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New Resident Evil 5 details emerge

We think we're all in agreement when it comes to picking the new trailer of Resident Evil 5 as one of our E3 highlights, especially as we weren't expecting to see anything of it for a while.

Producer Jun Takeuchi has revealed that protagonist Chris is a member of the "BSAA" (you could see the letters on his patch in the trailer). Obviously the game takes place in and around a desert but initial events appear to happen in the village seen in the trailer.

Chris is sent in to check it out and that's when things get a bit crazy. Once there he comes across a new form of enemy, which Takeuchi says are of human form with intelligence. They're not just zombies anymore...
 
There'll also be a female character, which fans of the series will recognize. We can expect her to make a brief appearance in the extended trailer due out later this month - which we're told is far better than the E3 one.

Takeuchi also said that the most challenging aspect of development on Resident Evil 5 is bringing in new ideas that work with the RE4 gameplay system.


It sounds like the majority of 5 will be played from the same third-person, over the shoulder perspective as 4. Takeuchi also promises a surprise, which he feels is an obvious evolution for gameplay.

Finally, the Japanese producer touched upon how important light is and there'll be plenty of what sounds like High Dynamic Range Lighting in the game to us.

He gave the example of Chris walking into a building that has a pitch black interior and having to wait a second for his eyes adjust. The same will go for when you run outside. Cue shit-scary zombie-ghoul surprise moments when the screen's in full glare.

We can't wait. But it doesn't look like we'll be getting our hands on it anytime soon, plus it's not been announced when exactly the game will appear in 2008. We don't even know if it will be 2008, but that doesn't bear thinking about. Thanks to Famitsu for a sprinkling of new details (via IGN).

July 18, 2007

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