Resident Evil 5 coming to 360, PS3

Capcom's flagship survival horror series will infect both Microsoft and Sony's next-generation consoles.

Since January, GameCube owners have been the only American gamers able to enjoy Resident Evil 4. But while the best-selling, critically lionized title will arrive on US PlayStation 2s in the fall, it looked like Xbox owners would never be able to help Leon S. Kennedy slay the series' signature undead hordes.

However, today Capcom announced that Resident Evil 5 is coming to Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox 360, as well as Sony's PlayStation 3. The announcement came in the form of a press release on the English-language section of the Investor Relations part of Capcom's Japanese corporate Web site.

The news came as only a small surprise, as Capcom executives had declared their admiration for both Sony's and Microsoft's next-gen consoles when they were unveiled in mid-May. "Utilizing the PlayStation 3['s] and Xbox 360['s] unprecedented power, Resident Evil 5 promises to revolutionize the series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism, and control," read the release.

The announcement of an Xbox 360 Resident Evil 5 does mark an increasing change of heart for Capcom. Traditionally, the company has given Microsoft's current-generation console, the Xbox, only tepid support in the form of rereleases of older titles such as Genma Onimusha. However, that changed during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, with the unveiling of Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance and Final Fight: Streetwise, two top holiday titles that will ship on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 simultaneously.

Capcom's brief announcement did not mention a ship date for Resident Evil 5 for the Xbox 360, which is due in Q4 2005, or the PlayStation, which currently has a "spring 2006" launch window. American Capcom reps told GameSpot that they "do not have any further details at this time" on the announced versions or a potential version for Nintendo's Revolution, which was not mentioned in the release.

However, Nintendo fans shouldn't give up hope entirely. Resident Evil 4 spent nearly four years in development, meaning that Resident Evil 5 likely won't arrive before the Revolution's expected late 2006 launch. Given that the Revolution development kits went out in March, a version of the game could still be in development for the mystery-shrouded console.

While Capcom's release had little information on Resident Evil 5, the latest issue of Famitsu revealed many details about the game. It features an interview with the game's producer, Jun Takeuchi, best known as the producer of Genma Onimusha and Onimusha 3. He also worked on Resident Evil 1 and 2, handling character animation and directing the creation of gun models.

Images of Resident Evil 5 featured in the magazine shows that the series' setting has dramatically changed. Instead of the creepy dark atmosphere of previous installments, RE5 takes place in a hot and sandy desert city under a pounding sun. There are also scenes of unlit areas such as alleyways and buildings that sport the same shadowy atmosphere as previous installments.

The Famitsu images show an unshaven man in a short-sleeved shirt who appears to be the main character in Resident Evil 5. Armed with a handgun and knife belted to his shoulder, he is outnumbered and being chased by a mysterious group of enemies shown in silhouette.

Takeuchi commented that RE5's setting was inspired by the 2001 war movie Black Hawk Down, in which a crowd of angry Somalis swarm over an American helicopter after it crash-lands. Technically, the surviving soldiers have a lot of room to run inside the city, but they are quickly cornered by the massive crowd that comes after them. Takeuchi says that he hopes to achieve a similar kind of experience and "madness" in RE5.

When asked about the unshaven man, Takeuchi said that the core developers for RE5 include staff members that worked on RE1, hinting that it might possibly be Chris Redfield from the original Resident Evil. Takeuchi also revealed that RE5 will be an authentic sequel to the series' main storyline rather than a side story. He added that if the main character is indeed Chris, the developers might be preparing to create some kind of a conclusion to the series' long storyline.

In terms of the mysterious enemies, Takeuchi commented that they are displayed in shadows because they will feature new elements that can't be disclosed yet. However, he hinted that the talking enemies in Resident Evil 4 were something he hopes to expand on in RE5.

As expected, Resident Evil 5 will take advantage of the PS3's and Xbox 360's high-definition graphics. Takeuchi said that one of the main goals of RE5's development was to use said graphics to deliver a tangible "atmosphere" to the game, to the point where the player can almost feel the hot air of the desert.

When asked about how RE5 will actually play, Takeuchi said that he hopes to bring back RE4's gameplay in RE5. He commented that Resident Evil 4 caused a lot of excitement at Capcom, since director Shinji Mikami had successfully made major changes while still keeping the essence of the series intact.

When Takeuchi was asked about the game's release, he avoided giving a straight answer, only stating jokingly that it will come out "before the launch of PlayStation 4." Later, Takeuchi explained that projects for next-generation consoles will easily spend three to five years in development and that work on RE5 is expected to take a bit of time, since it's currently Capcom's main focus.

Capcom may exhibit a one- to two-minute high-definition trailer of Resident Evil 5 at the Tokyo Game Show, which is where the images of the game in Famitsu were taken from.

