Capcom illuminates Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles' new chapter

TGS 2009: Producer Masachika Kawata highlights details on Wii game's new scenario, Operation Javier, and more; new trailer inside.

TOKYO---Today at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show, Capcom held a stage presentation to introduce the new story addition to Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, its upcoming Wii remake of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica.

Appearing onstage, producer Masachika Kawata started out his presentation with a new trailer, which showed us a new chapter, Operation Javiar. The year is 2002 and the setting is South America. We see Leon S. Kennedy, who has walked into a deserted village together with Jack Krauser.

Leon and Krauser search through the village, only to find their guide gravely injured inside one of the wrecked houses, mumbling something about a girl. Then, the trailer quickly shifts back to the village streets, except this time, they're no longer deserted. Leon and Krauser find themselves surrounded by mobs of zombies all too eager to take a bite out of the two protagonists. As Leon enters a church, he finds a girl in a white dress lying on the ground.

The trailer then suddenly changes to a number of cutscenes in a huge futuristic lab facility, full of B.O.W.s (Bio-Organic Weapons). They include a Tyrant and, more noteworthy, a mysterious fiery being that mentions that it has been waiting for years to become one with the Veronica virus.

The trailer then switches to a scene that looks like a dam or possibly the outside of the lab. Leon and Krauser are together with the girl in the white dress, and we find out her name is Manuela. A couple of gameplay scenes show Leon and Krauser fighting their way through the streets, while also protecting Manuela. A number of interesting lines of dialogue were heard while additional gameplay was shown: "So this is what Umbrella's virus can do, huh?" "Yeah, but there's something different about this one."

The trailer ended with a zoom into Manuela's face, and the screen faded out.

Mr. Kennedy, I presume?

After the trailer ended, Kawata pointed out the highlights in Operation Javier. "For this new episode, we decided to go with South America, which is a setting that hasn't been used in the Resident Evil series up do date," he said. "The main characters are Leon. S. Kennedy and Jack Krauser. They were foes in Resident Evil 4, but this story takes place before that time period, and you'll cooperate together as teammates."

Kawata then introduced two important storyline characters. The first was Manuela, the girl from the trailer, and the second was Javier Hidalgo. While it wasn't mentioned during the presentation, Capcom's official site gives some additional insight to the story. Javier is an internationally wanted drug lord who has absolute power over a region in South America. However, he suddenly disappears, and not long thereafter, information comes in that an ex-Umbrella Corporation researcher was spotted entering into Javier's territory. That triggers the United States to assemble a search party--led by Leon and Krauser--to find out what's happening.

After talking about the characters, Kawata went on to announce that the game will be released in Japan on January 14, more than a month after its North American release on November 27. Kawata commented that the extra time might allow for "additional measures" for its Japan launch. However, he wasn't clear on whether he meant additional game content or some kind of a preorder or retail bonus.

Not everyone is happy to see the Resident Evil series return to the Wii.

Kawata then introduced Cavia producer Kentaro Noguchi, whose company is developing the game. Noguchi played through a few minutes of Operation Javier, and he showed that the easy mode would feature an autolock system for novice players. Kawata then explained that while auto-lock makes it easier to hit enemies, it's not meant for advanced players because the scores won't be as high.

As Noguchi advanced through the game, Kawata explained how the developers have aimed for as much realism and advanced graphics as possible on the Wii. Aside from the graphics and textures, they've also put effort to the smaller details, such as a shaky-cam effect.

The auto-lock feature will come in handy when zombies don't want to play nice.

In terms of the story, there are about three times as many lines of dialogue compared to the previous Chronicles game, since the two partners often talk with each other. It was also mentioned that the game features a status screen while paused, very much like the mainstream Resident Evil action game series. In the screen, players can take their time to select a weapon and use items on damaged characters without the worry of being attacked by enemies.

For additional details on Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview from the Tokyo Game Show.

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Hitamaru-homia
Hitamaru-homia

Rails is a dead genre. It sadly is. Would've been better if it WASNT ON RAILS. Come one.... Rails is only fun if you're putting 2 quarters in an arcade machine not in your living room.

Camboy_89
Camboy_89

ummm Why is this a console exclusive for the Wii again?

CapComClyde
CapComClyde

@ malverick I agree with you my brotha, those developers need to put time on wii games

MBS923
MBS923

This looks great. I played RE4 earlier this year, and I loved it. I might get this to see more about the what happened before that game (might also consider Umbrella Chronicles).

BallGame
BallGame

Why are they not using the RE4 engine for these games. Rail shooters are so lame

odst_trooper117
odst_trooper117

does anyone notice that, that south american level in the trailer looks EXACTLY like re4 in the first few levels????

odst_trooper117
odst_trooper117

cant wait! they've jacked up the fear factor when creating this remake of re2 re:code veronica by making it from a first peron view... so far its already 10/10!!! yes! :P

Ghostquote44
Ghostquote44

Would be AWESOME-ER if it wasn't for the WII. I'm sorry I mean it's nice to be leon again but 3rd person shooters are better 3rd person!

shortpersonben
shortpersonben

if i had a wii i might consider this... i still want to see RE4 on the 360, that with proper HD graphics would be perfect :)

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i can't wait for this. a reason to play wii again. lol. i still with the 360 would have light gun shooters though because that about the only kind of game the 360 does not cover and should.

