Capcom unveils Resident Evil 5 TGS plans
- Posted October 2nd, 2008 at 08:25 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 12 Comments
Capcom’s Resident Evil 5 looks set to hold a significant presence at this years Tokyo Game Show, as plans for the Survival Horror sequel’s Japanese onslaught emerge in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine.
According to the publication, the Japanese developer will be showcasing a brand new 15-minute demo of the hotly anticipated title across 70 console stations spread throughout Sony, Microsoft and Capcom’s TGS booths.
Furthermore, a five-minute trailer will also be on display to shed some light on the game’s storyline, including the first concrete details on returning series antagonist, Albert Wesker.
Co-producer Masachika Kawata commented: “I feel like the entire company is fighting against the pressure, not just our team,” adding, "Our budget has gone past the point that we never, ever thought it'd go past. Just the QA budget is enough that we could probably make a game off that alone."
Producer Jun Takeuchi also pitched in, focusing on the company’s decision to base the title around the new online co-op mode: "We're developing this game with the online co-op mode as its base,” he said.
"RE5 is a 'next generation' console game, and online is important both in Japan and overseas. We felt it was time to bring the RE series online in a serious way. We had done that with the Resident Evil Outbreak games, of course, but that wasn't the main series; we wanted to bring online to the main game this time. That was the attitude we brought into the early stages of development."
Kawata also pointed out how the application of online co-op will help attract new fans to the 12-year old franchise, particularly those who are likely to be too scared to have a crack at it by themselves.
"This is a scary game," he said, "and some people will never want to play it by themselves. We think there's an unexpectedly large number of gamers who are willing to give it a shot if they're playing with someone else."
"I've been reconsidering the way I think about games partly because I want to get a more worldwide view of them," continued Takeuchi.
"A while back I had a group of people who've never played FPSes before try playing the best overseas games in the genre, like Halo and Gears of War. All of them said that the games were fun. The problem is that Japanese people don't have a taste for FPSes yet; if we put as much capital into those as we have with, say, hamburgers, then I'm sure Japanese people would enjoy the genre just as much. Eventually, there aren't going to be any divisions between making games for Japan or the US or Europe; that's what we have to remember during development. We have to make things that our customers enjoy."
Lastly, regarding the addition of Wesker to RE5’s ever growing cast, Kawata acknowledged that while the blonde-haired antagonist has been out of the game since his triumphant return in Code: Veronica, gamers will definitely want to watch out for the forthcoming TGS trailer to see how he fits in this time around -- and from the sounds of it, it'll be worth the wait.
"Wesker has been out of the main picture since Code: Veronica, but you'll want to see how he makes his return and what plans he has in store this time. How he's involved in the story will be blown out in the Game Show trailer."
Resident Evil 5 is due out worldwide on March 13, 2009.
BOZTRADAMUS | BOZTRADAMUS
- 3:45am EDT - October 2nd, 2008
I have no thoughts.
- 3:47am EDT - October 2nd, 2008
Not sure if i like the Co-Op way of playing this game, i can see me getting annoyed, the idea of horror is to get scared, I am going to have to wait and see reviews before i part with my cash.
- 4:22am EDT - October 2nd, 2008
I call shenanigans
From what I've seen this game won't be scary in the slightest
- 4:27am EDT - October 2nd, 2008
cool i cant wait for Resintend Evil 5 to come out
- 7:06am EDT - October 2nd, 2008
psn id: gingo... i really doubt it will get to the heights of scariness from the first one, honestly who didn't crap themselves when those zombie dogs jumped through the window but i hope its scarier than the 2nd one
psycho_mantis | uncut_raw187
- 8:06am EDT - October 2nd, 2008
number 4 was one of the best ps2 games ive ever played so 5 should be amazing too cant wait for this to come out!!
- 12:43pm EDT - October 2nd, 2008
wake it up e-40 ft akon...sorry i just had to say that
- 12:56pm EDT - October 2nd, 2008
its about time
- 2:34pm EDT - October 2nd, 2008
So far so good. I have always enjoyed playing RE and this RE5 won't be an exception.
- 8:17pm EDT - October 2nd, 2008
thats true one of the main reasons i havent finished my resident evil games is cuz im afraid a zombie is gunna jump out of no where and scare me to a heartattack (sounds stupid i know) but still plannin on buyin this game..to co-op with somebody might get a bit annoyin thou but its to early to tell if the co-op will suck or not
- 9:38pm EDT - October 2nd, 2008
I will buy it for sure but have no intention for co-op or online co-op
- 4:03am EDT - October 8th, 2008
I'm really happy they are finally putting co-op in a RE game that isn't just online. If you feel the game's scare factor will be ruined by having another buddy with you just beat it once yourself since it is only scary the first time anyway. Than play it for fun with another person. This game is gonna rock!
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