A design I pitched to Glitch Gear. Whatcha folks think?
Despite having been tethered to a booth myself, providing the kind, profanity spitting citizens of New York Comic Con our finest gaming fabrics, I somehow managed to sneak away and see my truest love: Resident Evil.
The demo itself was lightning quick — likely to give as many fans waiting in the snaking line surrounding Capcom’s booth as possible a chance to re-greet Claire Redfield and become newly acquainted with her fashion-conscious, F-bomb dropping partner Moira Burton (come to think of it, she might be a New Yorker herself). I barreled through the demo, trying to soak in the rank, wet prison facility our heroines were trapped in as fast as can be since I was technically on the clock, but in my brief tryst with Revelations 2, I saw enormous potential.
Raccoon City Destroyed So You Could Wear BSAA Outfits in REmake
Capcom’s viral marketing campaign was a success… as measured by the staggering loss of life throughout the sleepy little mountain community of Raccoon City.
Okay, it was more like red splotches growing on a tiny map on Capcom’s site, but that tiny map’s doom was our reward because now, once Resident Evil Remake Remastered HD X releases early 2015, you’ll be able to equip Chris and Jill in their BSAA uniforms circa RE5 era (which is the best selling Resident Evil of all time — a fact I take the same kind of joy in reminding people that sociopaths relish in while smothering others’ dreams).
And this video does answer the most pressing question: Yes, donning Chris’ BSAA suit means his famed Boulder Bashing physique features in the game.
"Not this time, you son of a bitch."
Am I nervous about the game being episodic? Yeah, you bet. Makes me wonder why I’m getting bite sized increments instead of a full course meal.
But… It’s more Resident Evil and, imagine this, it’s strapping on its best survival horror shoes and seemingly wants to tango. This can be a return to glory or another hollow disappointment. Either way, I wouldn’t be worth a single letter of my URL if I didn’t show up to the dance.
Resident Evil Revelations 2: An Episodic Horror Story
The first Revelations split its narrative into “episodes” since handheld players typically only game in short bursts; Capcom’s console sequel is now following Telltale’s playbook for episodic content, though on an accelerated release schedule.
Revelations 2 will be presented in four weekly episodes that can be downloaded at $5.99 a piece or bought with a $24.99 Season Pass. If you’re willing to skip out on a month of cliffhangers, the collected game will hit store shelves in a $39.99 retail package soon after the digital release wraps up. Purchasing the game the latter two ways nets you additional content (which hasn’t been detailed yet).
The story follows Raccoon City survivor Claire Redfield, now employed by the anti-bioterror group Terra Save. While throwing a welcome party for new recruit Moira Burton, relation to former S.T.A.R.S. member and licensed beard enthusiast Barry Burton, the two women are abducted only to awaken on an abandoned prison island.
But abandoned isn’t quite right. The “Afflicted,” mutilated forms borrowed from one of Clive Barker’s tamer nightmares, roam the island. Claire’s got to figure out how to both get away and get away alive. But someone’s watching them and “why” is something they probably don’t want to know.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 (begins to) release in early 2015 for PS3, PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Details Surface!
The above image is from the newest issue of Gamesmaster Magazine. You can throw guesses as to who these two ladies are but, thanks to Push-Start, we already know their identities: we’re looking at an older Claire Redfield, and her young ward is none other than Barry “What is This?!” Burton’s daughter, Moira.
The mag shed first light on some tantalizing details about the sequel which takes place on an isolated island detention center (Claire’s got a bad habit of stranding herself on those). Here’s what to expect from Revelations 2:
- The game can be tackled either in single-player or co-op.
- Claire, now a “seasoned veteran,” handles more of an offensive, combat oriented role…
- …Whereas Moira plays a support role in which it’s her job to heal Claire and illuminate darkened areas with her flashlight (some areas are to be oppressively dark, but that won’t stop creepers from creepin’).
- The title is a prequel — set between Chris’ boulder punching quest in RE5 and the global hootenanny in RE6.
- True to the first Revelations, the game has a heavier focus on survival horror. So much so that, like days of old, you’ll have to choose between flight or fight given your limited ammo supply.