YoungDab
YoungDab

Something is wrong with team capcom,they obviously aren't getting any fan memos Loooool.

mcafeevsd
mcafeevsd

Whata bunch of bozo nerds, why cant they understand people dont want stoopid monsters and daylight, just dark areas with walking scary looking zombies is enough.

mcafeevsd
mcafeevsd

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cube-gage
cube-gage

so its light gun gameplay? and didnt they do a remake of resi 2 for the GC anyway? I know they did resi ZERO and REsi 1

fabz_95
fabz_95

The game looks really good and the graphics are fantastic for a wii game.

malverick
malverick

I think the game looks pretty good - considering that it is a Wii game. So far, a lot of developers have been lazy and haven't even tried to stretch the Wii to see exactly how much it is capable of. Capcom seem to be one of the only developers doing this, based on this and Monster Hunter Tri. Let's hope this makes other developers follow suit. I do wish that the game was a fully-fledged FPS rather than on-rails - but I love Ghost Squad and House of the Dead: Overkill, and am looking forward to this and Dead Space: Extraction. @rorrimman - "POINT and SHOOT"?. Yes, in an on-rails shooter, that's what you do. However, in a FPS you "RUN, POINT and SHOOT". so not really much different. You just get to choose where you go.

angelbless
angelbless

Returning to Leon and Krausser´s mission is a good aditional scenario to me. More likely Wesker´s was for the Umbrella Chronicles. Just a sidenote, if this is taking place in South America, wouldnt the characters ( I mean like Manuela) be talking in Spanish :?. Like ths Ganados of RE4

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

Why is Leon always escorting some troublesome girl...

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

Looks better than the last, I just wish they'd do a "REAL" remake of 2!

IAMTHEJOKER88
IAMTHEJOKER88

im with YoungDab, a remake of resi 2 for xbox and ps3 would be awesome.

salvucci91
salvucci91

I can understand where people are coming from about this not being a TPS, but damn... this LOOKS incredible. I don't think it's going to be just another bland rail-shooter.

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

This looks good, hope it's as enjoyable as Umbrella Chronicles was. Always had a fondness for rail shooters, so I know I'll be buying this. Just a shame that it isn't a survival horror akin to the older RE games, but oh well, can always hope that those might come back some day. Still not used to RE being set in the day, I've always found a night setting to be more fitting. But no matter, I'm sure I'll enjoy this game just as I enjoyed Umbrella Chronicles and it's good to see that the new chapter fits in with the events of RE4 when Leon and Jack had their fight.

GunnBjorn
GunnBjorn

This more and more dampens my hopes for a full fledged RE2 Remake...

YoungDab
YoungDab

You already know what im going to say...................[REMAKE] Resident Evil 2/3 For Xbox 360/PS3 And that's my comment.

runefa
runefa

wow, this game have very good graphics, i thin that the will have the same power as the normal xbox, so that explain it looks very good, i hope this game is longer that RE5.

thrubeingcool13
thrubeingcool13

@angelcage-2: When it comes down to it, all video games are toys. Get over it.

Geostrike
Geostrike

The game looks........ Ok I kinda wish they would do something other than a rail shooter. I would even prefer they make them the traditional puzzle-based way or like Outbreak (without the load times) than a rail shooter.

wilard34
wilard34

I'm gonna be honest, doesn't look that good. I've been pinning for the return to the more moody Resident Evil and thought this would be it, but after this trailer I'm not so sure. Guess I'll just wait for the next Silent Hill to drop. Homecoming was a better horror game than Res 5 hands down.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Rail shooter??? Meh, forget about this. Yeah, yeah, the 'game' looks somewhat good, butnot enough. Why don't make a REAL 3rd person shoother like RE4/5??? Rail shooter is a DEAD game style, wich was good for a few years, but no matter how hard capcom try (a developer trying hard to make a great wii game??? please, that ain't hapenning :P ) this genre will never as good as 1st person or 3rd person games. This is just a toy if you ask me... you finnish it one time and you don't have any reason to play it again. The replay value of this kind of game is near to zero.. not like RE4 wich i still play sometimes trying to make something sick on mercenaries, or trying to make a special waltrough over the main game... A toy.... just like 90% of Wii games.

eldin4444
eldin4444

plus I think this rail shooter will make everything more frighting cuz u cant actually run so u fight or get T virused (hell out of a verb) xD

eldin4444
eldin4444

Fu*** just saw the trailer let me tell u something this game kick some serius ass at least in what I just see, and lest be clear one more time the only difference with this game and a non rail shoot is that u cant move freely but I really dont care about that cuz lest be serius a shooter is about shooting nothing more ofcourse is good to be walking all around but this game seems very promising

eldin4444
eldin4444

come on people why raild shooters aint hardcore? cuz u cant go all the way around shooting like a freaking bastard traying to kill a roach? lest be intelligents a serius Hardcore is the meaning for something that gets u into no for something that u may think is good. and yes Lion is diferent again but hey his hair is the same as always, I think

peachboymcb
peachboymcb

Always wanted to see the older RE games in better graphics... But RE 4&5 style, not like this...

DMLSLAT
DMLSLAT

Umbrella was good... Hopefully things improve a bit. I'll keep tabs on it.

OultawVR
OultawVR

Leon kennedy is a freaking shapeshifter he never looks the same in any of the RE games

pspitus
pspitus

Looks interesting....

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

Mmm. Looks interesting. I might buy it next year.

BFKZ
BFKZ

i want a wii.... :(

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

wow. rail shooters blow, and the wii blows for doing this...again. It is such a gimmick system. rail shooters belong in arcades.

BloodMist
BloodMist

If rail shooters aren't hardcore, then what is?A mediocre FPS like Halo, or something? *scoffs*

AtlanticRock
AtlanticRock

Wii price drop + Darkside Chronicles... good news, I may buy a Wii... one day.

jamesAboy19
jamesAboy19

GOING....TO....BE.....F***ING....EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this looks brilliant :) man this + dead space extraction + the conduit + COD4 + Mad world really got all the dust off my wii :D

bryan220
bryan220

this actually looks pretty good!

norwalk2008
norwalk2008

sick!!! a new chapter with leon and krauser im definetly getting this game 3 chapters