Capcom have just announced their first new Resident Evil game that isn’t a HD remake for the first time in years. However, Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps is a far cry from the return to survival horror we all want.
RE Umbrella Corps is coming to both the PC and Playstation 4 in early 2016, and in an amazing demonstration of just how far Capcom have strayed, it is a third person multiplayer competitive shooter.
Remember when this franchise used to be survival horror? I do, but the memory is so vague now I’m not 100% sure if it wasn’t some sort of fever dream. This game will be built using the Unity engine, and will make use of iconic locations from the franchise.
Thankfully, they have at least enough sense to have a sensible price point. Umbrella Corps will cost $30/ £25/ €30, and will feature what Capcom are calling an “analogue aim and cover system” which will apparently allow for precise control from cover.
I had foolishly, foolishly hoped that the popularity of Resident Evil Revelations (and it’s sequel), plus the overwhelming demand for a HD remake of Resident Evil 2, would show Capcom that fans want Resident Evil to be survival horror again. But apparently, to Capcom the sales of those games means “Hey, you know what, we need to take our survival horror franchise and make an online shooter! There aren’t enough of those!”
You can view screenshots and a trailer for this… thing, below.