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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter may not be the final chapter in the zombie film saga after all, as the production company in charge of the series, Constantin Film, has unveiled its plans to reboot the sci-fi horror franchise.
If there's one thing I know about how to successfully market a video game*, it's that creativity is a good thing - just look at the giant Overwatch figures that appeared around the world last week.
Eurogamer noticed an increased number of readers to a four-year-old news story today. The article was about a Capcom PR stunt promoting Resident Evil by setting up a fake butcher shop with graphic sculptures of supposedly human meat. Now, nearly four years later, it looks like those images have sparked a rumour so widespread that the Chinese government had to issue a statement.
UPDATE 17/05/2016 10.13pm: CEO of Japanese video game consultancy firm Kantan Games, Serkan Toto, believes that Resident Evil 7 is in development and that it will return to the series' "horror roots".
Without sounding too much like a street magician: think of a video game helicopter. Any video game helicopter. Don't tell me what it is for now, just keep it in your mind. If it didn't crash, then the chances are it was used to spoon-feed you a few plot points before the action started.
Resident Evil has a long and sometimes proud history. I think it's fair to say that the first couple of Resident Evil games were genre defining, which makes it all the more tragic to contemplate the state in which the series currently exists.
It's exciting times for fans of Resident Evil. Remastered versions of the last three series entries are on their way to current-gen systems, while a remake of the second game is also in development. Resident Evil 6 is the first of these titles to land, and the PS4 and Xbox One releases bring upgrades to both resolution and frame-rate over the last-gen versions. With the recent GameCube remakes capped at 30fps, we were concerned that Capcom would go down the same route for the other titles in the series. Thankfully, that isn't the case for Resident Evil 6, which hands in a superb 1080p60 experience. But aside from resolution and frame-rate boosts, just how far does the remastering process extend across the game?
The PC version provides us with a solid base for comparison, alongside the Xbox 360 and PS3 originals. The PC game provides the ability to scale up both resolution and frame-rate but beyond that, graphical upgrades are thin in the ground. A boost to image quality is delivered by FXAA3HQ anti-aliasing, allowing for a crisper and clearer presentation. However, asset quality and effects work remains the same.
And it's this version that PS4 and Xbox One remasters appear to be based on. Resolution is native 1080p on both consoles, though a different post-process solution handles anti-aliasing duties, with what looks like an MSAA-like pass applied underneath. However, in terms of overall image quality, the end result looks virtually identical to the PC game in motion, with just a touch less coverage across parts of the scene.
A third CGI Resident Evil film has been announced. This one's called Resident Evil: Vendetta.
Animation studio Marza Animation Planet (Harlock: Space Pirate) revealed the upcoming film, which is due in 2017.
The follow-up to Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) and Resident Evil: Damnation (2012), Vendetta will star series stalwart Leon S. Kennedy.
The Resident Evil series turns 20 years old today.
Capcom's announced PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6.
Listings for Resident Evil 6 on PS4 and Xbox One have been spotted on the Korean Game Ratings Board. (Thanks, Gematsu.)
The UK tabloids this morning report the 15-year-old arrested for hacking TalkTalk was a "violent video game addict" who wanted to be a professional Call of Duty player.
Universal Studios Japan is getting another Resident Evil attraction.
Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson is working on another movie in Capcom's horror/action franchise.
Capcom is preparing to slash its European operation by more than half, according to the UK trade magazine MCV. "More than half of the European arm faces redundancy, with a number of jobs set to merge," reads the report.
Capcom's annual financial results are in, and everything the company predicted in its April forecast pretty much came true.
Capcom has once again revised down sales of its big games for the last financial year - and blamed the decision in part on "excessive outsourcing".
UPDATE: Capcom has revealed the first footage of the Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 Dead 2 crossover in action.
Survivors and Special Infected Zombies mode includes Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle as playable characters, while The Witch and Mini Tank appear as enemies.
Capcom thought Resident Evil 6 would do gangbuster sales to the tune of 7 million.
Resident Evil 6 "surpassed" 4.8 million sales, Capcom revealed in its Q3 FY2013 results this morning.
Resident Evil developer Capcom has said that there is a possibility of a reboot for its 17-year-old survival-horror-turned-action-horror franchise.
The PC version of Resident Evil 6 will feature the exclusive The Mercenaries: No Mercy mode, an extra challenging rendition of the classic time-attack mode that pits you against endless waves of enemies.
"More enemies on screen than ever before will provide a greater challenge, but also the opportunity for players to use their skills to rack up even higher combo scores," wrote Capcom Europe in the announcement.
