Resident Evil: Revelations Returns to Series' Exploration Roots
Posted by Trevor Chan
Oh, can you smell the fear?
The E3 announcement trailer of Resident Evil: Revelations had gamers scratching their heads over the identity of the mysterious man held captive by protagonists Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, among other unanswered questions. It's a good thing that Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has had a chat with some of the production staff then, because now we finally have some firm details surrounding the nature of the 3DS survival horror game from Capcom.
The game is set between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 on the Playstation 3/Xbox 360 and follows the recently formed Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA). As well as Valentine and Redfield, the game will also feature other members of BSAA as the game unravels onboard a creature-infested cruise ship.
Producer Masachika Kawata says the game will return to the "classic style" of puzzles and exploration that was a staple of earlier Resident Evil games. Revelations will once again put the focus on fear and suspense, and if you think contemporary Resident Evil games supply way too much ammo to the player, you won't feel that way with this instalment. Director Koushi Nakanishi also says that the 3D visual effects will help deliver some of the fear that players will experience as the uncertainty of creatures lurking in the dark will surely make any hero hesitate.
The game's narrative is designed to be approachable to gamers who are new to the franchise, but there will be elements that veterans will recognise and appreciate. Controls-wise, gamers will be able to move freely while guns are equipped and the viewpoint can also be adjusted. Screenshots printed in Famitsu show the camera view over the character's shoulder but the developers revealed that work is also being done to offer a new control feel. The overall setting of the game is based in Europe, but storyboards show concept images of a port town and a snowy mountain, with the latter showing a freighter plane up in flames.
Resident Evil: Revelations is still in the early development stages as the game is only about 20% complete, but Capcom has just released a set of new screenshots that look even more impressive than the first set.