Capcom is pitching Resident Evil Revelations as a full-on RE title, albeit in portable - but no less sweeping and spectacular - form. And at E3 last week, they revealed a new playable character, Parker Luciani, a Bioterrorism agent who joins Jill Valentine in her quest to undo the necrotic work of the Umbrella Corporation. Fans immediately pounced on this announcement as confirmation of a co-operative element in Revelations, with one player controlling Valentine, the other Luciani. Not so, however, according to Capcom.
"You can see the game is very focused on that horror atmosphere, so it's not made for co-op play," explains producer Masachika Kawata to Eurogamer. "We're focusing on the single-player this time". Capcom is taking Resident Evil back to its survival-horror roots with Revelations, promising an experience similar to the first three titles. Set between the fourth and fifth entries, however, it features a control-scheme identical to Resident Evil Mercenaries, which is out next month.
"It's a full Resident Evil story. Just because it's on a portable doesn't mean we've shrunk the scope of that or anything," reveals Kawata. "Probably my biggest goal was to get back to that survival horror feeling the Resident Evil series has been known for for so long. I wanted to bring that out on the 3DS and maybe even show newer fans of the series, who are maybe only familiar with the more action-focused recent Resident Evils, how much fun this new survival horror Resident Evil is".
Resident Evil Revelations is shaping up to be a worthy entry in the long-running and beloved series, and a welcome addition to the 3DS' meager line-up of titles. No release date has yet been announced. [Eurogamer]