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Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps Is A Full-Scale Offensive

The third-person shooter Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps was delayed last month, from its planned release date in May to June 21. The extra wait obviously wasn’t happy news for Resident Evil fans, but this just might be; Capcom has announced that Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps is only the warm up to more things that they have in the pipeline by March 2017.

Some of the titles include:

  • Sengoku BASARA: Sanada Yukimura-den for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4
  • Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps for PlayStation 4 PC
  • Ace Attorney 6 for the Nintendo 3DS 
  • Monster Hunter Stories for the Nintendo 3DS

There are a couple of gameplay teasers out already on Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps and if their trailer is anything to go by it looks like they’ve diverted from their iconic survival/horror game style to something more fast-paced action. The game has been described as a multiplayer-based survival horror shooter and in their recent demo at PAX 2016 we were able to check out some of their gameplay.

The multiplayer matches and Team Battle Modes are quick single-elimination rounds in close-quartered combat, which gives it a feel of a zombie Call of Duty more than something from the Resident Evil franchise. This creative departure isn’t an anomaly for the franchise. Operation Raccoon City focused on class-based squad tactics. Resident Evil Outbreak attempted an MMO-style of online multiplayer. Even the lauded Resident Evil 4 marked a turning point, reducing survival aspects in favor of more shooting, sprawling locations, and frantic set-pieces.

Besides Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps, the remastered versions of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 are the only games that have been announced for 2016That said, speculators are anticipating the imminent announcement of Resident Evil 7 as well. If the fiscal report is anything to go by, then RE7 may arrive before March 31 of next year.