Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil 5 will be released on next-gen consoles PS3 and Xbox 360 - but not Nintendo's Revolution.
The sequel's action will take place in sunlit urban environments rather than the series' usual doom and gloom-laden interiors.
Early screenshots have also revealed a Chris Redfield look-alike in what appears to be the lead role. This hints that the plot might a take a turn back towards the Raccoon cityscape of Code Veronica and, most importantly, marks a return for the zombies, according to Japanese games magazine Famitsu.
Capcom's decision to release RE5 for PS3 and 360 only will dismay many Nintendo gamers after Capcom appeared to have signed up to develop many of its high profile titles for Gamecube exclusively, even if recent games such as Killer 7 and Resident Evil 4 have made their way to Sony's stable.
While speculation is certain to snowball until the game is finally released in 2006, two things are certain: the over-the-shoulder view of Resident Evil 4 will be kept; and the project has been placed in the safe hands of Jun Takeuchi, the producer of the Onimusha series.
February 22, 2006