In all the ways Capcom has tried to spin demonic resident, None have been more affected by lack of time, failure, and utter disaster than his various attempts to bring the fight against (and for) Umbrella online.
Yes, he got into co-op quite successfully on the main series, albeit on two of the weaker entries, but other than that, it’s a ‘wrong place, wrong time’ case at best and, on the worst case, phenomenally miscalculated. and executed.
Where the side effects of light weapons began disastrously before completing a redemptive arc in the span of just nine years, Capcom has spent 17 years trying to capture multiplayer lightning in a bottle, possibly getting closer on the first try.
At one point before Xbox Live really changed online console gaming forever, there were a handful of console games dabbling in the practice of online gaming. One of those was Resident Evil Outbreak.
In 2003, this online version of the classic Resi The formula did things that online horror games have copied over and over again in the years since. Unstable teamwork with strangers in a pressure situation, spontaneous moments of chaos and joy, and players capable of assuming the role of one of the monsters, hunting the rest. All familiar now, but truly a unique phenomenon at the time.
It’s a shame outside of Japan, getting a PlayStation 2 online in 2003 was a less pleasant experience than Nemesis applying a Covid test with its tentacle. For most of the world, online gaming was something that only really lived and worked on PCs, so Outbreak and its even better sequel ended up as a cult classic that Capcom never captured the feeling again.
After arriving early and coming home in a huff, Capcom was finally late to line dancing when it really started. It was 2012 when she decided to dive into another dance completely online. demonic resident game, and wisely chose to use the backdrop of the Raccoon City outbreak as a template again, and an intriguing twist on that story where the players were the bad guys taking out all the do-gooders as the city collapsed.
That’s as good as it got, because that game was Operation: Racoon City.
This cooperative shooter saw you play as a special team of soldiers, sent to clean up the mess during the outbreak in Raccoon City. That puts you in direct opposition to the likes of Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy, who throw out a tempting ‘What if?’ stage where you manage to eliminate the heroes of the outbreak. Again, a great idea, but a game is more than an idea. It just so happens that it should work like a video game too.
Operation: Raccoon City It turned out to be a badly thought-out disaster. A race and a gun Resi with an excessive amount of melee combat with the undead. Again, on paper it sounds like a fantastic idea to put a weird spin on the franchise, but it was done in such a dull and uninspired way.
But hey, cooperative zombie slaughter in Raccoon City? That has to be fun, right? A common defense of the game is that it remains fun cooperatively with friends, whatever your issues. This is somewhat true, but it is also true of many terrible games that you can play together. Navy of foreign colonies He was also abuzz with disappointment, and he still had a shred of joy as he joined another human in laughing at him as he mindlessly struck down the hordes of Xenos that rattled in various ridiculous ways. This was no different.
It also came at a time when companies somehow began to decide that horror games were no longer in demand, and the entire Resident Evil series had started to turn toward that lucrative action / online market. the Revelations Spin-offs ended up being the closest we got to what we might call traditional demonic resident (and ironically, a decent co-op experience to boot), all while playing like Operation Raccoon City, resident Evil 6, Y Umbrella body Came to drive more nails into the casket of the coffin Resiidentity of.
Umbrella body it had to have been the turning point. While Operation Raccoon City may have been a fool, at least it felt a bit like he was connected to the demonic resident universe. Umbrella Corp he had zero personality and nothing interesting to say about him demonic resident universe. Another online game with faceless grunts facing each other in little brown / beige arenas that just happen to feature some zombies. By 2016, when the game came out, there were much better ways to play something like this elsewhere, and unsurprisingly, it was effectively dead upon arrival.
If this action-intense approach had continued to be the path Capcom followed, it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t be as interested in what Resident Evil Village had to offer as we are now. Fortunately, he changed tactics and ignored online play for a while, instead of delivering a successful reboot for the main series and the long-awaited remake of Resident Evil 2.
Then the company released a new multiplayer experience alongside the Resident Evil 3 remake in 2020, and it showed some promise.
Taking a sheet from the book of asymmetric multiplayer horror games Friday the 13th other Dead by daylight, Resistance to resident evil saw four human-controlled players attempt to escape an umbrella testing facility full of biohazards. Controlling the flow of these nasty mutants is a fifth player, who acts as the facility’s stage manager, expelling the undead, monsters, and even tyrants.
The interesting wrinkle in this setting is in the role of director. While the director may have a bit more control when taking control of a monster, the action is generally a bit more distant for this player, setting up the gauntlet, creature spawn order, and traps from the safety of a control room.
While it is a significant step compared to previous online efforts, Endurance It has been quietly dying in the year since its release, and updates have become eerily rare. It certainly felt damning when the details of another online demonic resident emerged in early 2021.
Resident Evil RE: Verses is set to launch together Resident Evil Village as the last attempt to take Resi online, and first impressions aren’t that promising. A PvP shooter for 6 players where characters from the last years of demonic resident fight in familiar places. So Resident Evil 7Jack Baker can fight with Resident Evil 2 RemakeAda Wong.
While it looks disappointing (and let’s be honest, demonic resident the story doesn’t favor his chances) at least he doesn’t take himself too seriously, with silly things like Leon morphing into nemesis as some kind of power-up.
Whether it eventually explodes or not, one thing is clear; Capcom will try to bring survival horror back online.