Resident Evil Captivate
Capcom have revealed a lot more information about some of their upcoming titles at this year’s Captivate. Amongst the games shown was Resident Evil 6, which has been given a new, much sooner, release date.
The sixth, numbered, game in the Resident Evil franchise will now hit shelves on the 2nd of October, over a month earlier than it was previously expected to arrive. This news comes at the end of a very informative, action packed trailer that reveals that, though it definitely is Sherry and not Ashley that appears alongside the mysterious mercenary, I was right about who Chris was referring to in the previous trailer. That’s right, it’s Ada Wong.
Ada last appeared in Resident Evil 4 and goes back as far as the second game. She and Leon share a complicated story, which may be part of the reason why he defends her in the trailer, even going as far as pointing his gun at Chris, despite the fact that she so obviously has some major involvement in the chaos that is going on all around the world. Ada also reveals the identity of the mercenary character and we were all wrong. He is not HUNK or Alex Wesker, he is Jake Muller the son of Albert Wesker. Don’t feel too bad though, Jake didn’t see it coming either. Due to his genetic relation to Wesker, his blood is important, which is why Ada is hunting him down and Sherry is, I’m going to say, protecting him. She seems to just constantly get hit by things so she probably isn’t that good a protector.
Other details revealed were that players would be able to choose a campaign and play it through to completion; this means that you can play each team’s story from start to finish without changing to another part of the way through. However, the stories are not all separate from each other and there will be overlapping. In fact, the characters will come across each other a number of times in the location that is common to them all, China. Eventually each set of partners will make their way to China were they will face off with the new virus on the block, the C-virus, and the people responsible for its release.
The C-virus is similar to its predecessors, it turns people into zombies, real zombies, but as with previous viruses, G and T, it causes the zombies to behave a little differently. When infected by the C-virus, zombies can enjoy the freedom to run, jump and even occasionally hold weapons. Infection of the C-virus can be caused by a disgusting puss filled zombie that sprays a mist of the virus out of its pores. The effect appears to be nearly instantaneous. Breathing in this mist is a sure fire way to become a running, jumping, occasional weapon holding zombie. It will be interesting to see how this infectious enemy is incorporated into the game, though it won’t be the first time zombies have been able to infect players.
According to Capcom, Chris will not be the same fun loving guy he was in previous Resident Evil instalments; his personality has changed as a result of him going through some personal tragedy six months before the main events of the game. This is why his part of the game opens up six months before the main events of the game. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s a fair guess that the burning, melting and mutating of most of his team, at the hands of none other than Ada Wong, is probably the cause for his transformation, but nothing solid has been announced regarding this. That alone is definitely reason enough for him to think that Ada is behind the whole outbreak, but how plausible is his theory?
So far in the series, Ada has always been working for others. It’s hard to believe that she is the mastermind causing all of the destruction. IGN pointed out some mysterious scenes that appear in rapid succession that they found while slowing down the trailer. In some of these scenes an unknown man in a suit is shown, possibly he is the cause of all this devastation. He may even be Alex Wesker, the Wesker ‘family’ definitely plays a part in the game so it’s possible. Then again, it could be Ada’s fault; after all we don’t really know if she is Ada.
Despite looking like Ada and sounding like Ada, Capcom have refused to confirm whether or not the woman shown in the trailer is actually Ada Wong. Though they did once say that Ada would play a part in the game so it is most likely her, fans have still begun speculating that the character is a twin or clone of Ada who is trying to frame her. Sounds pretty crazy, but there is a method to their supposed madness, by which I mean a list that, according to them, was leaked a few months back containing the names of characters in the game. Ada is on the list, but so is the name Carla Radames and in brackets beside it is ‘Ada’s clone’. Having not previously heard of the list, I naturally have a hard time believing it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. However, I do feel that a bigger deal would have been made out of such a list as it also contains the name Sherry Birkins and Jake Muller, plus it reveals Jake is Wesker’s son. For me at least, pending further information, the list is a hoax.
Now back to what we do know. We know that each of the three partners have their own separate story, each focusing on a different style of gameplay, ranging from gothic survival horror to all out action. Leon and Helena Harper must survive the outbreak in Tall Oaks only to fake their deaths after being blamed for the murder of ‘Present Evil’, the zombie U.S. president. Chris and his, sniper wielding, partner Piers Nivans are put in an action packed army style war against the terrorist. Finally, Sherry and Jake are being hunted by a massive B.O.W., Bio-Organic Weapon, who is intent on capturing Jake on behalf of, for now let’s just say, Ada Wong.
With three full campaigns it’s really hard not to be excited about this game; it’s by far the biggest and most elaborate Resident Evil game to date. It’s so big that there have been some rumours floating about that this was Capcom’s way of wrapping up the series, but fear not because, in an interview, people involve in the game have stated that the reason for Jake’s character was to start bringing in younger people to take over as the main cast were getting on in years. With Jake, Piers and Sherry all filled with enough youth for another six Resident Evil games, I think the series is pretty safe for the moment.
The game also includes a mercenary’s mode, which this time does not have to be unlocked and is available from the start of the game. Other mini games are expected to be announce in the coming months, hopefully at least one not involve running around looking for extra time. How cool would it be if there was a survival mode were the clock actually ticked up timing how long you could fight off the hordes or zombies and B.O.W.s? That’s my dream anyway, but even if it doesn’t happen I’ll be fine because there seems to be something in the game for everybody. If you, like me, are seriously looking forward to the latest Resident Evil adventure, then you’ll be glad to know that a playable demo has been announced. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come out until September and will only be available for people who buy a copy of Dragons Dogma. Xbox 360 players will get the demo 60 days before PS3 users, but both still need to purchase the game to download the demo, which doesn’t seem fair to people who weren’t planning on buying Dragons Dogma but that’s just how it’s going to be this time around.
It would be nice to see the new controls, which include being able to use melee attacks, shoot and walk and even lie down on your back and shoot. Plus, it would be a good chance to check out the new AI, but is it worth buying an entire game? Honestly, if you weren’t already planning on buying Dragons Dogma would you buy it for the demo? Maybe if I had more money I’d consider it. Speaking of wealthy fans, for those Resident Evil fans that are lucky enough to have grave deep pockets, a collector’s edition of Resident Evil 6, containing a replica of Leon’s leather jacket, will be available costing over a thousand dollars. Personally, I tend to avoid collector’s editions that cost more than ten euro more than the regular addition and, since I’m hoping the regular edition of Resident Evil 6 doesn’t go anywhere near a thousand euro, dollar or whatever, I’ll be giving this collector’s edition a miss.
There are still several months to go before this game comes anywhere near a shelf, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get crazy hyped up on sugar, annoyingly talk about it to people who don’t care and come up with wild theories about every detail of the game. Honestly, I think that the build-up to a release date and all the speculation is really fun and if you think the same please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the game and all the new details. Also, if you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to click the like button and maybe even subscribe.