Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is an upcoming 2012 third-person shooter video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, co-developed by Slant Six Games andCapcom, and currently scheduled for a release in April 26, 2012 in Japan, on March 20, 2012 in North America, March 22, 2012 in Australia and March 23, 2012 in Europe. It is part of theResident Evil series, being set around the same time as Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and the two Resident Evil: Outbreak titles.
The game takes place during the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, and is set in Raccoon City, whose residents have been turned into zombies after an outbreak of the T-virus, a biological weapon developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella. Players will take the role of an officer of the Umbrella Security Service (USS). They have a vastly different objective compared to the Spec Ops opposition: members of the USS are tasked with destroying evidence of Umbrella’s illegal activities, including killing survivors of the outbreak, while the Special Operations team has to expose the actions of the company. Operation Raccoon City will allow the player to make major “what-if” decisions such as killing Leon S. Kennedy, one of the protagonists of Resident Evil 2 and the protagonist of Resident Evil 4.
There are six playable characters in the game: Vector, Beltway, Spectre, Four Eyes, Lupo and Bertha. Each have their own unique abilities: Vector (real name unknown) is the team’s recon expert and is equipped with a cloaking ability; Beltway (real name Hector Hivers) is proficient in the use of explosives; Bertha (real name Michaela Schneider) is the team’s medic; Spectre (real name Vladimir Bodrovski) is the team’s surveillance class and sharpshooter; Four Eyes (real name Christine Yamata) is the scientist of the group with the ability to program the bio-organic weapons (BOWs); and Lupo (real name Karena Lesproux), who is an Assault class/Team Leader as shown in a recent trailer. Alongside the Single Player Mode, the game will also offer four-player co-operative gameplay, which pits the USS against the US Special Operations task force.
The zombies in the game will be able to attack the player in a multitude of ways. A zombie that gets too close to the player will usually attempt to grapple the player, prompting the player to rapidly shake his analogue stick to avoid infection. Players who are unsuccessful in doing this will be “invisible” to nearby zombies for a limited amount of time whilst they are infected before their death in the game. If a player is successfully bitten and later runs out of time after becoming infected, the player will lose control of their character and begin attacking their former teammates until shot in the head, allowing the player to respawn.
The game also utilizes a bleeding mechanic, meaning characters who have been badly wounded will be deemed “bleeding out”, giving their screen a blood red hue and making them a higher priority target to nearby infected than the others.
There will be additional enemy types in the game besides zombies. BOWs that can be confirmed from E3 are Hunters, Lickers and Tyrants. Furthermore, the player will be able to control them under certain circumstances.
In December 2011, Capcom unveiled “Heroes Mode”, an online multiplayer feature allowing you to play classic hero characters such as Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira, plus the villains Ada Wong, HUNK, Nicholai Ginovaef and an all-new character, called Lone Wolf.