Resident Evil Revelations is shambling its way over to home consoles this year. Here's what you need to know about the game's move to the big three consoles, the extra features that's coming along with it, and where this game's plot fits within the RE timeline.
1. It's Heading to Home Consoles
On January 22, 2013, Capcom announced that this former 3DS exclusive RE game will be heading to the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and the PC as a retail release. This updated title will hit stores on May 21, 2013. The price will come in at $49.99. The new subtitle for this re-release is Resident Evil Revelations Unveiled Edition. All of the portable edition's features will come along for the ride, along with a couple of new modes, creatures, and characters.
The Wii U version will feature special controls via the GamePad. The photo shown above displays an option where players can interact with each other through the Miiverse and provide tips that can be seen on the GamePad's screen.
Raid Mode is one example of something that should really please fans of the series, as Hunk, one of the fan favorite characters in the series is making an appearance for consoles, so that's an exciting new addition. In terms of the campaign, with the chance to bring the game to consoles, being able to increase the level of details on enemies is one great aspect that makes it even scarier than before. For example, the 'Ooze'. Their hands were a little less detailed on the 3DS version, but with the additional graphical fidelity on home consoles, they're lot more detailed and gross. They have more human-like hands and with the extra detail afforded in HD, there's a lot more detail, so this kind of thing should be a great new addition.
2. It Originally Released on the 3DS
This survival horror adventure was released on the 3DS on January 26, 2012 on the 3DS. The game has garnered a review rating of 82 out of 100 on Metacritic, as well an 8.7 user score. Gaming Nexus awarded the game some extra praise in its review:
While survival-horror definitely isn't my best genre, Resident Evil: Revelations is easily one of the best 3DS games I've played to date. Just about any frustrations I've come across is due to my own lack of skill and experience with the franchise as a whole. If you're a Resident Evil fan with a 3DS, this is definitely one to pick up.
3. A New Difficulty Setting Is Being Added
An incredibly hard difficulty mode ("Infernal Mode") is being added to the console version. The main campaign will come with remixed enemy and item placements, along with a larger group of bio-weapons to contend with. Check out the trailer for this new mode above.
4. Hunk Will Be Playable
Hunk of Resident Evil 2 fame will be making an appearance in the game. Gamers will be able to play with the Umbrella agent during the game score attack/survival mode ("Raid Mode"). Check out some of his gameplay in the trailer above. As an extra treat, Capcom is adding Rachel Foley as another playable character for "Raid Mode." Her trailer can be seen above.
5. The In-Game Achievements/Trophies Have Been Revealed
For those of you looking to get a peek at the achievements/trophies list for the game, Xbox 360 Achievements posted the full list. Achievement/trophy whores, enjoy.
6. Developer Diary Videos Have Been Released
A couple of developer diary videos behind the game have been released thus far. These videos delve into the heritage and history behind the series, as well as the relevance of the many viruses the game pits gamers against. Take a look at the two developer diaries above. Keep an eye on the official Capcom YouTube channel or the official RE channel for future Developer Diary videos.
7. Case File Videos Have Also Been Released
Capcom has also put out trailers that delves into the mysteries of the SS Queen Zenobia. Both of the videos shown above give a brief preview at the new horrors on this virus-laden ship.
8. It Takes Place Between Resident Evil 4 and 5
In terms of where this game falls into the overarching RE plot line, Resident Evil Revelations takes place between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. It tells the events of what occurred after the BSAA (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance) was formed. RE character mainstay's Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield are both playable in this series entry. Jill and her new BSAA partner Parker Luciani's adventures take place on the SS Queen Zenobia ship. A search for two fellow BSAA members, Chris and his partner Jessica Sherawat, takes place on the bio-terror infested ship. Flashback sequences in the game also take gamers back to the tragic events of the floating city Terragrigia, which happened a year before the events on the SS Queen Zenobia.
9. It Was Developed Before Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Resident Evil Revelations' development took place before the creation of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. The later game was released on the 3DS and was considered to a be a test project for how well the RE system/controls could run on Nintendo's portable gaming system. It turns out that Revelations' game engine was a revised version of the one used on Lost Planet 2.
10. A Playable Demo Will Be Released Before It Launches
Capcom announced that a demo for the game will be released through Xbox Live, PSN, the Nintendo eShop, and Valve's Steam network. A date for the demo will be announced soon.