Ever since Resident Evil Revelations was re-released on the Playstation 3, Xbox 260, and Wii U in May 2013, the series has gone quiet. But not to worry – the apocalypse has not come for the great survival horror series as Capcom recently revealed. Two games are on the horizon – one that looks familiar to veterans, and one that is an all new title.
To long-time fans of the series, the original 1996 game on the first Playstation console is a classic. Then, in 2002 it was given an amazing overhaul on the Nintendo Gamecube, which was also made available later on the Wii. For those who prefer the old-school survival horror gameplay, your waiting is nearly over. Capcom is touching up the remake for an HD release in 2015. It will be made available on the new and previous generations of consoles.
The original game follows young S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team members (that’s Special Tactics And Rescue Service for those not in the know) Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as they investigate strange murders taking place in the Arklay Mountains outside of Raccoon City. As they search the forest, their mission quickly becomes a nightmare with only one goal – survival. Players will get the choice to play as Jill or Chris (with small variations in each of their stories) and try to make it out alive. The screenshots that have been released so far show off the polished look of the updated graphics which look fantastic. Perhaps there will be some new surprises along the way as well…
After the success of Resident Evil: Revelations, Capcom announced a sequel. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 takes the spin-off game into its own series within the series – which will serve to fill in gaps in the main storyline as well as expand it. Revelations 2 is also scheduled for a 2015 release and not many details are known yet, except it will star Chris Redfield’s younger sister Claire Redfield, who has not been seen in the main storyline since Code Veronica (but gained an honorable mention in Resident Evil 6 by big brother). Co-starring is Moira Burton – one of Barry Burton’s daughters, now all grown up. Followers of the series will remember Barry (also long-missing from the series) and the mention of his two daughters in the original Resident Evil game.
Both games have fans hyped for what is to come next in the series, especially with its recent return to its survival horror roots after deviating to a more action-based gameplay. But is there another reason for the release of these two particular games at the same time? Perhaps referencing back or previous decisions affecting the future? Players will have to wait and see as the horror continues in the New Year.