While the Resident Evil 6 announcement trailer made a few things clear – namely that the plot revolves around a bio-terrorism attatack on the US President, both Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield would be involved and playable characters moved more like something out of Gears of War than Resident Evil – Capcom have now moved to unveil a few more details regarding the impending sequel, be careful, here there be monsters:
Redesigned control system: Resident Evil 6 is set to features an “evolved control system” allowing players to shoot whilst moving, slide, roll in any direction and head into cover. CApcom also confirm the addition of an “enhanced melee attack” though without shedding any further details.
Setting: As was obvious from the RE6 announcement trailer, Chris Redfield heads to China during the course of the game, Capcom have now clarified this by unveiling that the main location in China will be a fictitious coastal town called Lanshiang.
There has been some confusion surrounding when the game is set, so to set the record straight Resident Evil 6 takes place in 2013.
Things that go bump in the night
Zombies: Yes they are back, but now they run, jump at you, even use weapons and as such are different from those encountered in previous games. Does this mean they’re the product of a new virus, a parasite? We suspect either the latter (or perhaps a combination of both) judging from some of the mutated undead featured in the trailer.
J’avo: Named by the BSAA after the Serbian word for demon, the first J’avo are said to have made an appearance during a conflict in Eastern Europe about six months before the events of RE6. The J’avo still exhibit certain human elements – such as the ability to understand speech, work together as a group and use weapons – but they are also incredibly aggressive and a number of their actions have regressed to pure instinct.
When a J’avo takes damage it has the ability to regenerate itself. However if it is receives major damage then it will mutate that affected body part into a number of varied forms, meaning players will have to rethink their strategy and adapt to this unpredictability.
The good guys
Leon S. Kennedy: Following the Raccoon City incident Leon was recruited as a US government agent by none other than Adam Benford, who would later become the President of the United States. Ever since the nightmare that was Raccoon City Leon has made it his life’s work to eradicate bioterrorism.
Helena Harper: Like Leon, she is also a government agent, but was in the process of transferring to the Secret Service to become one of the President’s personal bodyguards. In the announcement trailer it is Helena who admits to Leon that she is the one responsible for this incident.
Chris Redfield: The ex-S.T.A.R.S member who continued the fight against bioterrorism as the leader of the BSAA underwent a personal trauma some six months prior to the events depicted in RE6. In spite of this he has rejoined his BSAA colleagues in China to uncover a major bioterrorist attack.
The mysterious third protagonist: We’re still trying to track down his real identity but we do know this man is a mercenary currently engaged in a bloody conflict in Eastern Europe where reports confirm that B.O.W.s are increasingly being used. One day, he’s told that he is the man to save the world. Whilst he doesn’t understand the implications of this, he does immediately think how much money he can make from it.