Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is real and the first gameplay details have emerged from various sources on the internet. Developer Slant Six cut its teeth on SOCOM: Navy SEALS games for PS3 and PSP, so it's little surprise that the game is a squad-based shooter - quite a departure for the series. But what's all this talk of a mission to kill Leon Kennedy? Surely we're reading this wrong?!
Several front covers for imminent magazine titles across Europe have been leaked by Capcom itself, and subscribers have posted details about the game. There will reportedly be a choice of stories to play through, both set in 1998, around the events of Resident Evil 2 and 3. One of these stories will see you playing as a government Special Ops team, tasked with exposing Umbrella and determining the cause of the T-Virus outbreak. The other will let you play as Umbrella Security Services, sent to cover up the incident, which involves killing zombies and survivors.
Here are the most important points (thanks to NeoGaf):
Above: Note the reflection of Leon in the goggles here. He's even got his ridiculous '90s hairstyle!
Bit of a departure, isn't it? Resident Evil doesn't normally let you kill innocent people, but it will be positively encouraged in the new game. Then there's the timeline-wrecking mission that asks you to kill Leon Kennedy. Remember the plot of the second game? It was his first day on the police force in Resident Evil 2, so if you kill him here, Resident Evil 4 can never happen. Just think about that - the game might disappear from your very games shelf in some space/time continuum paradox.
Assuming that doesn't happen (clue: it won't), this interesting slant on the series' canon does make this a spin-off game. And if nothing's sacred and Slant Six has been given free reign to do as it pleases with the keys to one of daddy Capcom's favourite cars, RE: ORC could start throwing anything at us. Here's hoping Wesker shows up in a mech, Wolfenstein-style.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Official PlayStation Magazine UK or Official Xbox Magazine UK for the first look at the game complete with exclusive in-game screenshots!
29 Mar, 2011