The new Resident Evil game, formerly speculated to be an RE3 remake or RE8, appears to be neither of those things.
Earlier today, news broke that the title will be called Project Resistance, and a teaser trailer will be dropped on September 9 at 11 a.m. Eastern. While the developer hasn't officially revealed anything, leaked screenshots suggest it will be a spiritual successor to Resident Evil: Outbreak. It's not certain if the game will include co-op or not, but it seems likely judging from the screenshots.
Resident Evil: Outbreak, released for the PS2 in the early 2000s, was an online co-op game where players would control characters through different scenarios during the Racoon City outbreak. It received one expansion, and amassed somewhat of a cult following. Although the game received decent scores and fan praise, Capcom has never released another Resident Evil like it. Other games like Resident Evil: Revelations and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City also included multiplayer, but lacked the same sort of survival-horror tension that fans loved in Outbreak.
The new screenshots show four characters working together, one of whom is wearing a sweatshirt that says "Raccoon" on it, suggesting the game takes place during the Raccoon City outbreak once more. If speculation about co-op is true, it's very possible that the characters in the screenshots are all playable in Project Resistance. Alternatively, they could be AI companions. The plot of Project Resistance is anyone's guess, but if the game takes place in Raccoon City we can be sure we'll be seeing some good old-fashioned T-Virus zombies.
An Outbreak-style game built in the RE2 engine has the potential to be incredible, although fans of the single-player style might be put-off. However, given the success of RE2 it seems unlikely that Capcom will be ditching single-player for the next mainline installment.
It remains to be seen if Capcom is working on an RE3 remake or RE8 in addition to Project Resistance, although we'd be surprised if they weren't.
Project Resistance will be present at the Tokyo Game Show in mid-September and will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The website also advertises that the game will be playable, meaning it's been deep in development. Hopefully, Capcom will announce a release date when they debut the game.
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