Resident Evil 4 Wii confirmed for summer

Capcom redesigns zombie action game's control scheme to work with Nintendo's motion-sensing controller; Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles confirmed for Wii.

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Like a rotting husk of an ex-person reanimated in a grotesque mockery of the laws of nature, Capcom's GameCube hit Resident Evil 4 takes its sweet time in getting places. GameSpot's Game of the Year for 2005 debuted in January of that year, and managed to make its way to the PlayStation 2 by late October. A PC port was announced in February of 2006, but it has yet to show its decaying face in North American retailers.

Now the resuscitation of the Resident Evil franchise has another destination on its journey, as Capcom today announced Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition, set for release this summer. The Wii version of the game will use the system's motion-sensing controller for functions like aiming and shooting, and Capcom promises all of Resident Evil 4's original gameplay systems have been kept intact in the conversion. It will also include all of the extra content added to the PlayStation 2 version of the game.

Eventually, the Wii will get its own installment in the Resident Evil series in the form of The Umbrella Chronicles, a new chapter in the series that revisits the settings of the first three games and the Resident Evil 0 prequel. Originally revealed as an unnamed project at E3 2006, The Umbrella Chronicles will also include new locations like the stronghold of the evil Umbrella corporation itself, and according to Capcom features "lightgun-style combat with interactive pathways." The Umbrella Chronicles does not yet have a release window.

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