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Famitsu details new Resident Evil 5 characters

Spoilers abound in this week’s issue of Japan’s Famitsu magazine, with a sprinkle of new Resident Evil 5 information regarding the appearance of a new female character and the return of a familiar male antagonist.

According to the publication, the mysterious female dressed in white is known as Excella Gionne, and serves as President of the African branch of TriCell pharmaceutical. Eagle-eyed readers will no doubt remember her cropping up in one of the E3 trailers for the game.

Moving on, and in a revelation that is sure to have fans salivating at the lips, the mag has bagged the first images of the notorious Albert Wesker – perpetual sunglasses included.

For those unfamiliar with the Resident Evil saga, Wesker has cropped up in a number of titles over the past decade, including Resident Evil (where he served as leader of the S.T.A.R.S, of which RE5 protagonist Chris Redfield was also a member), Resident Evil Code: Veronica, Resident Evil Zero and Resident Evil 4.

Resident Evil 5 is due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 13, 2009.