Though Resident Evil 5 might not have been the runaway success that RE 4 was it certainly brought a few important new features to the table, including co-op. Using the series' new over-the-shoulder gunplay, cooperative play in Resident Evil 5 not only made scenarios more fun, it connected people.
And now, with Resident Evil 6 confirmed for the end of this year, many are wondering how Capcom will take that cooperative play to the next level — whether they will allow more players or if they will include new modes. There's still no official word from Capcom, but a product listing on Xbox.com seems to suggest that Capcom's latest Resident Evil will support up to 6 players for online co-op and up to 8 for competitive.
Now, as was said before, this news has no official confirmation from Capcom, but it seems like a logical step for the series given where it's gone before. Unfortunately, if this 6-player co-op is true, it seems more likely this would be in a cooperative, objective-based mode rather than throughout the entire story a la Gears of War 3.
From what we know so far, it appears that the three storylines in Resident Evil 6 will focus on individual duos of characters rather than a larger group, although the game's first trailer does show Chris storming a facility with combat team in tow. Either way, getting more players in on the Resident Evil fun is always a win in our book, and if Resident Evil 6 wants to make the player pool that much larger, we are all for it.
There's still plenty more to be revealed about Resident Evil 6 — like who is that bald and scarred character that occupies a lot of screen time in the trailer — before talk of cooperative or online play should even start, but as a tease this is a pretty good one.
What would you like to see out of Resident Evil 6 in terms of cooperative play? Do you think that a larger team in the main story would detract from the survival horror aspect?
Resident Evil 6 is slated for a November 20, 2012 release on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.