- Enter the “Afflicted.” They resemble zombies, but are much faster, much stronger, and much worse. Like The Last of Us' Infected, it's usually better to take them down the stealth way or simply turn tail and run.
- Expect next-gen and PC versions of the game to run at 60fps in full 1080p HD.
- “The project has been finding the line between listening to fan feedback and also doing something different to confound expectations,” says producer Michiteru Okabe.
- Claire is still a fox.
Push-Start also has some grabs of the magazine feature on their site. Little warning, they’re on the low quality side. I’ll be sure to post hi-res images once Capcom makes them available. Special thanks to Rely on Horror for nabbing the story.
If you missed it, watch the official teaser trailer hereabouts.
Devastate Raccoon City Through Social Media and Get Free… Somethings!
ResidentEvil.Net, the internet’s biggest pooling of T-virus zombie headshot statistics, is hosting a special promotion where fans get to outpace pharmaceutical giant, Umbrella, and infect Raccoon City themselves.
If enough people register here, a map of Raccoon begins to fill up with outbreak zones in real-time. If the “critical” goal is met, participants score some free content for the upcoming remade remake of 2002’s Resident Evil. Could it be guns? Could it be extra modes? Could it be the triumphant return of Chris’ beastly BDSM leather daddy outfit?
"I’ve come here to kick ass and wear a shirt, and I’m all out of shirt."
Registration also comes with a nifty personalized un-death certificate from Raccoon General to nerd up your social media outlets with. I wasn’t a cop before death but that apparently changed with my zombification.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Teaser Creeping with Secrets
The cerberus is out of the bag: Revelations 2 is in the works for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. In true teaser fashion, we don’t have much to go on in terms of information about the sequel, but Capcom promises fans with a keen eye will be able to spot some — God help me — revelations while watching the video above.
I caught at least one that’ll cause longtime vets to go Crimson Head; namely, a person sporting a TerraSave t-shirt during a cocktail party right before things take a turn for the Romero. Don’t recall the name? In series lore, TerraSave a is human rights organization that specifically focuses on bioterrorism relief and prevention. In 2008’s animated film Resident Evil: Degeneration, long-absent heroine Claire Redfield is a prominent figurehead in the group.
Could Claire be finally, finally returning to the survival horror fold? I sure as shit hope so. She had the dual role of both being my childhood hero and childhood crush. Who cares if I could count her polygons on my hands in RE2? She was a stone cold cutie.
The original Revelations was Capcom’s best attempt at marrying the old school scares that put the series on the map with the frantic action introduced in RE4 that propelled the games into the mainstream. I can’t wait to see if Capcom can continue to successfully pull off that bloody balancing act.
Sony’s Fall conference confirms behind closed doors that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is happening and it’s happening to next-gen; PS4 version slated for early 2015, son!
Capcom’s set to roll out a bigger reveal at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Now, say it with me: “Please feature Claire. Please feature Claire…”
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Leaked By Xbox; Features Spooky Prison Setting
How friggin’ joyous. I get to report on Resident Evil news twice in the same month? It’s not every day your reason for being is fulfilled… I may have revealed too much about myself, sure. Let’s pretend tattered RE posters from old Prima guides aren’t adorning every wall in my apartment and move on to the haps.
Gamer in a Box, France’s best worst named gaming site, caught wise to Xbox.com hosting two interestin’ images — one being the concept art above of a prison fallen into disrepair and the following:
Though I’ve no formal training in investigative reporting, I’d still caution a guess that the box art shown is an extremely subtle clue Capcom is planning on sequelizing the well-received Resident Evil Revelations.
I know. This whole “Biohazard" business can be confusing. That’s actually the original Japanese name given to the series. It was changed for North American release to Resident Evil in order to protect the intellectual rights of this band. If it weren’t for nu-metal, Resident Evil might have a title that didn’t stop making sense after the first game. This fun sidebar on nu-metal making the world a slightly worse place was provided to by the complete lack of solid information I have to give to you guys.
