Capcom has decided to jump in on the four player co-op zombie action with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. The game is set in Raccoon City in 1998 during the outbreak that was the backdrop to Resident Evil 2 and 3. You'll play as one of three factions: the Umbrella Security Services, tasked with killing the zombies and the survivors; the U.S. military's Special Ops, tasked with stopping the USS and killing the zombies; or Umbrella's out-of-control bioweapons (BOWs, in the language of the series).
The announced changes to the series are so obvious we could practically chant them in unison: this entry is much more action-oriented than its predecessors with a focus on gunplay. It's gear toward online co-operative and competitive play. Shooty shoot bang bang bang. You'll see familiar characters and items, like healing herbs, but this isn't your mother's Resident Evil.
Here's a teaser trailer:
I suppose a straight-up shooter is the inevitable direction the franchise has been heading in, but I can't say I'm thrilled about it.
(PS3/360/PC. Sorry, Wii gamers.)