a mansion outside of the town of Raccoon City, and a team of SWAT-like police called the Special Tactics and Rescue Service, or STARS, stumbles onto it in an investigation of several cannibalistic murders. Further games expanded on this premise, and it has since become one of the most successful action-horror games series of all time, in addition to coining the term Survival Horror.
Capcom released a new trailer for the latest game in the series, Resident Evil 6, during the San Diego Comic-Con. Resident Evil 6 will be the eighth installment in the main line of Resident Evil games. Details are scant, but along with a single player campaign, RE6 will feature six-player co-op and eight-player competitive multiplayer modes.
The game is set to have three playable characters, Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and Jake Muller, all three with their own storylines that will eventually converge.
The story is set fifteen years after the Raccoon City Incident. US President Adam Benford is ready to reveal everything about it, but when Leon Kennedy arrives to discuss the revelation, he finds the President transformed into a monster beyond recognition by a bioterrorist attack, which forces him to make an unberable decision. He is also caught in the middle of a massive bioattack on the American town of Tall Oaks, and must find the person responsible for the attacks with the help of a Secret Service agent who is hiding her own secrets. Halfway around the globe, BSAA agent Chris Redfield arrives in Lanshiang, a coastal in China, to help suppress another bioterrorist threat. No place or person seems safe from these attacks, and this knowledge has united Earth's population under the common fear of seeing mankind face extinction. A third story will follow a mercenary named Jake Muller as he teams up with Sherry Birkin. Jake harbors something in his blood that may be mankind's only hope for stopping the global outbreak of the newly-discovered C-Virus. Jake also seems to be the legacy of the late Albert Wesker, as he has another name: Wesker Jr.
Resident Evil 6 seems all about ready to scare your pants off, though this entry in the franchise will be more action oriented, with the ability to dodge roll, move while shooting, and sliding on the ground while firing. This would be much more action oriented than Resident Evil 4 or 5.
Resident Evil 6 will be released for consoles on October 20, and PC will see a release during November.
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