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Capcom has revealed a new multiplayer mode for its upcoming non-canonical spin-off to the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. In the four-versus-four online “Heroes Mode,” players will take control of classic good guys (and gals) such as Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, and Jill Valentine to fight against the other team, consisting of villains such as Hunk and Ada Wong. Sadly, there has been no mention of Tofu, or which side he will take if and when he is included in the game.
To make things more interesting, players will not only have to deal with the opposing team, but also the AI-controlled zombies and weaponized mutants roaming the streets of Raccoon City. As hinted at in the trailer, each character has unique abilities, and the chance to have all of the iconic Resident Evil faces together in the same game is sure to be a hallmark moment for fans of the series.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City takes place in an alternative fiction within the Resident Evil universe, allowing players to take control of an Umbrella Special Services (USS) squad. The USS squad’s objective is to eliminate any survivors and evidence of the T-virus outbreak which could incriminate Umbrella Corporation. Occurring during the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, the third-person shooter will allow players to kill off main hero characters, creating an intriguing “What if?” scenario.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City releases for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 20 in North America. A PC version is planned to release at a later date.