Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition to be DLC in West

Extended version of Capcom's best-selling survival horror shooter coming to North America, Europe through Xbox Live, PSN this spring.

Capcom's Resident Evil 5 spread like a raging zombie epidemic upon its launch for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March, selling more than 5 million units by June. (A PC edition was released in September.) Building on that success, Capcom announced Resident Evil 5: The Alternative Edition at September's Tokyo Game Show for Japan. The boxed product includes all-new content, as well as support for Sony's upcoming camera-based motion controller.

A zombie invasion doesn't end once the game's been beaten…

This week, Capcom revealed that RE5: The Alternative Edition will also be coming to North America and Europe this spring, albeit in a different form. After surveying a portion of the Capcom community, the publisher opted to deliver The Alternative Edition as downloadable content through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. (No mention was made of the PC edition of the game.)

When Capcom announced RE5: The Alternative Edition earlier this year, the publisher said that the PS3 version would support Sony's all-new motion controller, which will also launch this spring. Capcom's North American arm did not indicate whether these controls would also be available in the Western edition, nor did the publisher mention support for Microsoft's Project Natal. Capcom had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Another big change is the addition of a new episode featuring returning franchise heroes Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine. The episode will be based on the flashback scene from the original RE5, where the two characters infiltrate the Spencer estate in Europe.

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127 comments
Brassywall
Brassywall

Send more RE5 expansions! Brains! Can't get enough.

alinosqurrl
alinosqurrl

versus was a really stupid idea but i will get the expansion most likely. love these games even though re5 fell hard and short of my expectations

iets2
iets2

share the versus mode whit me please

Will1590
Will1590

No more plzz! just like gamer08 said.. i want the REAL resident evil.. SURVIVAL HORROR!! I love RE5 and 4 but i want the original style that made me love it in the first place. like no gun shops. when you're out of ammo you're SOL or "you want this gun? go ahead..find it yourself."

SWM1983
SWM1983

um basically it's the fourth story line from REUC for the wii, if I'm looking at this correctly, at least it's in traditional form, not a rail shooter

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

"Alternative Edition?"...."Super Street Fighter?"...Capcom needs to hire someone to make the names of these expansion lol )-P

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

bah more money...... should be free!.

gamer082009
gamer082009

"Jill, you were almost a jiffle sandwhich" Sorry, I had a flashback! I think this is a good idea, but it seems like it'll be over all to soon. I wish they'd do another remake of RE2 or maybe Nemesis using the technology of RE5. But I'll be getting this DLC content since it's something more than adding a time trial mode...Capcom ftw

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

Wesker can eat lead! I like Jill she has mad headshots in versus.

kmaster78
kmaster78

I can't wait for the Alternate Edition to be released, it will be great! :)

kmaster78
kmaster78

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papavicio
papavicio

i enjoyed RE4 on wii a lot due to motion control would love to see re5 with the ps3 Motion control i would buy it ,if only previous games like call of duty mw,mw2,resistance killzone supported it

Onikuri
Onikuri

I was hoping that it would be download content rather than a standalone disc. Thanks Capcom, for listening to the fans. I for one will get this even if you have to pay which we most probably will. I mean, we had to pay for the Versus pack, so we'll most probably have to pay for this.

Fz1994
Fz1994

is it free? probably not.... thats bothers me

shinspikes
shinspikes

OMG. They listened. They actually listened to the fans. We didn't want to pay for a whole new game, cause that would be rippin us off, so they are givin us the game in dlc. Just like we wanted. I bet us US, was the most vocal. I know because the codin doesn't allow it, but I hope they learned somethin for Ssf4.

JetLag123
JetLag123

Im excited that its dlc. any clue if there are more levels for mercenaries?

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@JOKER677 At least it's offered via downloadable content unlike Capcom making us buy an all new disc. You gotta give 'em props for that! @Waldkrieger Most Japanese developers do this actually. Since the PS2 days they almost always re-release the game with more content with a price reduction. I'm talking almost all Japanese games man. If the game is popular enough it comes to us, like this, SF4 and all those Koei games.

