Fresh Resident Evil 6 details bleed in

Who is the game's third protagonist?

Capcom has teased new details on its upcoming horror shooter Resident Evil 6, following its explosive reveal in last month's trailer.

The trailer raised a number of questions, namely the identity of the game's grumpy third protagonist, who was seen engaging zombies and mutants in bare-knuckle fighting.

"We're still trying to track down his real identity," Capcom wrote of the mysterious third character, playable alongside Resident Evil regulars Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy. "But we do know this man is a mercenary."

Sections involving the mercenary are set during a bloody Eastern European conflict where rampaging mutants are the norm. His partner, a blonde woman who looked a lot like Resident Evil 4's Ashley Graham, remains un-named.

Familiar face Chris Redfield is in China, meanwhile. We knew that already, but Capcom has now pinned down the action to Lanshiang, a fictional town on the Chinese coast.

Chris is apparently still recovering from a "personal trauma" experienced sixth months before the events of Resident Evil 6. Chris spends a lot of the trailer cursing an un-named woman for seemingly betraying him. Has his long-time partner Jill Valentine done something silly, again?

Resident Evil 6 is set in 2013, Capcom confirmed, clearing up some doubt over the issue. That's 15 years after Chris and Jill faced the original Resident Evil mansion in Raccoon City and four years since Chris' African adventure in Resident Evil 5.

Capcom's notes also confirm Leon's support officer as Resident Evil 4's Ingrid Hunnigan and his new partner Helena Harper as a government agent sworn to protect the President.

Also detailed is new regenerating zombie breed J'avo: a freshly designed biological weapon able to understand human speech and work in groups. Shoot a body part off and it'll regrow in a new mutated way, such as the huge red tentacle seen in the trailer, able to attack players sheltering in cover.

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