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Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

Funny now how I read "when Takeuchi was asked about the game's release, he avoided giving a straight answer". Funny indeed. Imagine the faces of people back in 2005 when they realize they've been hyped for a game due over 4 years later.

grahamx
grahamx

centaur9:"traitors! capcom and resident evil going over to xbox and sony? traitors! i no theyre a third party, but to me resident evil is a nintendo game. and although im perfectly happy to share the love, to completely ignore nintendo altogether... how could u, capcom!" Stupid, stupid statement. Resident Evil 1, 2, and 3 all originally came out for ps1. Resident Evil Zero (and Gaiden) are the only nintendo exclusive RE games (Not counting RE Remake, since it is a remake of the original.) it was never, ever a nintendo specific franchise

centaur9
centaur9

traitors! capcom and resident evil going over to xbox and sony? traitors! i no theyre a third party, but to me resident evil is a nintendo game. and although im perfectly happy to share the love, to completely ignore nintendo altogether... how could u, capcom!

bamfer3
bamfer3

gah! how much longer???

Ninjak
Ninjak

will be adding this to my library of xbox360 games!!!! good move capcom!!!

YieldToast
YieldToast

Looks good but waiting til 2009......Not proper Zombies anymore either :( And how is this racist ? :S

22GHOST22
22GHOST22

I will bet any money that this will be100 times better than RE4 and one of the best games ever.But the wait until 2009 sucks.

AbyssD
AbyssD

why on 360 dam it guys cmon u start with sony finish it dont do somthing stupid like devil may cry 4 for 360 Devil May Cry i just cant belive i hove no words to say juts so stupid BIG BIG BIG disappointment on capcom :(:::::::::::::::::::::::::

v8nnwilder
v8nnwilder

This game will go down as one of the best games of all time I just know that for sure... Just a pity we have to wait till 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But it'll be worth the wait......

doom15490
doom15490

hurry! hurry ! HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

masterplayer
masterplayer

God I can't wait man I want RE5 so badly right now

smur714
smur714

I can't wait till it comes out, but people say it's coming out 2009

shaun_mcwayne
shaun_mcwayne

if res evil 5 stays close to the gameplay of 4 and keeps in the chainsaw guy, i still crap myself when i hear that chainsaw starting up lol, and with the processing power of next gen, this game will blow everyone away, i think they have been delaying the release for ages now probably to coincide with the new res evil movie coming out, so they can promote each other

PRotypeTR
PRotypeTR

Why Capcom.. Why you won't release this for PC? So anyone do you you know anything about RE5 in PC? May Ubisoft do this?

Ilikewii
Ilikewii

Ya, I don't think that guy is chris or billy, it actually looks kinda like Barry.

Ilikewii
Ilikewii

I think it stupid that they don't make it for the wii too. People need to get over themselves, the wii could have just as good graphics. Not to mention, If capcom made it for the Wii too, the controls could be amazing if they did a good job of it. Anyways, looks like an amazing game.

GR33DY83
GR33DY83

WOW NEVER PLAYED ANY RESIDENT EVIL GAMES BEFORE, BUT THIS WILLL DEF BE A PLUS ON THE PS3

Gordfacekiller
Gordfacekiller

Can't Wait for this Game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gordfacekiller
Gordfacekiller

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tiffere128
tiffere128

I can't wait for RE:5 to come out now it is going to be amazing especially if they made it better than RE:4 which was awesome best game of the year it was made an other years by miles!! Even though the zombie storyline had gone i still thought it was truly amazing game as it was just.. Amazing!! lmao :D

Dadriverman
Dadriverman

How can this be placed number 1 on hot games list when it's not due to come out until 2009? I heard this on g4's aots program.

NDegree
NDegree

Chris Redfield is back AWESOME. What about Jill Valentine I heard that Claire Redfield & Rebecca Chambers also coming back & I don't think that Resident Evil 4 is a side story because as I remember in the end of RE4 Leon finds a paper something about plan B. Then answer me Takeuchi what was that?

Kyotin
Kyotin

I bet that capcom gets sick pleasure from watching people wait in agony for this game Twisted ****s

braa_ksma
braa_ksma

Homfg. is it just me, or it this game taking WAAAY too long for updates? I'm almost contemplating whether or not it's even going to be released.

-SirHumpalot-
-SirHumpalot-

Poodish Player, I agree with that the graphics would look best on a 360 or PS3, but I can't agree with you about the Wii Gameplay. Resident Evil 4's gameplay on the Wii is pretty damn good, and if Resident Evil 5 ever comes out on the Wii, I'm sure the controls and gameplay would be great.

Big-Rick
Big-Rick

Heck no it would come out before PS4 O_o?

r3351925
r3351925

haha u console ppl. pc rules.

ironman7412
ironman7412

YiPEEEEE! I thought itll be only for PS3.I swear to GamerLord ill play it forever and Army of 2 and Assasins Creed

Poodishplayer
Poodishplayer

?? Killerabc... Xbox should get this. Nintendo has every one of the main games from the series, which you call PS exclusive. Wake up call: Resident Evil is not a Playstation Exclusive! Also... Asmuch as I love the Wii, this game better not come out on it. The other two stations are superior in graphics. And this game had better look freakin great. Plus... the wii remote wouldn't work well with RE.

Killerabc
Killerabc

OMFG why does xbox get all of our exclusive tittles fu#$% bs man

jared9
jared9

RE4 Was A Good Freaking Game If This One Is Better That Will Be Awesome!!!!! I Can't Wait For This Game.

Willy105
Willy105

So RE5 might come out at the end of PS3's lifetime (2009)? What will come first? The Wii one or this one?

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Better than RE 4? That's pretty difficult.

danielgriswold
danielgriswold

This looks good. Yes. Will it be better than 4 for gamecube.