The PC release will contain all of the console versions' post-launch updates, so you can play the Ada campaign from the get go and tackle it with a partner if you like. You'll also have the ability to fine tune the in-game camera.
Resident Evil 6 publisher Capcom has announced a second title update to the game. The patch will add a number of new features, and comes just one month after the first.
Players will now be able to select individual levels within the game's lengthy chapters to re-play, Capcom Unity announced, solving a real bugbear among some fans.
You'll also see a new range of settings available before each session begins, allowing you to choose options such as Friendly Fire and Infinite Ammo, or limit the region of other players.
Bad news from Capcom this morning: it's delayed one of its key titles and said Resident Evil 6 won't meet sales expectations.
The delayed game is Monster Hunter 4, the Nintendo 3DS exclusive sure to set tills alight in Japan. It had been due out there in March 2013. It will now release at some point after that in order to further raise the quality of this game, Capcom said.
As for Resident Evil 6, Capcom said this morning it is unlikely to sell as many copies as the Japanese publisher had hoped.
Resident Evil 6 launches on PC March 2013, Capcom has announced.
In the US it's a download only release. In Europe it's a download and a disc based game. In both territories it'll be available on Friday 22nd March 2013.
Resident Evil 6 on PC includes all the content in the console release plus all the title updates, so Ada Wong's campaign and the No Hope difficulty mode will be available to play from the off.
Three new Resident Evil 6 multiplayer modes arrive for Xbox 360 players on 18th December, publisher Capcom has announced.
The DLC adds new offerings Predator, Survivors and Onslaught. And, as previously announced, they will initially only be available to Xbox 360 players.
Each mode can be purchased separately for 320 Microsoft Points, or there's a bundle of the three together for 720 Microsoft points.
Resident Evil 6 has been successful to some degree, Capcom has said.
Capcom is to release a free update for Resident Evil 6 in mid-December that will address several points of player feedback.
The patch will include new camera controls to allow players a greater field of view. The viewpoint is currently locked close behind characters, allowing enemies to sneak up unawares. Screenshots of the changes lie below.
Following the update, the game's fourth campaign will now be unlocked from the start. The secret story mode stars Resident Evil femme fetale Ada Wong and is currently only available to those who have completed the other three lengthy story modes.
Dishonored has entered the chart in second place, as FIFA 13 defended its spot atop the UK charts from a barrage of new releases.
Capcom raised a lot of scorn among gamers when it was revealed that some of Resident Evil 6's DLC was already on the disc and merely needed a download key to function, but the publisher recently announced that all this content will be unlocked for free as a title update "soon."
Capcom horror Resident Evil 6 has captured a huge opening week of more than 675,000 sales in Japan.
634,000 copies were sold on PlayStation 3, with another 41,000 netted on Xbox 360 according to Japanese numbers company Media Create (via NeoGAF).
In the hardware chart, PlayStation Vita (fourth this week, again behind the PSP) coughed and wheezed over the one million sales milestone. It did so with its lowest sales in months - just 7957 units.
Capcom has responded to videos that appear to show Resident Evil 6 has on-disc downloadable content.
"We have no obligation to make history," said the late Hollywood producer Don Simpson. "We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. Our obligation is to make money." If you've seen Flashdance, you know what he's talking about. Simpson's quote is great because it effortlessly skewers most of the assumptions that any argument about a mainstream movie - or videogame - makes as standard. The only obligation Capcom had with Resident Evil 6 was to make money, and boy does it show.
Xbox 360 and PS3 head-to-head on like-for-like scenes generated with the in-game engine.
Just-launched horror shooter Resident Evil 6 is now available to download from the EU PlayStation Store, priced £47.99.
UPDATE: An amended version of Resident Evil 6's day-one patch will go live "around 5pm UK time", Sony's official PlayStation Europe Twitter account has announced.
ORIGINAL STORY: Resident Evil 6's day-one PlayStation 3 patch has stopped downloaded copies of game from loading, which renders the game unplayable.
Compatibility issues between the patch and legitimately-downloaded PSN copies can be circumvented by a workaround, Capcom told IGN, while the developer readies a fresh patch.
The conflicting views of Resident Evil developers and fans over the direction of the survival horror series can be compared to two parents arguing over the future of their child, Capcom has said.
"I can't believe this is happening again. It's just like Raccoon."
Leon S. Kennedy's reference to the first town overrun by zombies in Capcom's long-running survival horror series is pregnant with meaning. At face value, it's the eye-rolling incredulity of a zombie-thwacking protagonist thrown into the familiar peril of a sequel: 'This again? Really?' But as Kennedy and his new partner-in-uniform Helena Harper creep their way through an abandoned American university, its creaking halls resounding with the thunderclaps and rude flashes of a nighttime electrical storm, at times it does feel just like Raccoon.
