E3 2008: Resident Evil 5 Impressions

Capcom made a surprise appearance at Microsoft's E3 press conference, and showed off a brand-new online co-op mode to boot.

One of the most anticipated releases for any console right now, Resident Evil 5 certainly has high expectations from fans. Thankfully, those who are looking forward to the game were given brand-new information from Capcom today when the company took to the stage at Microsoft's E3 press conference. In addition to showing a new playable demo of the game, Capcom revealed that there will be an online co-op mode, and that the game will ship in North America and Europe on Friday, March 13th, 2009.

Capcom producer Jun Takeuchi took to the stage wearing an Umbrella Corporation jacket to talk about what we can expect in the game. He started playing as Chris, the B.S.A.A. (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance) agent who finds himself in Africa to investigate a bioterrorism incident. The game takes the same over-the-shoulder viewpoint as Resident Evil 4, and the combat seems to be very similar to its GameCube/PlayStation 2 predecessor. Chris can run around the environments quickly, but he has to stop and aim to accurately fire at the zombified enemies.

After a minute of playtime, Takeuchi-san reached what appeared to be an insurmountable gap. However, thanks to the brand-new online co-op mode, game director Kenichi Ueda was able to join in as another playable character named Sheva Alomar. She is a slightly more nimble character than Chris, and is light enough to be thrown over the gap by Chris. Once over there, she was able to use a rifle to shoot at enemies, this time with an over-the-left-shoulder view. All the while, Chris used a sniper rifle to help her out from afar.

The demo ended with a cutscene that showed a familiar chainsaw-wielding enemy who was about to attack the reunited duo. It was an infuriatingly short look at the game, but with the new co-op mode, improved graphics, and brand-new setting, our appetites were certainly whetted by the demo. We'll have a hands-on with the demo very shortly, so stay tuned for more information.

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41 comments
Dirkula
Dirkula

so i read somewhere that RE5 will be open world. anyone have any info on this? cuz if its true that would be awsome!!!!

abbas4evr
abbas4evr

oh sorry i said the opposite there is a split screen screen mode but no LAN play CO_op as far as i know.....sorry again!!!

abbas4evr
abbas4evr

i dont think it will be having a split screen co-op mode,but it may have a LAN co-op mode

hardabs
hardabs

im just hoping it can have spit screen coop?can someone please tell me if it does!

solidum-jurgin
solidum-jurgin

well seems that the popularity of the game has become a fever and also makes more version lot of fun to play,deal,enjoy with it so has rating high to me and a masterpiece

lettuceman44
lettuceman44

This game is pretty good, but RE isn't my cup of tea.

Agulf
Agulf

I'd like to see something more unique though. Seems too much like RE 4. RE 4 redefined RE, and the third person shooter genre imo, especially with the new camera mode. But there has been a number of improvements and refinements to the genre since this game that they need to pick up on.

CHECKTHISTA
CHECKTHISTA

i hope the coop feature wioll be avable for ps3 too and there won't be such differences between the 2 versions, other wise... if the 360's better i'll get a 360 JUST for that game!

grambyte
grambyte

Chill run over my back thinking about how long I'll have to wait for this game. But at least I now know for sure it will be available for the 360.

skullflower
skullflower

My life will be complete... once I own this game.

swamptick
swamptick

It's a great time to be a gamer.

gamah_killah
gamah_killah

Reminds me of Dawn of the Dead because the zombies actually run

xRownan
xRownan

The co-op is going to be a fun feature for this game. I can't wait until march!

Notoriousism
Notoriousism

RE co-op mode, i've been waiting for this for a long time.

MajorBrian
MajorBrian

CANT WAIT!!! I want to kill some zombies!!!!

kappareign
kappareign

the new gameplay videos are intense... makes me wonder how chris will get out of that place alive

hector530
hector530

just saw the videos. looks like RE 4.5. nothing new about it. disappointed

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

This game is gonna be a blast..just gets better each time a preview is out on it

InfectX
InfectX

Co-op is a bad idea, but I don't care, this game looks so freaking awesome, even if only for the amazing graphics.

KingSigy
KingSigy

Co-op is the best thing being added. They could leave it the same as RE4 and I would pay $60 just for co-op. It's just so awesome.

canana
canana

It's going to be great.

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Co-Op sounds so friggin cool. Unfortunately that could make the game feel less scary.

Pete5506
Pete5506

The Co-Op is going to be way sweet

ocdog45
ocdog45

crack! i can't wait for this game.

club-sandwich
club-sandwich

what a disappointment! :cry: this was my most anticipated game ever! and now they're ruining it, I guess RE won't be the same ever again. :(

eddy96_1
eddy96_1

cant wait to find out more. ive never really played the resident evil games but this definetly looks like a must have from the footage ive seen today at the microsoft conference. Shotgun+Zombies=WIN

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

That was awesome!!!!! I wonder how it will work though as far as if a player is killed...hard to respawn after you've been decapitated...

hesel
hesel

I am glad they included a new co-op mode, should be good.

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

Although I'm not a huge fan of survival horror games, since Bioshock I've taken a more active interest and having seen the demo this game looks the business, this along with Left 4 Dead should sate my zombie thirst.

carstairs
carstairs

RE5's co-op looks interesting, I'll have to look into it.

dragon7x2k
dragon7x2k

Yeah, I would like offline co-op too

Zeromus1337
Zeromus1337

A bit dissappointed with no offline co-op, but online co-op sounds awesome.Cant wait till March.

Marksman2200
Marksman2200

Co-op might make or break the game in my opinion

5telio5
5telio5

Oh-My-GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (FOAMING!!!!!!)

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

It looks more promising than ever. Can't wait for it to come out.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

I figured it would be out next year. But that's alright. :) Looks great so far.

skullflower
skullflower

HELL.YES!! Abit disappointed that Resi 5 won't be out this year. But hey, Capcom can spend as much time on it as they want on it. To hone it to near perfection, just like they did with the 4th game. Can't wait!