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Next Resident Evil could be a SOCOM-style multiplayer effort. Zombies everywhere weep

Hands up if you thought Resident Evil 5's decidedly unscary slide into a two player co-op action game was as awesome as a zombified gibbon smoking a stogie. Well, all fourteen of you may be excited to know that the next entry in Capcom's undead 'em up could well be a SOCOM-esque online multiplayer title called Resident Evil: Racoon City.  Mainly because it's rumoured Slant Six Games (who made Sony's online shooter) has been handed the keys to Capcom's rotting kingdom.


Above: Does the prospect of the above manipulated photographic image excite you? Then rejoice... maybe

According to a document the chaps and chapettes at Kotaku recently received, Slant Six is currently employing folk to work on the game in Vancouver. It's official site says the developer is working on "an amazing new project". And that it's being made with a "new publishing partner on a world class franchise". Now, to our slowly decomposing frontal lobes, that sure as shit sounds like Capcom and Resident Evil.


Above: Giant cockroaches aside, Resi going online with the Outbreak games blew the big one

Adding further fuel to that thing cavemen are scared of, several former employees of Slant Six have listed an unannounced "multiplayer action game" for PS3 and 360 on their profiles on job networking site LinkedIn. Earlier this year, the developer was also hiring for a "Japanese translator/interpreter". As jarnalists who can't be assed writing in anything but clichés would say, the plot thickens.


Above: Resi 5's slant towards more social gaming could be just the beginning for the series

If all this is true and not merely malicious gossip cooked up by the interweb's ever reliable soux chefs, then it represents a growing trend of Capcom sourcing out some of its biggest franchises to Western devs. Over the last couple of years the Japanese giant has passed over the reins to Devil Ma Cry (Ninja Theory), Dead Rising 2 (Blue Castle Games) and Bionic Commando (GRIN).

To be honest, colour us slightly dubious. Resi has hardly strived in the online arena so far. Alright, fighting undead creatures in a zombified zoo in Resident Evil: Outbreak: File #2 was an ace idea, and Resi 5 was enjoyable played in co-op. But by and large, the Outbreak games were a bit of a disaster and the last game's multiplayer action argubably stripped the series trademark horror away. And lets not even go into Capcom's last online-focused title...


Above: Dang. Seems like we went there

Still, the SOCOM games are more than solid and Resident Evil could certainly use some fresh ideas to stop the series stagnating any further. Anyhoo, want to you think about the potential prospect of an entirely multiplayer Resi? Share your word-based opinions below.

Source: Kotaku 

Nov 2, 2010


16 comments

  • Dreadnought - November 3, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    If the makers of Socom can bring back the horror, while making RE a fun mulitplayer experience I'm all for it. I mean really, what's more fun the killing tons of zombies with your friends?
  • Sy87 - November 3, 2010 5:48 p.m.

    I been talking about that a long time go back to Raccoon make it team based. Playing with people is fun, killing zombies is fun, bingo. As long as I get to dress up like HUNK I will be happy. I don't really have to talk too much about controls those guys got it you can move and shoot.
  • PipBowl420 - November 2, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    a different take on how the game is played (shooting and maneuverability) cuz the RE4 and RE5 controls is what turned me away from the series.. I've never became such an "un-fan" of a series more than thr RE series.. Just having a lot of routs, and a very smooth and comfortable game style with a lot of doors, keys, and stuff, just like the old RE games for PS1 and PS2.
  • KingArchie55 - November 2, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    I can't be the only one thinking this: What happened to Resident Evil Portable? Hmm... This is interesting... Possibly the new Resident Evil Portable. Eh? Eh? No...
  • batmanboy11 - November 2, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    As long as its not Resident Evil 6.
  • Pyrovizard - November 2, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    i have to say if the game had a single player mode that brought the scares resi 1 did along with the multiplayer mode it could well be the best resi ever, or it could fail miserably, only time will tell
  • Clovin64 - November 2, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    I was always hoping that Resi would go back to proper single player stuff, but it now looks like they me be going the complete opposite direction. I read some worrying reviews about Lost Planet 2 and about how the AI team mates were awful in single player and that the game only really worked online. I hope Resi won't share this awful multiplayer trend. Unless the game is just a spin off and not the proper Resi 6.
  • RoeTaKa - November 2, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    So, when are we gonna get new developers and franchises that blew us away like Capcom did +10 years ago?
  • n00b - November 2, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    could be interesting, if its just a spin off not resident evil 6. (im looking at you ff14)
  • Gungalei - November 2, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    This actually sounds interesting! I'm done looking to Resident Evil for spooks anyway. A huge arena with a ton of variety of BOWs to tackle together with a couple friends sounds awesome -- sounds like L4D, which is amazing. There's a whole lot of lore to mine out of this series, even if the main narrative doesn't really make sense. But NO NO NO NO to it being set in Raccoon City! They need to stop setting games in that setting, it's been over 10 years already. Maybe if they did a modern-day take on the still-irradiated remains of Raccoon City, then it MIGHT be interesting.
  • HumorTumor - November 2, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    If any of this is true I'm deeply upset. RE has alwys been a single player game. Sure, 5 is good, but it lacked all the things that made it Resident Evil. Hopefully this is just an off shoot, and 6 is the next true game. And are the Socom games even good? All I hear are so-so comments about them, and that worries me more. I wish capcom will stop this Monster Hunter style gaming trend, as it's only hurting the franchises I love.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - November 2, 2010 3:01 p.m.

    Meh, I could see this being a fun experience but it certainly wouldn't be a true Resident Evil game. I'd much rather they put the resources into a true #6 that returns to its horror roots.
  • taterboob - November 2, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    No thank you.
  • AdonisX82 - November 2, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    If done correctly, this could do very well. But not as "Resident Evil 6" per se.
  • db1331 - November 2, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    I guess I'll just have to rely on the 3DS to give me my RE fix. This idea sounds terrible. Why can't they just make a game using the RE 4 camera style with multiple paths to play through like RE 2? That game would sell like crazy.
  • NeelEvil - November 2, 2010 1:23 p.m.

    In fairness to Capcom Outbreak didn't take off due to a lack of infrastructure, nobody I knew had their PS2 online. But hasn't L4D already done zombie multiplayer extremely well? Capcom seem to have become determined to piss away their good name recently.

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