At Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference, Capcom took the stage to announce Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps, a multiplayer shooter set to release next year in celebration of the Resident Evil franchise’s 20th anniversary. The game is set to release on both PlayStation 4 and PC in early 2016.
It seems an odd choice to celebrate an historic single player survival horror series with a multiplayer shooter. Resident Evil , known as Biohazard in Japan, has reinvented itself numerous times over the past two decades, moving from it’s historic genre-defining survival horror debut to Resident Evil 4, one of the greatest games of all time, and one that popularised the modern third person action game. The franchise has fallen from grace in recent years however, suffering poor reviews for it’s most recent mainline instalment Resident Evil 6, and focusing more on divisive spin-offs like the Resident Evil: Revelations sub-series and Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City, the franchise’s previous foray into multiplayer gaming.
Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps has received a decidedly negative reception from fans since it’s unveiling, with the like to dislike ratio on the trailer’s YouTube video indicating that most of the franchise’s audience would prefer something else. I know I would.
The game will be available digitally for US $29.99.