The 3DS has been fortunate enough to recieve a huge 3rd party backing, including monster franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Street Fighter, and Kingdom Hearts. But possibly the platform is even more fortunate for having two titles on the way from a huge series, Resident Evil.
Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations were announced at E3 2010 for Nintendo 3DS. And while they both are under the same franchise name, there are some huge differences between them. It is going to be a long one, join us after the jump.
Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D is already 70% complete. That might not be so much of a surprize considering the title will have no story elements involved. It is completely focused on fast paced action that the mercenaries mode is known for.
Players can take control of Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield, Jack Krauser, or Hunk. Players will be able to customize and level up skills players equip, along with customizable weapons.
While not entirely customizable, Mercenaries 3D will offer multiple control schemes. A new first person mode has been added, where players move into first person when readying their weapon, and aim using the 3DS’s analog slider. Capcom also plans on implementing a touch screen control scheme. The title will also have two player Wi-Fi co-op.
Resident Evil: Revelations is an all new stand-alone Resident Evil title. Revelations is currently only 20% complete, although it is a completely new title. Set on a infested cruise ship, Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine take the main roles in Revelations. The title falls somewhere between Resident Evil 4 and 5. Despite the series history, Capcom made sure to note that, while the story fits in the time-line, it is a fairly stand alone title, so new comers can easily jump right in.
Fans of pre-Resident Evil 4 titles will be liking what Capcom is doing with this entry in the series. Instead of focusing on the action elements of more recent Resident Evil titles and the upcoming Mercenaries 3D, the title will be returning to the series roots. The game will feature more of the exploration and puzzle elements found in the original titles, aswell as limited ammo for the player to juggle. Capcom is looking to re-instill the sense of fear that has been lacking in the latest titles.
Both titles are still TBA for release. Mercenaries 3D seems like a likely candidate for a launch 3DS title. In the mean time, check out some screens below.
You can check out some additional Revelation screenshots over at andriasang.