New footage of the upcoming Resident Evil multiplayer spin-off Umbrella Corps reveals a map based on Raccoon City and the police department from Resident Evil 2.
Capcom must realize that Resident Evil fans hold Resident Evil 2 in high regard. After all, Capcom has finally decided to move forward with a Resident Evil 2 remake after years of fan demand and petitions, and it’s also paying homage to RE2 in the upcoming Umbrella Corps by including a map that is directly inspired by the second game in the series.
Umbrella Corps, which is a multiplayer shooter Resident Evil spin-off, will include a map based on Resident Evil 2‘s version of Raccoon City. The map takes place in the streets right outside the Raccoon City Police Department, which is a key location in Resident Evil 2‘s story. It’s unclear if players will have the opportunity to actually battle inside the police station proper, however.
This new map has been revealed thanks to some hands-on footage of the game recorded by online publication Eurogamer. The hands-on session, which can be seen in the video below, also includes another look at the Resident Evil 5-inspired map in Umbrella Corps. With the Resident Evil 5, 2, and 4 maps revealed for the game so far, it will be interesting to see if other Resident Evil games are represented in the final product as well.
The Eurogamer video also includes a look at Multi-Mission Mode in Umbrella Corps. Multi-Mission Mode was revealed for the game a few months back, and consists of players engaging in multiple rounds of competitive gameplay, with the match type being switched up from one round to the next. It joins the other previously announced competitive modes, as well as the single player horde mode called “The Experiment.”
One has to wonder if Umbrella Corps was delayed in order for Capcom to incorporate these additional game modes and maps based on classic Resident Evil titles. With Umbrella Corps still a month or so away from release, it will be interesting to see if Capcom has any other reveals in store for the game, such as more game modes or maps based on important locations from previous games in the franchise.
Regardless, it remains to be seen if the inclusion of classic maps will reverse public opinion on the game. For the most part, it seems as though fans are not responding well to Umbrella Corps, with Eurogamer’s hands-on footage bombarded with “dislikes” on YouTube. Fans may think that Capcom is wasting its resources by creating a shooter spin-off of the franchise, and would rather see the company return Resident Evil to its survival-horror roots. We’ll find out next month if Capcom’s interesting Resident Evil experiment pays off, or if fans ultimately reject Umbrella Corps.
Umbrella Corps will be available on June 21st for PC and PlayStation 4.