The Resident Evil series is one of Capcom‘s chief franchises and can considered the go-to series when it comes to the survival horror genre. Whether you agree or disagree on the series’ current status from a quality standpoint, one can’t its brand power and guaranteed draw with buyers. One upcoming title in the series that has many fans’ attention is Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, set to feature the U.S. Special Forces in a war against Umbrella during the events of Resident Evil 2 and 3.

Operation Raccoon City made waves when it was discovered that it combines shooter elements with the story of Resident Evil 2 and 3. However, it didn’t make any sort of appearance at the Tokyo Game Show this year, leaving some fans confused and wondering if the company made another flub. The lack of a release date announced up to that point led some to think that the game was getting a delay.

Thankfully, Capcom put a kibosh on those rumors and stated that the game would be released sometime this winter. They promised that it was a definite lock for that season, but didn’t give any more details than that.

“This winter” could mean any time from December to next March, depending on who you ask. This could mean a release in time for Christmas despite a very overcrowded fall release schedule. A big-name title like Resident Evil with four-player co-op and the chance to alter the history of the Resident Evil storyline would be a big seller among the fans for the Christmas season.

At the same time, it may make more business sense to pull a Mass Effect 3/Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and take advantage of the less-crowded Q1 of 2012. Use that additional time to polish the game and add more features – gamers are very occupied for the next few months and will not mind.

When do you think would be a good time to release Operation Raccoon City?

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will arrive on the PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime this winter.

Source: Kotaku