Capcom reveals, a social network and accompanying smartphone app

Capcom at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, officially announced a companion website to the company’s upcoming zombie survival shooter Resident Evil 6. The website, which is only a placeholder site now, will act as a hub of information and gameplay sessions for Resident Evil 6 owners when the game releases this October. will host a number of features that are generally available for other games, such as Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, including online game statistics and news from the developer. Along with traditional leaderboards and a friends list, will feature social media notifications for your friends’ in-game achievements, social events for all players, and a secondary out-of-game currency that will unlock in-game items like costumes and digital figurines. And for the single-player campaign, the website will store any in-game documents found so that players can read them from a browser instead of directly in the game.

Resident Evil netEvents will showcase specific missions (as Epic did a few months ago with Infinity Blade II), where individual players can contribute to a collective mission and earn more points. The top earner will earn a championship badge, which then adds the player to a special leaderboard. Each event will enforce a time limit on the community, and all players contributing to the score will earn points to spend in the store.

Capcom is also developing a app for smartphones and tablets, which will include all of the same features as the website. While the website and app will both be free, users must own Resident Evil 6 and connect their game console to the Internet. For social media functions through Twitter and Facebook, players can select when and how notifications appear: on all devices, phones/tablets, social feeds, and/or in the game.

Resident Evil 6, along with, will release on October 2 on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

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