Takeuchi talks Resident Evil 5

Main character of Capcom's project still unidentified. Next-gen hardware means real physics, meticulous detail, 60 frames per second, and nonlinear gameplay.

In an interview published in the latest issue of Famitsu Xbox, Capcom producer Jun Takeuchi revealed new information regarding Resident Evil 5. The game is currently in development for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360, and does not yet have a release date.

Takeuchi began by emphasizing the level of detail that his staff has put into the development of RE5's trailer, which was shown at Sony's PlayStation meeting and Microsoft's Xbox Summit in Japan. The trailer depicts a lone man exploring a desert city, and a silhouetted group of assailants, presumably zombies (although much more fleet-footed than past Resident Evil games), bearing down on the character.

Takeuchi stated that his team worked especially hard on the character's face. He said that each strand of hair of the man's beard was made out of actual polygons. The development team went as far as to actually create the muscles in the man's face, which resulted in natural-looking movement of his skin and realistic facial expressions. The developers apparently also painstakingly detailed areas of the character that aren't normally seen, such as models for each of the man's teeth. However, Takeuchi said he was unsure if the actual game will be able to feature that much detail.

While the appearance of the mystery character may be incredibly detailed, his actual identity is not. Many speculate that the character is Chris Redfield, the hero from the original Resident Evil. Takeuchi avoided revealing the character's identity, but did mention that the core developers of RE5 include members of the original RE team, and that the character is someone that the developers are fond of.

When told that the unshaven man looked a bit too old to be Mr. Redfield, Takeuchi said that the Resident Evil timeline has continued on, and the hardware capabilities of the next-generation consoles are finally allowing characters to look as old as they're supposed to. According to Takeuchi, his staff hasn't accurately represented the age of characters in previous games due to the limited performance of the platforms.

Takeuchi confirmed that that RE5 will be an authentic sequel to the series' main plot rather than a side story (as Resident Evil 4 was), and the developers are considering some kind of a conclusion to the franchise's storyline. When asked if the game will also feature some closure between Chris and Wesker's fiasco, Takeuchi said that Resident Evil 5's production is still in its early stages, so many of the details in the game are still up in the air.

As expected, Resident Evil 5 will take advantage of the PS3's and Xbox 360's high-definition graphics. Takeuchi hopes to use real-world physics in the game so objects will react realistically when the player shoots them. Takeuchi said he is considering adopting third-party middleware for its physics engine, such as Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3.

The gameplay of RE5 should be similar to Resident Evil 4, which adopted an over-the-shoulder third-person camera. According to Takeuchi, Resident Evil 4 stirred a lot of excitement at Capcom, since director Shinji Mikami had successfully made major changes while still keeping the essence of the series intact. Takeuchi also said that he plans to run the game at 60fps, which is double the frame rate of previous installments in the series.

Takeuchi commented that he recently played "Half-Life 2," and he was impressed by how the game's storyline progressed without the need for the player to raise any conditional flags in the game. While he didn't say that he'll take an identical approach, he did say that RE5 is a "next-generation game" and should reflect that in its gameplay. In addition, Takeuchi emphasized he doesn't want RE5 to be too linear, where all that the user does is clear a stage, watch a cutscene, and then follow instructions to go to the next stage.

When asked about its release date, Takeuchi explained that next-gen projects easily spend three to five years in development. He added the title is Capcom's current priority. He added that additional information on RE5 wouldn't be released until next year. Gamers can get a glimpse of the work in progress by watching the game's high-definition trailer at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show.

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24 comments
ranjeet_murba
ranjeet_murba

hope it is gud as it sounds. im a ultimate fan of the series n devil may cry. capcom deos a gud job

DoobiousOne
DoobiousOne

What a @#!$%&* joke! We all need to move on and forget about this game. This game will not see the light of day until the next generation of consoles come out. I'm sick and tired of Capcom execs jerking my chain about RE5. Capcom won't even have any more news until 2009. Resident Evil 5 is dead to me.

nooraiden
nooraiden

RE is RE, whether on PS3 or XBOX360 or other platform ...I'll buy the game even if I have to buy a car with it.....I have played all the series and i cant wait until the game is released .....and I wait for the real appearance of ALBERT WESKER ...I like this guy although he causes alot of troubles in the game...but in the end RE without troubles is nonsense....Hehe.

nickyiscool
nickyiscool

gawd stop talking about this game for teh wii damn at least the wii is getting resident evil umbrella cronicles....stop whining

d_man397
d_man397

Its placed some where in africa and Chris is the main guy and Sherri is the girl in the endding i think or herd.

KagimusMaximus
KagimusMaximus

I could really give a **** less about graphics, this'd be awesome on Wii!! And those RE4 graphics look amazingly close to all of the "Next-Gen" graphics I've seen so far....

Barry_RE
Barry_RE

Oh! Man I love CAPCOM! They are the BEST!!!!

tjoqahontz
tjoqahontz

lol this on the wii, HAHA, it wholud look um...gamecube graphics lol,that little thing can have as nice graphics as 360 an ps3.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

It would contrl well on the Wii like RE4 did, but the graphics would look retarded all dumbed down... RE4 on teh wii is great on the other hand.

pocky_queen
pocky_queen

*sigh* I'm dissapointed that it won't be on the Wii, but at the same time I couldn't possibly fathom the controls. Right now, I don't care if it's ever created, I just want to know who the main f$%&ing character is! Ok, that's not true, there's a noose hanging in my room, ready to be put to use if this thing isn't out in a year and a half.

JungleBunny480
JungleBunny480

I cant believe all you kids cry about RE being on other systems.its Resident Evil, I would own it on any system period.Stop being ignorant fanboys.

TrUe_GaMer108
TrUe_GaMer108

Does it really matter what system the game is on, of course i own a 360, but a game is a game so im getting it for the xbox, since there aren't too many good game on it anyway. Wait a minute, killerkevin2006 you said it should be for the wii, does the wii even have enough poweer to even establish this type of games with the graphics it has, come on now, dont be serious. Anyway i heard that the wii has its own resident evil coming out.

KillerKevin2006
KillerKevin2006

This should only for Playstation 3 and the Wii. There was not a Resident Evil game on the Xbox.

A-TEX
A-TEX

RE4 was amazing! I almost want to buy a 360 just to own this game (I'd never pay the cash for a PS3). But I support the Wii, so maybe an all new RE will come out for that.

ryan1182
ryan1182

Dont know dont care i just want it lol.

Pengweed
Pengweed

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tjharwin
tjharwin

If its not on Wii, Im not interested!

felicia26
felicia26

ive been a big fan of RE for ove 10 years,and cannot wait until it comes out,it looks awesome,very life like,hurry up....

Ocram_Zepol
Ocram_Zepol

This is awesome. I can't wait till this come's out. And i'm kinda happy nintendo didn't get RE since RE was an original PS title (I think?) but now the 360's getting it. I don't even know if a RE game has been on the 360 before. Heh well anyway, I hope this game is as awesome as it sounds/ looks.

BLITZ_BALL_KING
BLITZ_BALL_KING

what new weapons will there be? and will any from resident evil 4 be in there?