Indie developers may have been dominating the survival horror genre lately, but Capcom is getting ready to bring back the spirit of the original Resident Evil games in upcoming chapter Resident Evil: Revelations 2. A followup to the co-op title that was originally released on Nintendo 3DS before its eventual PC and console port, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is skipping over Nintendo's platforms and heading straight to PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One next year.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will see the return of Claire Redfield as the main playable protagonist, with Barry Burton's daughter, Moira Burton, also playable in co-op mode. The game begins with Claire and Moira getting abducted and taken to an abandoned island detention facility, with a population of zombies that includes a new enemy type - the Afflicted - that are stronger, faster and deadlier than the rest.
Capcom has now released the first full trailer for Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which shows Claire and Moira's abduction without giving away too much about the game's plot. After she wakes up, Claire is shown wearing one of the bracelets that was seen in the concept teaser for Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which turn red after a person has been infected with the t-Virus.
The detention facility, from what's shown in this trailer, seems to fit in very neatly with the current trend of survival horror settings in games like Dead Space, Outlast, Silent Hill: Downpour and upcoming release The Evil Within. If anything, the fact that it looks so similar to those games could end up being a detriment to Resident Evil: Revelations 2; obviously these kind of grimy, abandoned industrial/institutional environments have a lot of scary mileage, but we're getting to a point now where they're a little overdone.
Aside from that, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 looks like it will be a step in the right direction for fans who were put off by the action-heavy nature of the more recent Resident Evil games. Here's to the simple pleasure of creeping down a corridor with no ammo or health left, waiting for the next zombie to appear around a corner.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2015.