Capcom announced today that Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is in fact happening. Initially outed by the early sightings of a magazine cover, this squad based Resident Evil title has been detailed by Capcom in an official press release from the company. They note that Raccoon City is a collaboration between Capcom and Vancouver based studio, Slant 6. The game is tenatively dated for a winter release and will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC.
The latest offering is said to be taking the series in a completely new direction, yet to be seen from the franchise. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will be a third person team based shooter experience set in the world of Resident Evil. The game will feature a number of competitive multiplayer modes, with three way combat between the Umbrella Security Service, US Special Ops, and Zombies.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City delivers a true third person team based shooter experience set within the dark and sinister Resident Eviluniverse and a reinterpretation of the events depicted in Resident Evil® 2and Resident Evil® 3. The setting of the Resident Evil universe not only provides a rich backdrop to the action but delivers a unique and thrilling triple threat battle. Zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons (B.O.W’s) add to the mix as players not only compete against an opposing squad but also tackle this third unpredictable element, creating a brand new style of gameplay and breaking the conventions of traditional team based shooters.
It is September 1998 and the action centers once more on the ill-fated Raccoon City and the horrific consequences of the deadly T-virus outbreak from the Umbrella facility. With a cover up required, Umbrella orders an elite team into Raccoon City to destroy all evidence of the outbreak and eliminate any survivors. Hearing of this plan, the US Government dispatches its own special forces to uncover any evidence that exposes the cause of the viral infection and Umbrella’s actions. Players take on the role of an Umbrella Security Services soldier (U.S.S.), competing alone or in four player co-op in a battle against all the competing forces at play in Raccoon City.
Expect the return of original Resident Evil enemies, iconic landmarks such as the Raccoon City Police Department and fan favorite characters, including Leon S. Kennedy, who as a rookie police officer in Raccoon City is on your hit list to eliminate. Players will experience a retelling of classic moments from past titles Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 and watch the events unfolding from the menacing perspective of the Umbrella Security Service, giving fans the chance to rewrite the history of the Raccoon City outbreak. – Capcom