Capcom has finally made it official: Resident Evil Revelations 2 is coming out next year for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. They made the announcement during Sony’s fall conference earlier today, with a live-action teaser trailer attached. While there was no in-game footage shown, I do love how they approached this teaser. It’s filled with neat easter eggs for Resident Evil fans, as well as some big hints as to where the story might be going. So, below you’ll find a list of all the things that have been noticed by myself, readers and friends after dissecting the trailer. Did we miss anything? Leave your own observations in the comments below!
The trailer starts out with a very familiar sight for fans of the franchise: the classic door opening sequence. Is Capcom taking us into a full-blown, classic survivor horror experience with this game?
Now here we see something interesting. Everyone in this trailer seems to be wearing bracelets. In the beginning they all glow green. But towards the end? Well, we’ll get to that! Also, a little girl is the focus here, as we see her going through this crowd of people before it all goes to hell.
Now things get crazy. Is that…Rachel? The woman in the background seen eating definitely resembles Rachel from Resident Evil Revelations. Personally, I think this is just a nod to that character and not indicative of her being in the actual game. Or I could be wrong and Revelations 2 could be going backwards to tell a story before the events of the Queen Zenobia. And speaking of which…
Look at that beauty. Framed and hanging on the wall is none other than a picture of the Queen Zenobia, the floating hell house where the original Revelations took place. This cements the notion that this will definitely tie into the events of the first game, instead of offering a brand new, unrelated story. And now we go from a man-made beauty to a natural one.
Why, that’s a green herb next to “Rachel”! And speaking of green, we continue to see the bracelets glowing that color here. So now let’s get to the biggest puzzle piece we have from this picture: TerraSave.
Yup, the organization that Claire belongs to is referenced here, as seen on the shirt that dude in the middle is wearing. This continues to add fuel to speculation that Claire will be featured as the main character in this sequel. So I’ll continue to stick to the theory I wrote about (you can check that out by clicking here). And sticking with talk of organizations, we also see an umbrella here, resting beside the pillar towards the right of the image. Definitely a callback to the company we all love!
Here’s a great catch that came from our comments section on an earlier news article. The girl and man conversing in the middle of the shot above look like Barry and Rebecca. Could they also somehow be involved in the game’s events? I sure hope so! It’s been a while since we’ve seen the two all-STARS.
Here we have another nod to classic Resident Evil, specifically the Keeper’s Diary from the original game, with a girl holding a sign that reads: Itchy Tasty. She’s about to become zombie food. And speaking of zombies…Here we start to see the result of some form of virus outbreak. The green bracelets seem to turn red when the user is infected. I think this could also prove to be a great gameplay mechanic that could implement one’s health status organically into the game without the need for bringing up a menu. All you would have to do is look at your character’s bracelet to see what your current status is. But that’s not all, I also think the bracelets will have bigger story implications as well, as we’ll see at the end of the trailer.
So, yes: Zombies are back. And they appear to be old-school zombies. Here we see them all sporting the aforementioned bracelets (glowing red), and one of them is even wielding a weapon towards the middle of the image. But to me, the thing that made me freak out and scream like a little girl was how this shot was a beautiful throwback to Resident Evil 2’s UK cover art.
The trailer ends with the message above. Now this is where I think the bracelets come into play again. I feel like some organization will have its employees/visitors wear these bracelets. Not only will they monitor their health and seek potential infection, but it’ll also serve as a way to invade their privacy, letting the new evil organization know whatever they want about the user. I could see the story having something to do with this current concern that applies to the real world. But we’ll have to wait and see!