Fans bring Resident Evil: Outbreak back online

Where there is a will, there’s a way. Outbreak Server Recreation Project is a fan-made revival of Capcom’s Resident Evil: Outbreak spinoff series. Developed by some determined fans, both Outbreak and Outbreak File #2 can once again be played over the internet with other players, now through custom made servers designed by fans. The servers work only with the Japanese versions of the two games, and emulators work as well (although, the project in no way condones piracy [and neither do we]).

Fans of Resident Evil: Outbreak have been asking for Capcom to revive the series for quite some time. One such group, Bring Back Outbreak, has existed for years, hoping that Capcom would hear their cries for either an Outbreak File #3 or a re-release of the first two games. While a third entry in the series would be fantastic, it would probably be more economic for Capcom to simply re-release both existing games on current platforms. And they should!

When Outbreak released in early 2004, online console gaming was still quite rough – especially on the PlayStation 2. An HD re-release would not only be cost effective for the publisher, but something that would be much appreciated from both fans of the series and those looking for quality multiplayer horror games.

Details on how to join the fan servers are available on the project’s website.


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  • Fernando Silva

    An HD-camera fixed-Online Resident Evil game?…I’m in

  • bigevilworldwide

    Never understood what people saw in those games, personally I thought they were god awful. I love RE but tried to pay them at least 4 or 5 different times. I’m betting Capcom shuts this down

    • Liam Mountain

      they wont.

    • StuntmanSnake

      And I never understood why fans like you (presumably) loved the original games and hate Outbreak. Limited ammo, fixed camera angles, survival horror, what makes it so terrible? Sure the partner AI is bad, but that’s because these games were made to be played with real people. It’s essentially RE1-3 online. I just don’t understand.

  • qqryq

    Capcom doesn’t give a damn iabout fans and what they like. Unless Capcom have profits on it. But they are always expecting ridiculous money so it’s noy gonna happen.

    • Andrey Martim

      Capcom gave a damn about fans… Okami HD is the phisic example of it.

      • qqryq

        If you say so…

  • killer89

    You do understand, that you can play emulator version legally by buying the dvd, copying the content on pc and then put the content in .ISO-format?

    (Just dont share that ISO – file)

    I´ve played both outbreak on pc few time by doing the mentioned procedures. And yes, if someone requests, i can take photo of the dvds.

    • Yeah, those details are at the source link. I didn’t feel the need to bog down the post with “make your own ISO to avoid piracy” talk when people could find that out on the site (if they didn’t already know).

  • StuntmanSnake

    Thank you for spreading the word, CJ. Not sure if it was because of this news post or not, but there has been a surge of about 300 people joining the website!

    • Liam Mountain

      someone needs to make a video setup tutorial there is so much stuff to do just to play online , I want to play but I have no clue were to start setting up the emulator and I have read some of the guide and it just baffles me. nothing is ever easy.

  • Snake

    I love the Outbreak series. If they were to Re-release it, in any fashion, with online functionality on the PSN I’d pay any amount for it. The overall concept of this series is so good it’s a wonder why they never continued the Outbreak franchise. RE4 was the beginning of a new Era of Resident Evil that, in my opinion, has tattered one of my favorite series’. REVIVE OUTBREAK CAPCOM! Give me a reason to give a shit about Resident Evil again; and while your at it.. give us 3 and make it just like the first two. Just don’t fuck it up by making it like these new garbage RE games.


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