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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City sales top 2 million

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City sales top 2 million

Street Fighter X Tekken manages 1.4 million.

Widely-loathed zombie shooter Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has sold around 2 million units worldwide since launch.

According to Capcom's annual financial report out today, the Slant Six-developed title had sold 1.7 million units as of 31st March. Add the 269,000 it managed in its first week on sale in Japan during April, as well as another five weeks of trading in the US and Europe and that should put it comfortably over the 2 million mark.

The publisher also confirmed a few other of its releases from the past 12 months have made it into seven figures. Monster Hunter Tri G has moved 1.6 million on 3DS in Japan alone, while Street Fighter X Tekken has managed 1.4 million since its launch back in March.

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Opening month US Mass Effect 3 sales double ME2's

The results for March video game sales in the US are in: Mass Effect 3 won! And by quite a distance.

BioWare's trilogy-ending space RPG sold double what Mass Effect 2 managed during its opening month of January 2010, number-cruncher NPD revealed.

Remember, however, that Mass Effect 2 launched on two machines, PC and Xbox 360, and Mass Effect 3 launched on three: PC, PS3, Xbox 360.

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Star Wars: Battlefront sequel files hidden on Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City disc

Resident Evil: Raccoon City developer Slant Six was working on a Star Wars: Battlefront sequel, according to hidden files unearthed on Raccoon City's disc.

The data (uncovered by BetaGames and posted on NeoGAF) contains in-progress artwork for a Hoth level, hidden in a folder named "Luke". A character model showing Luke in his orange pilot jumpsuit is also viewable.

"It is the morning of the Imperial assault on the Rebel base on Hoth," reads a chunk of text viewable on the concept art. "The wreckage of a downed Victory Class Star Destroyer is the setting for one of the first battles over Echo Base and the future of the Rebellion hangs in the balance."

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Raccoon City developer announces next project

Raccoon City developer announces next project

Sci-fi game Strata Scavenger due 2013.

Resident Evil: Raccoon City developer Slant Six Games has announced its next project will be a sci-fi game named Strata Scavenger.

The title is scheduled for release sometime in 2013. No platforms have been confirmed.

Details on Strata Scavenger's genre and setting remain under wraps, although artwork from the game shows a futuristic hovering aircraft in a moody sci-fi location.

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Review

The Resident Evil series is not generally known for its spin-offs, and with good reason. Promising concepts like Outbreak (eight-player co-op in an infested city!) end up as lukewarm compromises, and even the Wii's on-rails shooters topped out at decent. With Operation Raccoon City, a co-op run-and-gunner set during the events of Resident Evil 2 and 3, the time has surely come for something better.

Keep on dreaming. Operation Raccoon City is an under-designed and under-produced nightmare, a game that delivers the bare minimum in every category and stops right there. Its campaign is played in teams of four online (AIs fill gaps, but never revive players and rarely kill stuff) and, over seven missions, takes this forgettable clean-up crew of spec ops soldiers on a whistle-stop tour of Raccoon City 'highlights'.

Both of the original games this setting draws from, Resident Evil 2 in particular, show how spectacular Capcom's early 3D environmental design was. In Resi 2, almost every room has a story implied by its details. Operation Raccoon City handles this kind of example with careless hands; even the environments it recreates directly are shorn of the little touches that brought them alive.

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Capcom announces first Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City DLC

Capcom announces first Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City DLC

Free US Spec Ops mission follows three weeks after launch.

Capcom has announced initial DLC plans for impending squad shooter spin-off Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

A free US Spec Ops mission will be available to download on 11th April - a few weeks after the game's 23rd March release date.

The expansion sees the aforementioned team deploy to Raccoon City to learn the truth behind the Resident Evil 2 virus outbreak. The announcement blurb mentions that you'll bump into a "familiar face" and be able to re-visit the moment Jill Valentine first encounters Nemesis from Resident Evil 3.

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Control Nemesis in Xbox 360 exclusive Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City multiplayer mode

Control Nemesis in Xbox 360 exclusive Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City multiplayer mode

Plus: Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor release date announced.

The Xbox 360 version of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has an exclusive multiplayer mode.

Nemesis Mode, an Xbox 360 exclusive competitive multiplayer mode, sees the USS compete against the Spec Ops in an eight-player high score battle.

