After the surprising success of Resident Evil: Revelations on the Nintendo 3DS, fans have been clamoring for a series entry that manages to combine the modern control scheme with the classic survival-horror mindset. Enter Resident Evil: Revelations 2, the upcoming sequel that looks to take an even more straightforward survival-horror approach to the series after more action-packed titles (i.e. Resident Evil 6 and only Resident Evil 6). For those dying for more info on the recently announced title, the upcoming November issue of Gamesmaster reveals a few new details.
For starters, this sequel will be taking place between main series entries Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, putting it somewhere between 2009’s African event and 2012’s worldwide outbreak. Familiar face and survivalist Claire Redfield will serve as the protagonist, and she’ll be joined by Moira Burton, the daughter of Barry Burton, whom you may recognize as a former member of STARS and all-around great guy. Hopefully Moira won’t have an accent as thick, hammy or silly as Parker’s was in the last game, and seeing as she’ll be surviving as more of a support character rather than a second heroine, there’s a good chance you won’t have to worry about the lousy AI targeting that plagued Resident Evil: Revelations.
Of course, where there’s an AI partner, there’s an opportunity for co-op, a recent development that Resident Evil has taken quite a shining to. So if the thought of playing a survival-horror game alone terrifies you (as it should), then feel free to partner up and face the fear with a buddy. The new Afflicted enemy type is still being left in the shadows, but they have been described as being quick while delivering heavy damage, something relatively new for the series since a majority of past enemies can hardly be described as speedy.
Whatever worries you may have for the next entry in the legendary series, if it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, chances are it will be another enjoyably cheesy romp with more than a few genuinely horrifying encounters.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be out in early 2015 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC.