Ever since the debut of Resident Evil 4, the RE franchise has had a renewed sense of vigor and Capcom has maintained a steady string of releases. Not only are they keeping up the numbered sequels, but they are testing the waters with several offshoots of the main series.

Capcom released Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D last month and has plans to launch another title, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City later this year. Both of these games are a step away from the traditional RE games and we have some footage from the upcoming Operation Raccoon City that shows it in action.

Up until now, there hasn’t been much gameplay footage from Operation Raccoon City, but we do know some details. The game is developed by Slant Six Games and is a straight up third-person shooter that puts the player in the role of either a United States Spec force member or Umbrella Security Service agent.

Instead of fighting the Umbrella Corporation as usual, Umbrella Security Service members will use their skills to cover up all of the organization’s illegal activities. Think of it as a PR campaign with guns.

In both the single player and competitive modes, the game centers on the two rival factions duking it out, along with zombies and bio-organic weapons as a third force out to kill everybody. Operation Raccoon City supports 4-player co-op online (no splitscreen) and incorporates bots as allies during single player campaign missions.

To get a better idea of what the game offers, check out the video below. The footage comes from an E3 build of the game running on a PS3, so it may not be completely representative of the final product:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wHMWfqBYaA

Some gamers might dig it, but I have a strong suspicion that fans of the Resident Evil series will feel let down by this footage. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is a far cry from what the series was built upon, already seeming like the horror aspects and slow pacing have been thrown out in favor of a generic looking, adrenaline-fueled zombie shooter.

If that turns out to be the case, gamers wishing for a traditional Resident Evil experience will have to wait for Revelations or Resident Evil 6.

What are your thoughts on Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City?

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City does not have an official release date, but will likely launch in late 2011 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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