The twist is you're able to control Nemesis, the big, bulky bad guy from Resident Evil 3. To do so, track down the control unit, then order him about.

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Resident Evil: Raccoon City PC release date

Resident Evil: Raccoon City PC release date

Nearly two months after console versions.

The PC version of Resident Evil: Raccoon City will launch on 18th May in the UK, publisher Capcom has announced.

That's almost two months after the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, which arrive on 23rd March.

No reason was given for the late arrival of the PC version, although Capcom mentioned the title will include NVIDIA 3D Vision support.

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Is Capcom teasing Resident Evil 6?

Mysterious viral campaign spotted.

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: Operation Raccoon City release date

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City release date

PC version "to follow" console versions.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City launches in Europe on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 23rd March 2012, Capcom has announced.

The PC Games for Windows version is "to follow", Capcom said.

Operation Raccoon City is an action third-person shooter with a four-player co-op campaign and eight player competitive multiplayer.

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Preview

You need to forget the name. Which is quite difficult, given that the story of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City plays on the second and third games in Capcom's long-running series.

This time, you're playing as the bad guys: Umbrella Corp's USS Black Ops team, sent in to destroy any evidence of the company's illegal activities. And that evidence includes anyone who might want the truth to be outed.

Removing the franchise's history from your mind is important, though, because this isn't Resident Evil as we know it. Instead, for all intents and purposes, it's a strange hybrid, a third-person cover-shooter that sees you blasting, kicking and punching your way through hordes of zombies and enemy forces, across a series of dark and dingy story-driven levels, as part of a team of four.

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Capcom downgrades Operation Raccoon City sales target

Capcom downgrades Operation Raccoon City sales target

Confidence in Resident Evil spin-off faltering?

Capcom has lowered its sales expectations for impending franchise spin-off Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

As seen in its recent financial report, it predicts the Slant Six-developed squad shooter will move two million copies. Six months ago it had it pegged for 2.5 million.

Its guidance for action RPG Dragon's Dogma and beat 'em up crossover Street Fighter X Tekken remains unchanged at 1.5 million and two million respectively.

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Capcom defends Resident Evil: ORC

"We want to make best use of our brand."

If Capcom decided to only make survival horror-orientated Resident Evil games, fans would soon tire of the franchise, so says series producer Masachika Kawata.

Anderson: directors don't know games

Tomb Raider "wasn't very good."

Resident Evil film mastermind Paul WS Anderson has blasted Hollywood directors for "not knowing" the games their film adaptations are based on.

SFxT, Dragon's Dogma sales expectations

SFxT, Dragon's Dogma sales expectations

REORC, Dead Rising 2 OTR, too.

Capcom has high hopes for its upcoming games.

It's projected big sales for Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City, Street Fighter x Tekken, Dragon's Dogma and Dead Rising 2 Off the Record.

Third-person co-op and competitive shooter Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City will shift 2.5 million units worldwide, Capcom reckons.

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Cheap This Week - 20/04/11

The best in bargain gaming.

Welcome to Cheap This Week! We already tell you which games are out this week, so we thought we'd try bringing you a weekly roundup of the best deals in gaming as well. Look out for Cheap This Week each Wednesday.

At first glance, Operation Raccoon City feels like one Hell of a change of direction. But in truth, there's no surprise here. Take a look back and you'll see Resident Evil has been spiralling toward third-person shooter status for years.

Capcom: Slant Six not as lazy as expected

Resi producer stereotypes Western devs.

The Japanese Capcom producer supervising Slant Six's Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has admitted to believing Western developers are workshy a preconception that the SOCOM team has happily debunked.

Resident Evil: Raccoon City confirmed

Resident Evil: Raccoon City confirmed

First details of SOCOM dev's team shooter.

First details have emerged of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, the much rumoured franchise spin-off from SOCOM developer Slant Six.

According to Official Xbox Magazine's imminent scoop, kindly summarised by StickSkills, it's a team based shooter set in the Resident Evil 2 era that sees up to four players cast in one of three factions.

As a member of the Umbrella Security Services Squad you'll have to scour Raccoon City destroying evidence, head-shotting zombies and brutally sweeping T-Virus survivors under the proverbial rug.

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