Rabid dogs smash through glass panes while bug-eyed cadavers turn their heads to glare back at you over rotten shoulders, just as if you've wandered back into Spencer Mansion's woodworm-infested corridors. The fixed camera angles and boat-like character steering of the series' formative days have been consigned to history. Nevertheless, the scenery in these early stages of Resident Evil 6 - from the set dressing to the instant deaths to the quicktime events - is pure Shinji Mikami - even if the gifted designer is long gone.
Capcom is hosting a Resident Evil-themed art installation this weekend at the Smithfield Meat Market in East London, Neatorama has reported.
The streets of Universal Studios Japan will run red with blood from this Friday, as the theme park is transformed into a live action replica of Resident Evil's zombie-infested Raccoon City for the annual Halloween Horror Nights event.
Live action theme park makeover for Halloween Horror Nights.
UPDATE: Resident Evil developer Capcom has named the three upcoming DLC modes due to arrive first on Xbox 360.
"We are pleased to confirm 3 new DLC multiplayer modes for #RE6 called 'Survivors', 'Predator' and 'Siege'," a message on the official Resident Evil Twitter stated. "Stay tuned for future updates..."
Survivors Mode sees players respawn as enemies. You'll be able to resurrect as human if you kill two other players first. The last man or team standing wins.
The Resident Evil 6 Leather Jacket Edition is now available to pre-order in Europe, priced £899.
You can find the deal on developer Capcom's just-launched UK online store, amongst other bits and pieces.
The Leather Jacket Edition first popped up earlier this year on the Capcom Japan online shop. Over there it costs just £817.
Capcom's annual report is out, and one of the big ideas for the future is to shorten development cycles and pump out sequels more often.
Capcom president and COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto put it best:
A brand new Resident Evil 6 demo will be available to download on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from September 18th, developer Capcom has announced.
Stolen copies of Resident Evil 6 have been sold in Poland weeks ahead of the game's official launch, Capcom has corroborated.
Another online service that tracks what you're up to.
Resident Evil 6 has a free online stat-tracking service, Capcom has announced. ResidentEvil.net will log data on your playthrough and offer a number of in-game rewards.
Resident Evil 6 launches less than two months from now - so it's high time its Achievement list was outed online, as usual courtesy of X360A.org.
Resident Evil 6 will feature a secret campaign starring crossbow-toting antihero Ada Wong, publisher Capcom has finally confirmed.
The long-rumoured addition during was unveiled during latest round of previews for the game, alongside the Dark Souls-inspired Agent Hunter mode.
Wong's campaign will be unlocked after the main game is completed and, unlike the core Leon, Chris and Jake offerings, will see the enigmatic character acting alone.
These days, gaming's mega-franchises don't really compete with each other - you'll notice that the launch of Resident Evil 6 on October 2 carefully dodges both Assassin's Creed 3 and the latest Call of Duty. Instead, they try to repeat and top their own history, which means Resident Evil is caught between two extremes - the original's solitary horror, and the pulse-pounding reinvention of Resident Evil 4. Where the fifth game in the series havered, eventually plumping for '4 with co-op' and satisfying few, the pitch for Resident Evil 6 is no less than this: it will be all things to all fans.
A brief recap of what that means: three distinct single-player campaigns, each with their own style and theme that crossover at certain points, all playable with online co-op. To this add a newly-revealed fourth campaign starring Ada Wong, an unseen 'Prelude' campaign, and at least two competitive online modes, Agent Hunt and Mercenaries. Capcom staff are talking of a 50 hour campaign in total, a claim that needs to be taken with a big pinch of salt, but it's a sign of the scale and scope of Resi 6 that such numbers are even vaguely plausible.
The recent release of a demo, available to Dragon's Dogma owners, did not make a good first impression. It was a poor showcase, composed of three brief snatches from the game that, out of context and badly-tuned, gave me the wrong kind of horror. Having just spent two days at Capcom's Osaka HQ playing the more-or-less final build of the game, including a new online mode and across both Hard and Professional difficulty settings, such misgivings are scoured from my mind. Resi 6 may yet have one or two things to be concerned about, but be in no doubt that this is going to be an absolute monster.
Resident Evil 6 will allow you to invade other people's games and attempt to kill their characters.
Dragon's Dogma sales are 1.05 million, according to Capcom's bright and cheery April-June 2012 financial report.
Resident Evil 6 pre-orders at Capcom's official US storefront include an Umbrella Corporation-themed umbrella.
More Resident Evil 6 footage has been let loose by Capcom, revealing further gameplay from Leon S. Kennedy's horror-filled campaign.
