'Resident Evil: Project Resistance' Is Survival Horror At Heart, Capcom Says
Survival horror fans will no doubt already be well aware that Capcom recently unveiled a brand new Resident Evil game at the Tokyo Game Show, but it's a largely different beast to that of the "core" titles. Instead of a single-player adventure in the vein of Resident Evil 7 or Resident Evil 2 Remake, Project Resistance is a five-player online multiplayer experience in which four survivors team up against the fifth player, who takes on the role of a mysterious Mastermind.
This Mastermind is able to manipulate the environment the survivors find themselves in by setting traps and releasing monsters such as zombies, Lickers, and even the terrifying Mr X/Tyrant. The Mastermind will be able to take control of these monsters in an effort to wipe out the four survivors, who need to work together to solve puzzles and hold off the monsters so that they can make it to the exit before time runs out.
While it sounds like a pretty solid idea for a Resident Evil spinoff, fan reaction hasn't been universally kind, as is so often the case when a developer announces a new approach to a familiar franchise. Plenty of fans are upset that the reveal ended up being for a spinoff and not for Resident Evil 8 or the long-rumoured Resident Evil 3 Remake, while others have pointed out that Capcom's previous attempts at multiplayer Resident Evil games have, by and large, been a bit crap.
Regardless of these criticisms, Capcom Producer Matt Walker believes that Project Resistance is a strong concept with plenty of potential, and argued on Twitter that Capcom can't simply rely on recycling old ideas if it wants to stay relevant - although the sales numbers of Resident Evil 2 Remake would suggest differently.
"Been seeing a lot of people who are not pleased with the idea that we're making Project Resistance. It's totally valid that people want more of that quality core experience offered in RE2 and RE7," Walker wrote. "My take: we as a company need to continue to branch out and try to offer up new gameplay in addition to refining the experiences people expect from us. If we just continue to offer up the same thing over and over again, people will gradually lose interest with what we're making. Project Resistance offers up a really interesting way to do that."
Been seeing a lot of people who are not pleased with the idea that we're making Project Resistance. It's totally valid that people want more of that quality core experience offered in RE2 and RE7. My take- we as a company need to continue to branch out and try to offer up new- Matt Walker (@retroOtoko) September 12, 2019
Walker was also keen to stress that, despite the fact the game is multiplayer, it's still very much a survival horror at its core. He wrote that Project Resistance is "a great survival horror experience, if non-traditional," and added that the spinoff does stay true to the core spirit of the IP - something he acknowledged not every spinoff necessarily does.
If you're still skeptical, it won't be long till you're able to try Project Resistance for yourself. There'll be a closed beta next month that runs from October 4 to October 7 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and you can sign up for it right here - just be aware that today is the last day you can do so, so look alive.
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