Slip into the uniform of a member of a crack Umbrella Security Services squad member tasked with cleaning up both the zombies and the survivors of the original T-virus outbreak in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, a new title on the way from former SOCOM developer Slant Six Games.
Back in November of last year, a leaked document forwarded to Kotaku suggested that Slant Six Games of SOCOM: Confrontation fame had been tapped by Capcom to take the Resident Evil franchise in an entirely new direction. Now the latest issue of the Official Xbox Magazine confirms those suggestions, and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is heading to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this (northern) winter.
Considering Slant Six's pedigree, the story of Operation Raccoon City makes perfect sense. Rather than one character against a horde of mutated zombies, players will become a member of the Umbrella Security Services. Their job? Contain the zombie outbreak; eliminate any survivors. It's a very dark game, giving fans of the series a fresh perspective on the events that occurred in Resident Evil 2 and 3.
The USS team will consist of Vector, Beltway, Bertha and Spectre, with each character having a specific part to play in the narrative.
The USS forces will also find themselves at odds with the US Special Forces, creating three-point battles between military groups and the infected hordes.
While gamers don't have to be familiar with the series to play Operation Raccoon City, those that are will visit familiar places, see some familiar faces, and possibly even change the future of the Resident Evil series by shooting those familiar faces until they stop moving. It seems Capcom is letting Slant Six run loose with game canon, and characters like Leon Kennedy are not guaranteed to survive the experience.
Hit up the link below to read more features of the upcoming game, or pick up the May issue of the Official Xbox Magazine for the full report.