Resident Evil's Project Resistance Is Looking Like Outbreak 3

TJ Denzer,

September 9, 2019 8:44 AM

It's been a while since we've seen a proficient multiplayer game in the Resident Evil series, but Project Resistance looks like it may scratch that Outbreak itch.

Resident Evil Outbreak was an interesting experiment in the Resident Evil series. Back at a time when Resident Evil was entirely a solo experience and online console gaming was in its infancy, Capcom took a chance on crafting a survival horror experience that brought the citizens of Raccoon City together to fight desperately for their lives and escape together or die trying. It’s been years since Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 was released in 2004, but the newly announced Resident Evil Project Resistance is putting out a lot of vibes that have us thinking of it as Outbreak 3.

Project Resistance was formally announced on the Resident Evil Twitter on September 9, 2019. The small clip features a number of Resident Evil staples, including underground laboratories, zombies, lickers, and a surprise appearance by a creature looking a lot like Mr. X from Resident Evil 2. As a group of normal looking citizens fight off the monsters, there seems to be a mysterious party attempting to orchestrate their demise from behind a control console. You can check out the teaser in its entirety below.

A few things that stand out about the Project Resistance teaser are the characters and the mysterious handler. The people fighting the monsters look like run of the mill folks probably scraped together from a desperate situation and just looking to survive. This really drives home a sense of Resident Evil Outbreak where the player characters were regular Raccoon City citizens with their own backstories and quirks as opposed to a game like Operation Raccoon City where players controlled a team of trained Umbrella agents who knew what they were doing and what was going on.

Moreover, there’s the handler at the computer consoles. This may be pointing at a 4vs1 format of the game (or at least a mode in the game where such is the case) in which one player controls the release of monsters or even directly handles bigger threats like Mr. X while the four players try to overcome the single player’s threats and escape with as much of their team as they can. It’s hard to say if this is a good idea or not without any gameplay to look at just yet, but it would at least be an interesting wrinkle in the Resident Evil formula.

Whatever Project Resistance turns out to be, we got vibes that reminded us of the isolation, fear, and confusion of Resident Evil Outbreak and it will be interesting to see how Capcom handles this type of multiplayer in an age where much of the limitations of the original games are now gone. At the very least, it will give us something beyond games like PUBG doing crossover events.


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