Capcom took to the stage at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference to announce a new Resident Evil title for 2016. Far from being Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps is a competitive online shooter set in the same world of zombies and biological terror.
A trailer showed off some gameplay, which sees two teams of competing human troops attempt to fight each other while dealing with an undead hoard. Among the features we are cover-based shooting and the ability to use zombies as shields to protect players from incoming fire.
You can watch the trailer below...
Next year marks the hit horror series' 20th anniversary and Capcom are celebrating it with the release of both Umbrella Corps and a remake of Resident Evil Zero. A remake of Resi 2 is also in the works but it likely won't be released in 2016.
An official press release reads:
Umbrella Corporation, a ruthless international pharmaceutical company, had been known for its genetic experiments and biological weaponry that led to worldwide devastation including the infamous Raccoon City incident. Although the organization was brought down in 2003, its legacy of bio-terrorism continued. In the present day, corporations with nebulous interests in bio-weaponry have hired squads of special forces for experimental battles in restricted virus-infected areas against other mercenaries.
Umbrella Corpswill feature high-intensity team-based matches where players can compete online in a variety of unique close quarter battle modes. Each adrenaline-fueled match will be short and brutal and is designed for quick and engaging play. The game will feature an analog aim and cover system, allowing for more precise control when firing from cover.
In the One Life Deathmatch mode, players must achieve their main objective to take down the other team without any option to re-spawn. One life per round is all a player gets as they must not only face the enemy team but also contend with classic Resident Evil enemies such as zombies that populate each map. Though these can be added threats, they can also be used to a player's advantage if strategically used to hinder the other team.
In order to face all these threats, players will be equipped with gun and grenade based weaponry as well as specialized gear that add an extra layer of Resident Evil flair to the action. The non-traditional arsenal includes the Brainer (a powerful melee axe which goes straight into the skull), Tactical Shield (an arm-mounted guard allowing players to utilise a zombie as cover), Terrain Spikes (boot-mounted spikes for trampling the enemy), and Zombie Jammer (a device which repels zombies only when active). Players must be quick and strategic in changing up their tactics and weapons to win against the opposing team in this all-out brawl.
The game will be release on PS4 and PC worldwide early next year for £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99.