A few days ago we reported on a rumor that Capcom was working on a new Resident Evil game entitled Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. All we had to go on at the time was rumors abound, but the premise seemed solid and now Capcom has officially announced the existence of the title for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Operation Raccoon City will feature third-person squad based gameplay (think SOCOM) and will offer a reinterpretation of the events in Resident Evil 2 and 3. That’s a fancy way of saying that the game will most likely not be canon but rather an offshoot that explores how things might have been. The game will pit you, an Umbrella Special Forces Agent, against zombies and US soldiers looking to clean up Raccoon City; pepper in some Bio-Organic Weapons (Tyrant and Nemesis are good examples) and you have at what the very least will be an unconventional squad shooter.
Here’s a brief overview of the story directly from the press release:
It is September 1998 and the action centers 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 favorite 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.
In addition, Operation Raccoon City will also feature competitive multiplayer that will pit opposing squads against each other. The release date is tentatively set for a Winter 2012 release.