The newest Resident Evil title, long rumored to be a remake of Resident Evil 3, has instead been revealed as Project Resistance - a 4v1 asymmetric multiplayer title where four survivors must work together to defeat a Mastermind, who commands an army of monsters and uses traps to take out the survivors in something called Project Resistance.
The fan reaction to Project Resistance announcement hasn't entirely gone down well of the series, with some calling it a Dead by Daylight knock-off. However, the game looks like it's trying to cater to those very same fans by offering a separate mode.
Project Resistance's producer, Masachika Kawata, stated in a recent interview that an offline mode with more of a narrative focus is being made in order to satisfy old-school Resident Evil fans. While details are incredibly scarce, it's possible that this mode could have more to do with Mr. X, who was featured in the trailer and could potentially be taking a main antagonist role. However, it very much seems like Kawata and his team are more focused on creating a fresh new title with the IP.
"When making the Resident Evil games, we thought about the joy we get from placing zombies in a level and seeing how that placement could scare players.
Making players scared with a great game is always enjoyable for us and we wanted the players to have the same experience as us by giving them the chance to add zombies or traps to levels. That idea is what started Project Resistance.
By combining the co-op experience that forces players to face traps in a team-oriented environment and sprinkling in the Resident Evil elements/atmosphere, we thought we could create an interesting game experience."
This sentiment very much echoes that of Capcom producer Matt Walker who responded to the Project Resistance criticism, stating that doing the same thing over and over would make people lose interest, and that the title will still remain true to the "core spirit of the IP." Kawata also confirmed that the game was not a remake of Resident Evil Outbreak (a similar co-op game released in 2003), citing the Mastermind as the big difference.
"To put it simply, the Mastermind works for Umbrella Corps to kidnap citizens. These human test subjects are forced to face zombies for research on how to develop viruses."
In the meantime, fans hankering for a more traditional Resident Evil-like game can check out Daymare: 1998, which is available on PC and was created by an indie studio that originally tried to remake Resident Evil 2 in 2015, but were hit with a cease-and-desist from Capcom.
Project Resistance is currently in development for unspecified platforms and has no release date.
Source: PlayStation LifeStyle