Dead Rising 3 has been rumored to be in production for some time now, but the E3 2013 crowd was still happily surprised as developers Capcom reeled up the curtain on the previously secretive project. Set for the first time in an open-world environment, Dead Rising 3 was announced to be an exclusive Xbox One title which will launch later this year.

Instead of bringing back Chuck Greene this time around, Capcom has opted to introduce in a new main character for Dead Rising 3. The new protagonist is an auto mechanic named Nick Ramos who lives in the zombie-plagued fictional city of Los Perdidos. With the entire city overrun by the undead, it’s set to be completely firebombed in 6 days – leaving Nick that amount of time to escape the city limits. The game is reportedly set ten years after the events of Dead Rising 2, indicating that despite having known the threat, humans found a way to continue being overrun.

Dead Rising 3 is a completely open-world game, allowing players to explore freely in an environment which is supposedly as detailed as it was from the previous titles. Driving cars is once again possible, though zombies will cling to your vehicles and attempt to pull players out of the driver’s seat. Though gamers will run the risk of attracting zombies with engine sounds, driving will be an integral part of the plot as Nick fights to escape the city through massive hordes of the undead. Despite the large size of the world map, Capcom has boasted that there will be no load times as Nick traverses different regions of the city.

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For the first time in the series, weapons can be combined whilst mobile. During the Xbox E3 briefing, Ramos was shown taping a flashlight to a pistol for a tactical advantage, followed by a much more crowd-pleasing sledgehammer and saw combination later on. As is staple in the series, almost anything the player finds can be utilized as a weapon.

Continuing with the theme of promoting SmartGlass wherever possible, this Xbox One exclusive also lets players play from their phones. To integrate it into the story, Nick Ramos supposedly finds a military phone (a player’s SmartGlass-enabled phone), which he soon realizes can call in airstrikes. While it isn’t confirmed if it can do anything else, an airstrike seems like a powerful tool for gamers to have in their arsenals at all times.

As previously stated, the game is set to be a launch title for the upcoming Xbox One console, alongside games like Forza 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Kinect Sports Rivals. Those who pre-order the game will get Frank West and Chuck Greene tribute packs which grant bonus attributes in-game.

What do you think, Ranters? Are you excited for the third Dead Rising?

Dead Rising 3 is an Xbox One exclusive and will shamble onto shelves in November this year.

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