JOKER677
JOKER677

so Capcoms going to start releasing games and then second editions with more content?(ie street fight 4 now this)

jtuds
jtuds

I want PS3 and 360 remakes of RE 1 and 2....those were by far the best RE games.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

How about just calling it a DLC name, and not Resident Evil Alternative? That name is completely horrible. Also, CAPCOM seem to try and milk every game they have with DLC, then a year later release a new version of it. They are doing the same thing with SF4. Its rather annoying and ridiculous. Wouldn't is just be simpler to make ONE great game and version, then wait at least 6 months to release DLC and keep it at that? I guess the George Lucas syndrome has infected everyone now. I will add, there better be new achievements, and it better not be a ridiculous price.

micro19
micro19

RE 4 is the best so far i played. 5 is also nice, well have to wait and see how this edition looks like

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

@ cajunstrike "Again, not certain why this could not be achieved with the forthcoming Super Street Fighter IV content." This has already been covered in so many articles and previews in just about every site and magazine, but the main reason why is because the gameplay refinements they wanted to do with the game's balancing system could not be possible with the game's original coding. To achieve what they wanted, they had to rebuild the whole game from the ground up. Hence why they are releasing it as Super Street Fighter IV.

TheRandom6
TheRandom6

Alternative Edition? Thats the best name they came up with...Oh well as long as it is good i aint complaining.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. Good decision to release the Alternative Edition content as DLC. Again, not certain why this could not be achieved with the forthcoming Super Street Fighter IV content.

mystwade
mystwade

need...i need to know when!!!!

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

at least that means we won't have to buy another copy of the game in order to get a few extra levels (I'm looking at you, Star wars force unleashed)

Andrewmcq
Andrewmcq

I just wish Capcom would release a RE like RE1 or 2 or Code Veronica. Modern day RE's are absolutely crap.

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

I hope this means I won't have to spend $60 on an expansion.

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

sweet! good milking job there CApCOM i knew it im gonna get milked!!

DAKYON
DAKYON

now i will buy RE5

Trogeton
Trogeton

yeah really I'm with GodsPoison.. RE kinda died after Resident Evil 4 .. not to mention RE 5 didn't change hardly at all... I played it a for a pinch of time and got bored NOW no one plays it

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

No thanks, im quite done with RE, unless they take it back to its roots and it become scary again. In the meantime im still waiting on an official release for Lost Planet 2.

1uP_OnYou
1uP_OnYou

How much Capcom? If it's more then 10 dollars no thanks! I already own the game and would just like the extra episode as d/l. I don't need the entire game again.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Personally, I would have prefered a hard copy of it. Oh well, I'll still end up getting it.

Superzone
Superzone

Awesome! I already own RE5 and played the crap out of it, so I wasn't planning on buying the whole game again, but now I can just have the extra stuff! Life is sweet.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

@ squidracerX If that's the only new thing, then I'm not buying it. I was expecting more content since it is also being released for the 360 and since Natal hasn't come out yet, I doubt the 360 version will feature motion controls. I'll try to stay tuned to see what more announcements are made regarding to this game.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

come on capcom. i love your games. but... really. super street fighter 4. and the multyplayer add on for re5 days after the games release. Now we have what? super turbo mega RE5 edition. so it going to be an add on. doesn't sound like it. Will our weapons and unlocks transfer. i doubt it. I beat the re5 like 10 times. I don't really feel like doing it AGAIN just to see one new episode that is going to cost probably 30 bucks or more.

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

@squidracerX thank you for your info :)

squidracerX
squidracerX

@kittyheart @darkman159 I take back what i said! I decided since this article is so badly worded to go look at other websites, it IS a full retail box in Japan, but in the USA it WILL be just DLC!! i am stupified and corrected! Why they did this for RE5 but not for Street Fighter 4 is beyond me!? But they say this will make you not sell your copy of RE5 back. I guess that's not as big a problem in Japan. S oi was wrong, it IS DLC. Will it be that way for motion control if they release it here? Who knows, but the extra level will be bought separate! Again if you don't have the game yet Im sure its 100% full download... but if you have it you're lucky :)

squidracerX
squidracerX

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freek33
freek33

@ Simulator_Shock, I grew up playing all the RE games (most of which are great) and still think 4 is the best. Does the fact i have a different opinion than you make me a noob? don't think it does does it.

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

Better add something else... I mean I may just rent the game for that "extra content". No point buying a whole game again just for a small chapter.

squidracerX
squidracerX

@ForsakenWicked what are the new features? how did you miss the whole article!? MOTION CONTROL!!!!! It is a major release for the new Sony control, and perhaps microsoft's as well (not announced though). This is like RE4 for the Wii that everyone loved so much, the ONLY thing new in that was motion control. So its a pretty big edition, plus that new chapter.

squidracerX
squidracerX

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