Resident Evil goes cel-shaded!

New screenshots of Under the Skin reveal that characters and locations from Resident Evil 3 will make an appearance in Capcoms's quirky cel-shaded actioner.

The PS2 game, currently being developed by Capcom's Production Studio 4 - the people behind Resi 4, Viewtiful Joe and Killer 7 - is a 'panic sim' that plays like a prank-based State of Emergency while being visually reminiscent of Sega's superb Jet Set Radio.

Players take control of an alien called Kozumi who has been sent to Earth to cause mischief. This you achieve by scanning humans and adopting their form and abilities. So, for instance, if you acquire a microphone, you can start singing in a horrible voice; get hold of a snowball and you can make people slip on the road.

One of the game's stages - as evidenced by these new shots - is Racoon City, where Kozumi can transform himself into Resi 3's Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and Nemesis characters. Resident Evil never looked so cute.

Under the Skin will be released in Japan for PS2 in August and in the US in the autumn. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed