Resident Evil 6: the good, the bad, and the add-on

So, we’ve got a bit of good news and a bit of bad news for Resident Evil fans today. Let’s start with the bad news, as it might make the good news sound better.

After the tidal wave of negative feedback from journalists and gamers alike, it looks like Resident Evil 6 has finally bit the bullet, explaining Capcom’s almost panicked sounding statement a few days ago concerning rebooting the franchise. Despite selling over 4.8 million units, the game has come in significantly lower than Capcom’s expectations.

The publisher had this to say:

“Despite record breaking sales when (Resident Evil 6) debuted, (it) subsequently lost it’s momentum, resulting in a failure to achieve planned sales and fulfill it’s role as a driver of sales expansion”

While I can’t say I was terribly happy with Resident Evil 6 myself, both as a fan and as a consumer- but I’m not the “burn the witch” kind of fan. I’m not thrilled to hear that RE6 did so poorly in comparison to previous games, I am at the very least glad that it is making Capcom to reconsider the direction they have been driving the series in. I often remark on the Whispers in the Dark podcast that Capcom’s public relations motto seems to be “Go @#$! Yourself”, with constantly doing the exact opposite of what the fan bases for each of their series’ wants (the last few years almost domino disaster with the one-two-three punch of the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, the gross mishandling of Street Fighter X Tekken, and the almost completely nonchalant way that western releases of Ace Attorney Investigations 2 was cancelled), I’m hoping that the sever backlash Capcom is getting now will spur them into change their policies, not to mention their efforts of making good products. Although there’s always my deepest fear, that Resident Evil could get the ax just as Mega Man did, but I doubt that will happen.

In happier news, we’ve got announcements for the console and PC version of RE6,with both getting new modes for multiplayer.

Resident Evil 6’s upcoming release on PC will come with an exclusive mode “Mercenaries: No Hope”, which is said to include “more enemies than ever before”, which also means that PC players will be able to rack up higher combos. Mercenaries has always been one of my favorite modes in the series, even before it was called such (anyone remember RE2’s “EXTREME BATTLE MODE”), and it was one of the only multiplayer modes in Resident Evil 6 I actually enjoyed, so it’s awesome to hear that the PC release will be including an enhanced version.

Finally, sometime in March, console players of RE6 will be getting another multiplayer mode to add along side the previous 3 DLC ones. “Siege” mode shakes things up by more or less copying Gears of War 2’s“Capture the meatflag” mode, where two teams of three (one team human, one team J’avo) race against the clock to get to a lone A.I. rookie B.S.A.A. agent, who has been lost in the field.

As you can imagine, the human team’s objective is to rescue the A.I. character, where as the J’avo team’s objective is to eliminate him. The mode consists of two rounds, giving both teams a chance to experience the objective from both the human and J’avo sides, and will be releasing at 320 microsoft points, or $3.20, € 3.99 or £3.19, which is the same price as each of the game’s previously released DLC modes. Considering the loss Capcom suffered over Resident Evil 6, there’s a chance we may be seeing quite a few of these remixed modes before we see story based DLC. There’s a trailer in the source, if you want to check it out.

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  • tigerspaw

    I doubt at this point Capcom will release any story DLC. Looks like they’re going to re-consider their next move and quickly move on from RE6.

    • I hope they do release story DLC. As much as I’d like a re-boot (providing they do it right), I’d still like to know what the hidden end video is about once you complete all the scenarios.

      • tigerspaw

        I just ‘read’ it as Capcom trying to further cement Jake into the series as a protagonanist (yuck!)

  • LOL! To that header image Rourke!

    Ah…Resident Evil 6, your a strange case aren’t you and I can’t decide whether I like you or hate you D: I’m still getting the PC version though, and it looks like it’s coming with a few extra features to boot!

  • I consider the “bad news” to be Good news. Thank god this bastardization of the series didn’t meet their expectations sales-wise.
    At the same time, there’s a RIDICULOUS amount of multiplayer focus when it comes to this game. I mean, jesus….What are we up to now? 5 multiplayer modes, not including the campaign? I hope this isn’t indicative of what the series’ focus will be moving ahead.

  • i’m still getting the pc version. and also revelations. but i really hope they return to give importance to isolation, true single player experience. and if RE still wants co op, thats fine as long as its optional ala dead space 3. it got really annoying that RE5 to RE6, that the story & gameplay were all built and dependent heavily for forced co op. it was fun, but it took away tension easily.