Among the shuffling zombies lies another regular Resident Evil enemy - zombie dogs.
"This was actually one of the first three stages we created two-and-a-half years ago, along with Chris's arrival in Lanshiang at the start of his campaign, and a stage where Jake is chased by the Ustanak. This was at a time when we were trying out different things in terms of technology and direction," Resident Evil 6 director Eiichiro Sasaki explained.
Capcom has deployed another trailer for Resident Evil 6, this one debuting at San Diego Comic-Con.
The new footage offers a few snippets of new gameplay, focusing on the game's horror elements.
Zombies, mutated people and a familiar-looking boss character all appear - ophidiophobics beware.
New details on Resident Evil 6 have been dug up by the game's ESRB rating.
The American ratings board classified Resident Evil 6 as 'Mature' due to its "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language and Suggestive Themes" (as spotted by CVG).
One female boss character will be "a human-spider hybrid". She'll be "nude, though without any discernible details (i.e., no nipples or genitalia)".
Capcom is aware of the screen-tearing issues widely-reported in the Resident Evil 6 demo, and is working on a fix.
Resident Evil 5 proved to be a divisive release for the Capcom faithful: the survival horror stylings that had defined the series were unceremoniously given the boot in favour of a more action-orientated experience that felt a touch empty and unsatisfying in single-player mode, but proved to be plenty of fun when played online with a co-op partner. Resident Evil 6, released this week in demo form for Xbox 360, offers a supercharged enhancement of the existing formula, but with a hint of gameplay elements that harken back to the original games.
Frame-rate tests on the more slowly paced Leon mission in the Resident Evil 6 demo.
Analysis of the smaller, set-piece combat campaign level in the RE6 demo.
Digital Foundry analyses the bizarre performance of the demo code.
Files uncovered in the Resident Evil 6 demo point to the game featuring a fourth as-yet unrevealed campaign starring series regular Ada Wong.
The Resident Evil 6 demo launched yesterday on Xbox 360 for owners of Dragon's Dogma. Everyone else has to wait until September for it, boo hiss.
Xbox 360 owners of Capcom role-player Dragon's Dogma can now download a demo of Resident Evil 6.
Three missions are included, one from each of the game's protagonists: Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield and Wesker son Jake Muller.
The levels showcase Resident Evil 6's various playstyles, and are set in North America, Europe and China.
S.T.A.R.S, a "Biohazard-themed Cafe & Grill" opens in Tokyo, Japan on 13th July, Capcom has revealed.
It's getting realer! (It's that a thing, actually? 'Realer'? Well, whatever.) Today we're announcing that Resident Evil 6, DmC: Devil May Cry and Lost Planet 3 will all be playable at this year's Eurogamer Expo, taking place at London's Earls Court from 27th-30th September.
Capcom has announced the Resident Evil 6 Collector's Edition for Europe.
It contains all sorts of gubbins, including a hooded sweatshirt and a real-life emblem. It does not, however, include Leon Kennedy's new leather jacket, as seen in the so far Japan only £817 Premium Edition.
The contents in full, in Capcom's own words:
Leon and partner continue their escape.
Resident Evil 6 is more than twice the length of its not-exactly-brief predecessor, judging by comments from producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi.
For a series that stubbornly refused to modernise its controls for ages, Resident Evil sure has mutated a lot over the latter half of its 16-year life. During its first eight years, it relied on a nightmarish camera-relative "tank control" system that was much derided in the new millennium. Then Resident 4 came along and transformed the franchise into a tense, methodical action game. Then it was followed by the bombastic Resident Evil 5, which basically excised the horror elements completely in favour of action-heavy co-op.
This didn't go over well with the fans. It caused solo players to rely on incompetent AI and made everything less scary. Rather than kowtow to what fans wanted by excising co-op, Capcom stuck to their guns and decided to proceed further in that direction by improving and innovating the co-op experience.
Resident Evil 6 is split across seperate campaigns. One stars Leon Kennedy, another Chris Redfield, and another newcomer, Jake Muller. Each campaign is expected to last approximately 70-80 per cent of the length of Resident Evil 5. All three campaigns weave together at various points and cumulatively comprise one giant story.
Two special editions of Resident Evil 6 have been spotted on Amazon: one for PlayStation 3 and one for Xbox 360.
All Resident Evil 6 downloadable content will be available on Xbox 360 first, before PC and PlayStation 3.
Capcom's upcoming survival horror is the latest title to allow its DLC to launch first on Xbox 360, following Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Tomb Raider.