Revelations 2 rumors kicked up earlier in the year featuring too-fuckin’-good-to-be-true details like the return of Claire Redfield. More recently, new rumblings suggested that, though the spin-off began its life on the 3DS, the sequel would only appear on Xbox 360 and PS3 as well as the PS4 and Xbone.
Cat’s outta of the bag now. Just a matter of time before we get to see what Capcom’s up to.
Resident Evil's Sublime Remake is Being Revived for Current and Next-Gen
In 2002, the Nintendo Gamecube of all systems saw a resurrected and reconfigured version of one the greatest titles that helped define the survival horror genre.
Rather than stray away from the core values of the ‘96 classic, this new Resident Evil improved upon them — the game was made grislier, the atmosphere was darker, and the difficulty was even harder than the original. If you wanted to experience the S.T.A.R.S. team’s first disastrous mission, REmake (the name fans coined) quickly became the preferred vessel to do so. Despite this, it didn’t sell worth a shit stuck on Nintendo’s purple purse.
Now, Capcom has revived the underrated classic for the HD generation. Set for release in early 2015 as a digital download, this ragged chunk of RE history will be made available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game’s visuals — from our hapless heroes to the dilapidated Spencer Estate — have been bolstered by an upgraded resolution and 3D models. The game even runs at 1080p on next-gen systems.
The creaking wood floors, the skin-crawling soundtrack, and the bone-crunching noise that comes along with making Jill Sandwiches are all retouched in 5.1 Surround Sound. The game can be played in the original 4:3 aspect ratio or enjoyed in a brand new widescreen mode (flat-screens were less common in 2002, if you recall).
The series famous tank controls return as a default, and you can bet your ass I’ll struggle through them like a champion, but if you bewilderingly dislike fighting the controller you’ll be glad to know a new “Push To Go” control scheme is being implemented. You can toggle between both during gameplay in case you youngin’s want to see how hard us old men had it back in the day.
Legendary Producing Dead Rising Movie for Crackle
Capcom’s carnage caked open-world zombie series is making the jump to the silver screen — just not the big one.
Legendary Pictures’ digital division is producing an adaptation of Dead Rising set to premiere on Crackle. After Crackle’s exclusivity run ends, the film will release via DVD, SVOD, TV, and VOD, available as a feature-length or broken up into episodic format (which… worries me, though I can’t quite figure out where this well of doubt finds water).
Working from a script by Tim Carter (who wrote 2012’s stupidly underrated Sleeping Dogs) and from the production company that put together the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web-series, the narrative follows four hapless mains navigating through a wide-scale zombie outbreak while searching for the focal point of infection.
Several ingredients from the games make their way into the story including a (worthless) vaccine meant to stave off infection, government conspiracy, and the media’s eye on the apocalypse. It’s uncertain if the series’ signature taste for madness — which runs anywhere between ridiculous DIY weapons of slaughter and main characters crowd-surfing zombies in speedos — will find its way into the adaptation. But, really, why the hell adapt Dead Rising if you’re going to zap the fun out of it?
No date is in place for the film just yet.
Will Capcom Announce a Dino Crisis Reboot This Year?
This old rumor kicks up every so often. Historically, it’s amounted to nothing. In fact, Capcom smacked down one such rumor just last year, stating that they’re focusing their attention on creating new IP’s (this statement was presumably made in front of a gigantic Street Fighter IV AE Turbo Ultimate Mix poster).
Here’s 2014’s obligatory rumor: According to the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine UK, Capcom is headlong into production on a Dino Crisis reboot — a series thought extinct since 2003. What’s more is we’ll supposedly see a world debut at this year’s E3. Those slim details are all we have to go on, but Europe’s journalists have been running with it.
Given past disappointments, I’d keep your hopes grounded. There’s really not much to go on here. Why report it, you ask? Because I, and the rest of the free world that grew up in Spielberg’s CG dinosaur populated ‘90’s, really frickin’ want a new Dino Crisis game.
Again, tether those hopes, but I do happen to recall Capcom mentioning they would be reviving a classic IP this year… Dammit, my hopes got off the ground. Excuse me; I have to go shoot them down.