Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City - all the facts so far. And yes, it looks like you can kill Leon

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):

  • The game is headed for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this winter.

  • One of the main missions of the game is to “kill Leon” which will obviously turn Resi canon upside down.

  • Characters on the USS team are Vector, Beltway, Bertha, and Spectre, all selectable. These are presumably pictured on the collectible covers of Gamereactor magazine on the right. Vector can cloak himself to remain undetected.

  • Enemies, including zombies, can be used as mobile cover while moving, like an undead human shield.

  • Zombies have sense of sight, sound and smell. Shooting living enemies to make them bleed will be integral to the gameplay. Zombies will also be attracted to light, so shooting out the lights like in The Darkness will be beneficial to your plight.

  • A cover system will be employed, allowing you to shelter behind stationary vehicles and other objects.

  • Resident Evil 2 is said to be the greatest inspiration for the game. That's a good thing - it was great.

  • We’ll get more insight towards Mr. X before he was sent to Raccoon City to pursue Leon/ Claire and the end of the demo showed off a battle with him.

  • Controls will be more like modern-day third-person shooters, so we'll take that to mean you can move and fire at the same time.

  • The USS team takes their inspiration largely from Mr. Death himself, the 4th survivor Hunk. The team is also situated on Rockfort Island which is another locale fans recognize.

  • Hunters and Lickers will return and won't care if zombies get in the way of them killing you.

  • Multiplayer mode has yet to be detailed but its inclusion is a near-certainty.

  • Environments will have interactive elements which you can use against the zombies. But probably not custard pies like Dead Rising.

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 


  • LunaFlorez022 - March 31, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    never will i kill leon. if i do get this game and play as the umbrella agent i just cant! if there's no choice then i guess it's game over for me in that scenario
  • lovinmyps3 - March 31, 2011 1:04 a.m.

    I'm interested to see how this pans out. Might be good. Might be shit. Who knows?!
  • kane555444 - March 31, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    Well they did Resident Evil Survivor, a FPS
  • FVDub - March 30, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but unless you are playing as RE 5 Albert Wesker, riding the Nemesis, and flanked by 50 zombie dogs equipped with laser guided missles, you are not killing Leon Scott Kennedy. But it is on his first day, so maybe it was before he developed his superhuman ability to kill everything he has ever faced?
  • Syncmaster - March 30, 2011 4:33 a.m.

    It doesnt matter its a spinoff, nor that its a shooter. the thing is.. its happening in Racoon City! greatest time of resident evil! and we will see the zombies come back!! double yay! I hope its a little bit more tatical and not the senseless shoot em up from re5. with some stealth elements (but take off the stupid cloak) it can be awesome
  • Yaro - March 30, 2011 3:52 a.m.

    Proper third person control scheme in Raccoon City at the time of RE2?! Can't wait! Really hope that killing Leon will be just a motivation or mission objective with something getting in the way...Leon's the best!
  • Spybreak8 - March 30, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    One of the reasons I quit my magazine subscriptions, pointless when the internet talks about the content lol. This game doesn't excite me in any way but maybe it's for the RE fanboys. Still, I don't even think it's for them either.
  • RebornKusabi - March 30, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    I will still play this because I love the series... but I won't be buying it. What I WILL be buying is the two RE games on the 3DS, specifically the one whit Jill Valentine, dynamic lighting and shadows and zombies.
  • yesIusetheM14 - March 29, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    This has my attention... I thought the controls in RE4 and 5 were the best in the series (no tank controls? sign me up!)but I was overall disappointed with 5 and accepted 4 as an action game, not an RE game. Who knows, maybe this will turn out to be a great game? I sure hope so. Also, don't forget- Revelations and Mercenaries are on the way, so if this turns out to be a letdown you still have those to turn to. Here's to hoping the game follows the storyline appropriately and that H.U.N.K. finally has a major role.
  • JLThatshilarious - March 29, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    "Shooting living enemies to make them bleed will be an integral part of the gameplay." . . . anyone else find this kinda stupid? I didn't know living things DIDN'T bleed when you shot them . . . XD
  • Lolspamm0r - March 29, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Just because your mission is to kill Leon, it doesn't mean you will complete it. Maybe you get killed or something
  • Darkhawk - March 29, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    I just started playing through RE2 for the first time ever on my PSP this week. Good stuff!
  • Z-man427 - March 29, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    Eh... Kind of a few cool additions but it seems like L4D with a Resi skin and story. Squad based FPS with zombies? It's been done. Still could turn out well though.
  • Jasman - March 29, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    Resi Outbreak on the PS2 was ambitious, but ultimately hampered by the system's crap online functionality. Maybe Slant Six will use the old series as inspiration?
  • city17fan - March 29, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    Why would anyone want to kill Leon? He is an awesome character. I guess this series has jumped the shark so bad they need to do something stupid like this. Capcom is becoming lamer then Square-ENIX
  • jcarbajal - March 29, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    This sounds like a pretty interesting concept, true its not survival horror but its a spin off. As for killing Leon this game is non canon so who knows maybe we will be able to kill him, I have also heard rumors that your taking out other survivors? Maybe Jill and Carlos will be a mission for you to undergo to take them out?
  • DeathByYeti - March 29, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    After 4 and 5 I was wondering what they could do with Resident Evil. Also everyone saying this isnt RE, then what is? It turned into an action series and now they want to try new things in a beloved setting. All for it
  • Cruddi - March 29, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    Well each time resident evil has taken a radical turn on it's game play the first one of the turn is usually the best of the bunch, Resi 4 was better than resi 5 and the first gun survivor was better than the rest and the same for the resident evil outbreak games. That's what i think so this might be a good change, defo intresting
  • CitizenWolfie - March 29, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    I would love to kill Leon. Really hate him. That said, why would the player be made to kill him anyway? It was his first day in Resident Evil 2, so why would he even be on Umbrella's radar at that point? He was only a cop, not in STARS. And even when he does learn the truth he will already have Mr X after him. Surely (and this is going to sound sacreligious) killing Jill or Carlos would be a higher priority. In which case, I'm sure a lot of gamers would rather play as Nemesis to do it. You know what, sod all of the stuff I just said. Can we please kill Alice???
  • HaVoK308 - March 29, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    So it's true...they have forgotten why people love Resident Evil. This will be Socom zombies.

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