Online multiplayer title Project Resistance was revealed at the 2019 Tokyo Game Show. The game is a spin-off of the Resident Evil series placing an emphasis on teamwork instead of solo horror. The game will take inspiration from the Resident Evil: Outbreak titles that were released on the PlayStation 2, but will utilise the engine seen in the recent Resident Evil 2 remake.
Resident Evil has returned to form in the past few years, with Resident Evil 7 taking the series back to its survival horror roots while simultaneously breathing new life into the stagnant series. 2019’s Resident Evil 2 remake also managed to modernise a classic while remaining true to what made the original so beloved in the first place.
Since the Outbreak games, Resident Evil’s attempts to create online multiplayer experiences have typically been met by negative reception. 2012’s Operation Raccoon City and 2016’s Umbrella Corp being prime examples of games that were derided by fans and critics. So when Capcom initially teased a new game that was focused on online play many fans were dubious.
Project Resistance producer Matt Walker took to Twitter following the Tokyo Game Show to address fans concerns, saying, “Been seeing a lot of people who are not pleased with the idea that we’re making Project Resistance. It’s totally valid that people want more of that quality core experience offered in RE2 and RE7. My take – we as a company need to continue to branch out and try to offer up new gameplay in addition to refining the experiences people expect from us. If we just continue to offer up the same thing over and over again, people will gradually lose interest with what we‘re making.
“Project Resistance offers up a really interesting way to do that. The most important part? That it‘s a great survival horror experience, if non-traditional. I think we confuse things when we make things related to IP that don’t actually stay true to the core spirit of the IP, but this project happily doesn’t fall into that trap.”
He continued in further tweets, saying, “I can’t wait till the closed beta to have more people actually play it and see how it is a refreshing new take, but very surely survival horror at its core. People who have played it have been positive, and I hope during CBT even more people will have fun playing it.
“We‘re also earnestly trying to get feedback from people who have played it so we can actually make it better, which I feel is fairly rare from a publisher of our size. Based on that feedback, it could grow from a project to a fantastic game.“
From the cinematic reveal trailer, we can already see that Capcom is borrowing elements from the Resident Evil 2 remake. That games breakout star was the redesigned Tyrant (aka Mr X) who will continue to stalk players in Project Resistance. The game will also offer more melee combat adding more ways to dispatch zombies. So far there has been no mention of a single player mode for purists. Outbreak File 1 & 2 both had a single player option, but the AI for partner characters was often more of a hindrance than a help.
Project Resistance will be released PS4, Xbox One, and PC. No mention of the Nintendo Switch though. So far Capcom have not offered any clues to when the release will be.