First unveiled last year as a Kotaku rumour, Resident Evil: Raccoon City was made official this morning by Capcom, who verifies the new take on the survival horror series hits the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this Australian summer.
As rumoured, Resident Evil: Raccoon City will take the franchise in a new direction, having players take on the role of an Umbrella Security Services soldier in a third-person, team-based shooter that explores a reinterpretation of the events depicted in Resident Evil 2 and 3.
It is September 1998 and the action centres once more on the ill-fated Raccoon City and the horrific consequences of the deadly T-virus outbreak from the Umbrella facility. With a cover up required, Umbrella orders an elite team into Raccoon City to destroy all evidence of the outbreak and eliminate any survivors. Hearing of this plan, the US Government dispatches its own special forces to uncover any evidence that exposes the cause of the viral infection and Umbrella's actions. Players take on the role of an Umbrella Security Services soldier (U.S.S.), competing alone or in four player co-op in a battle against all the competing forces at play in Raccoon City.
Expect the return of original Resident Evil enemies, iconic landmarks such as the Raccoon City Police Department and fan favourite characters, including Leon S. Kennedy, who as a rookie police officer in Raccoon City is on your hit list to eliminate. Players will experience a retelling of classic moments from past titles Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 and watch the events unfolding from the menacing perspective of the Umbrella Security Service, giving fans the chance to rewrite the history of the Raccoon City outbreak.
The game will have players taking on zombies, Bio-Organic Weapons and opposing squads, Capcom says. It will also include a number of competitive online multiplayer modes. Resident Evil: Raccoon City is a collaboration between Capcom and Slant 6 Games and is scheduled for release this Australian summer.