After a boo-boo on Xbox.com led to someone at Microsoft accidentally leaking the box art and first piece of concept art for a sequel to Resident Evil: Revelations, Capcom took the stage at Sony’s pre-TGS press briefing today to confirm that the game is real, and it’s set to release worldwide sometime next year.
The only tidbit of information revealed about the game’s plot is that it won’t center around Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield, the original Resident Evil protagonists, who united again in the original Resident Evil: Revelations. Beyond that, Capcom was mum about who might be the protagonist, and what they may be up against in the new game.
What we can no doubt determine however is that this being Resident Evil: Revelations 2, and not Resident Evil 7, the game will stick more closely to the series’ slow-paced survival-horror roots, rather than the increasing action-horror focus from Resident Evil 4 onward. This should no doubt be good news to anyone who felt that Resident Evil 6 pretty well abandoned the series’ survival-horror roots, in favour of just being an action game. It’s also likely that the game is an interquel, like the original Resident Evil: Revelations, and will likely take place before the events of Resident Evil 6, which is currently furthest in the series’ timeline.
It wasn’t explicitly confirmed during Capcom’s on-stage announcement, but Capcom has also since clarified that the game is in development not only for Xbox 360, but also for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Despite the original Resident Evil: Revelations debuting as a Nintendo 3DS exclusive, the sequel is not in development for Nintendo platforms at all. Too bad.
Eggplante will continue to scare up any news and updates on the Resident Evil games.