A fresh trailer and screenshots from Resident Evil 6 lie below. There's a first proper glimpse at returning character Ada Wong, and images from what looks like later in the game, when various groups of characters begin to meet up: Leon, new sidekick Helena, Wesker son Jake Mueller and Sherry Birkin.
Watch the developers play through a section of the game.
There's an awful lot riding on Resident Evil 6 - Capcom expects the upcoming survival horror to ship a whopping 7 million copies.
Capcom has announced the Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition, one of the most expensive video game special editions of all time.
Resident Evil's been going strong for so long that it has become all things to all people: an exercise in suspense and horror for some, or a lesson in video game action at its very best for others. Maybe for you it's a schlocky soap opera set in the world of the undead or - God forbid - a glut of increasingly indecipherable third-tier movies.
For a series spread so wide and often so thin it's not surprising that Resident Evil's dabbled with mediocrity in the past - witness the ill-conceived Outbreak games, or the miserably executed Operation Raccoon City. Even its highs have fallen some way short of what once was, the enjoyable brace of 3DS games showing a series that's now become torn between action and horror.
For two and a half years, a 600-strong team at Capcom has been toiling on a new Resident Evil that's working to bridge that divide. It's a horror game with action set-pieces, a drama in which an undead President is played with the straightest of faces, and a game with tension as well as a warehouse of explosives to play with. It is, in other words, all things to all people - but what's most impressive is how Capcom's all-encompassing take on its long-running series pushes it back towards the brilliance of its glory years.
Another leaked Capcom trailer (via NeoGAF) has emerged, this time confirming a new release date for Resident Evil 6.
The trailer, published on Sony's official PlayStation YouTube channel, reveals a 2nd October release date for Resident Evil 6. It was due out 20th November.
More to follow.
Resident Evil 6 is having its release date brought forward to early October, with a demo of the latest in the survival horror series coming early this summer.
Originally slated for worldwide release on November 20 this year, it's now due out on October 2.
"First, let me say that we're not really afraid of other companies and their titles," Resident Evil 6's executive producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi told Eurogamer when asked if there was any game in particular that had prompted the change.
The survival horror market is too small for Resident Evil, Capcom has admitted.
Capcom has admitted its embarrassment after a typo appeared on the box art of Resident Evil: Revelations, mislabelling it "Revelaitons".
Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata has responded to his former boss Keiji Inafune's comments yesterday that the Japanese games industry was in a "tragic state".
Capcom games are released later on PC because development doesn't usually begin until after the console versions have been finished, company bigwig Christian Svensson has explained.
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."
Buy Capcom open world fantasy game Dragon's Dogma and you'll be the first to play the Resident Evil 6 demo.
The game's director and producers discuss the forthcoming sequel.
Resident Evil 6 is the largest production Capcom has ever undertaken, according to the game's executive producer.
Resident Evil: Revelations should have been a numbered release to promote the fact it is a "full-on" Resident Evil game and not another spin-off, its producer has admitted.
Resident Evil 6 will support six-player online co-op play, according to now-removed information on the game's official Xbox.com marketplace listing.
Microsoft's Resident Evil 6 page also suggested Capcom's horror shooter will support up to eight players playing online in the game's as-yet unrevealed multiplayer mode.
Local co-op play will also be available for two people.
Last night, Capcom gave gamers a first taster of Resident Evil 6, showing off a decent amount of gameplay amongst the explosions.
The game appears to be divided in three: three protagonists, three play styles and three locations.
Our first glimpse of Resident Evil 6 opens with Leon S. Kennedy, hero of Resident Evil 2, aiming a gun towards the camera.
Resident Evil 6 launches on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 20th November 2012, with a PC version to follow later, publisher Capcom has announced.
Set 10 years after the initial Raccoon City outbreak, the game sees series regulars Leon S Kennedy and Chris Redfield dealing with zombie outbreaks across the globe.
As seen in the reveal trailer below, Kennedy is fighting off the undead in a small town in the US after the president gets infected, while Redfield is in an unnamed Chinese metropolis dealing with a bioterrorist threat there.
Shots of what purport to be promotional displays for Resident Evil 6 have found their way onto the internet.
What appears to be a viral website campaign has set tongues wagging that Capcom is preparing to unveil a new Resident Evil title.
Resident Evil 6 - or some of it at least - takes place in China, judging by the CV of a voice actor claiming to have worked on the as-yet-unannounced sequel.
Update: The Resident Evil 6 video was not at Capcom's Theatre Show as Kotaku had heard it would be. Eurogamer was there and can confirm this.
Another rumour does the rounds.
The next full entry in the Resident Evil series will see the franchise getting a comprehensive makeover, Capcom has revealed.