  • Neutron15

    gonna get Revelations on PC

  • Xander

    And before someone even brings up DmC, shut the fuck up.

    Honestly, though, I liked Resident Evil 6 despite yelling at it a few times (damn quicktime events), but ultimately Resident Evil does need to return to its roots, even if that means rebooting it a la Devil May Cry (and Tomb Raider). While fans, or even “fans”, shouldn’t dictate what a game should or shouldn’t be, a company as big as Capcom shouldn’t just ignore them either.

    • DmC is a flop, cutting it from 7mil to 1.2mil and only 450,000 sold worldwide? flop flop flop just like a magikarp

      • Well, it’s important to remember that DMC was a flop primarily because fans went out of their way not to play it, despite high reviews.

        • ZenTzen

          yes because this is the first game ever that gets good reviews but its a horrible game nonetheless

      • I think you’ll find it’s “splash, splash, splash” like a magikarp…christ and you call yourself a fan! D:

        Lol just kidding ^3^

        • lol i know i just wanted it to go with the “flop” theme 😛 technically he does flop around while using splash though

  • ariessiren

    4.5 million is alot. they made money but yes, the bad reviews turned alot of people off. personally i loved it, but a return to its roots will never happen, but a reboot will happen most likely. it will be more horror im sure, but will always feature a huge multiplayer aspect as thats where the money is at. it can be done, but they are really going to have to up the horror scare factor bigtime.

  • Yeah I refuse to take any Destructoid article seriously. That site is full of blubbering clowns who know absolutely NOTHING about games. Jim Sterling, you’re a sad excuse for a human being, go rot in a corner where no one has to ever see your so-called “reviews” again. RE6 is a great game, there’s a few flaws just like everything else, but its a thousand times better than RE5. RE can return to the same style as Revelations and still be successful, but I loved 6 for what it is, ESPECIALLY Leon’s campaign. THAT was what RE is good for.

    Seriously, most gamers these days are whiny little assholes who are never happy no matter what people give them. I remember when people were actually satisfied with all the work companies gave us.

    • VariousCakes

      I’m glad you liked it, but Capcom are still going to consider it a failure if it didn’t make them the big $$$ which is exactly the problem when it comes to their mentality towards RE.

      I don’t consider myself a whiny little asshole, but I had to agree with Sterling that it was a tacky attempt to homogenize the series. I don’t hate it as much as he obviously did, I found it fun at times, but I really hope they make some big changes with the next game.

    • ariessiren

      wow jenny in your quest to dismiss a reviewers opinion, you managed to link his dislike of a game to him being a sad waste of a human being and to rot away because of a video game? if thats all it takes for you to basically hate someone, for them to dislike what you like, then you are no better. in fact you sound alot worse. in your bashing you actually made YOURSELF look like a complete evil asshole and biased fangirl

    • StuntmanSnake

      Woah. Sorry but Jim Sterling is a good man.

    • Gurl .. Step aside , We have A HISTORY behind these games .

  • That Guy

    Rourke posted something? Mind=Blown =D

    • Guest

      >_< heyyyyyyyyyy

  • so no story dlc for re6 ? what a shame at least re5 did story dlc.

  • killer89

    Capcom forgot the upcoming sales for RE6´s pc version, which should be counted to the overall sales.

    Isnt that a bit odd?

  • I was very disappointed with the Action-feel-less Horror aspects of the game, for the Most part I did Enjoy mostly Leon’s Campaign (Except that part where You have to climb up ropes IT WAS ANNOYING!) Chris’s campaign was okay, Piers is a cool new character to the series as well as Jake, though finding out that there are no Files to read throughout the game and it’s replaced by hunting for “Emblems” I believe also hurt the game. I’m not too thrilled over the expansions either. Capcom I will not continue to support these types of add-ons,(Protecting the Rookie is okay though.) I was angry that You decided it’s okay to charge players, Your loyal customers to the series for DLC that WAS ALREADY ON THE DISC. Give us a REmake to part 2 to hold us over until the next installment, hell, port over the REmake on the Gamecube You folks did a really wonderful job there. I still play it to this day. Get it together Capcom!

  • Thank god, so now we can finally get real resident evil back. The only good from this franchise since RE Outbreak 2 has been Revelations and the release of RE 1.5. Everything else is trash.


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