Plot details, new screenshots and a new, earlier release date have all been unveiled for Capcom’s upcoming Resident Evil 6.
Now scheduled for release on November 20 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (with a PC version “to follow”), Resident Evil 6 continues the seemingly endless tale of biological horror run rampant in a world where doctors have been entirely replaced by color-coded weeds.
Capcom claims the game is the “most ambitious, immersive and feature rich title of the series to date and promises to be the dramatic horror experience of the year,” but that’s to be expected, isn’t it?
As for solid details on the game’s plot, I’ll let the company’s official press release explain:
It has been ten years since the Raccoon City incident and the President of the United States has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place in the belief that it will curb the current resurgence in bioterrorist activity. Due to be by the President’s side is his personal friend and Raccoon City survivor, Leon S. Kennedy, but when the venue suffers a bioterrorist attack, Leon is forced to face a President transformed beyond recognition and make his hardest ever decision. At the same time, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance member Chris Redfield arrives in China, itself under threat of a bioterrorist attack. With no country safe from these attacks and the ensuing outbreaks, the entire world’s population is united by a common fear that there is no hope left.
That same PR blurb also breathlessly trumpets the fact that RE6 finally sees Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield join forces in what we can only presume is the most masculine Resident Evil to date. Granted, both characters team with female supporting cast members, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for at least one macho, yet subtly homoerotic embrace from our male leads. Is that weird?
Alongside this info dump, the trailer above and the gallery of screens you can find attached below, Capcom also revealed info on the game’s pre-order bonuses. GameStop, Best Buy and Amazon will each offer exclusive maps to attract prospective fans, though details on how these maps will differ or what each might offer remain a secret.
Personally I’m a huge fan of the Resident Evil universe, and will continue playing sequels until Capcom finally decides that the series has become unprofitable, but how do the rest of you feel? Are you miffed at the speed with which Capcom unveils new zombie shooting simulators, or do you find this series’ longevity to be a sly nod to its inclusion of enemies that simply refuse to die?