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Resident Evil 6 will be the eighth installment in the main line of Resident Evil games. Details are scant, but along with a single player campaign, RE6 will feature six-player co-op and eight-player competitive multiplayer modes—whether co-op is a standalone mode, or integrated into single player as in Resident Evil 5, remains to be seen.
15 years after the Raccoon City Incident, US President Adam Benford prepares to reveal everything about it—but when Leon Kennedy arrives to discuss the reveal, he finds the President transformed beyond recognition by a bioterrorist attack, which forces him to make an unbearable decision. He is also caught in the middle of a massive bioattack on the American town of Tall Oaks, and must find the person responsible with the help of a Secret Service agent who is hiding her own secrets.
Halfway around the world, BSAA agent Chris Redfield arrives in Lanshiang, a coastal Chinese city, to help suppress another bioterrorist threat. No place or person seems safe from these attacks, and this knowledge has united Earth's population under the common fear of seeing mankind face extinction.
Alongside Chris and Leon's stories, a third story will follow a mercenary named Jake Muller as he teams up with an adult Sherry Birkin. Jake harbors something in his blood that may be mankind's only hope for stopping the global outbreak of the newly-discovered C-Virus. Jake also seems to be the legacy of the late Albert Wesker, as he has another name: Wesker Jr.
All three stories will eventually converge together as the trio seeks to stop the parties responsible for the C-Virus outbreak and save the world…but are their efforts already in vain?
- Actionized Sequel: Looks to be more actionized than Resident Evil 4 or Resident Evil 5, with the ability to sprint, dodge roll, use stop-and-pop cover, move while shooting, and slide on the ground and fire.
- There seem to also be several regular gun-toting enemies, making for some straight 3rd-person shooter segments with no monsters.
- Judging from the trailer, to counter the action making combat against zombies boring, the standard zombies have more abilities such as jumping at the player, grappling them, and even some sprinting. The J'avo apparently has the ability to grab you from cover and attack. While this game may have more action, it's not going to make the game a pushover, or any less creepy.
- Badass Abnormal: Jake possesses unnatural strength and swiftness for his size; Leon and Chris, of course, need no such help. As for why Jake has those powers, let's just say that it runs in the family.
- The Bus Came Back: Sherry Birkin! After seemingly disappearing off the face of the earth, Sherry, now 27 years old, makes an appearance in 6, and seems to have grown up from Tagalong Kid to Action Girl.
- Call Back:
- Leon says the events in Tall Oaks are "Raccoon City all over again," marking a return to the "zombies in an urban area" setting that made Resident Evil 2 and 3 very popular.
- What with the faster, action-oriented gameplay and free aiming system of parts 4 and 5, this one looks to preserve the challenge of the classic style by sending lots of zombies after Leon. So, Boom! Headshot! may drop one, but what are you gonna do about the twenty others still closing in?
- Casual Danger Dialog: After falling into what looks like a stadium full of zombies, a battered Leon declares that it's not his lucky day.
- Continuity Nod: The zombified President's slow head turn after feasting on a body is reminiscent of the first zombie that the player encounters in the original Resident Evil.
- Dead Guy, Junior: Ada/Carla refers to Jake as "Wesker Jr.", though Jake doesn't seem to be aware of his father's identity.
- Dead Weight: Leon fights a fat zombie that shrugs off bullets and attacks by lifting and throwing him.
- Death Faked for You: Leon asks Hunnigan to declare Helena and himself as dead in order to travel to China without interference.
- Distressed Dude: Despite his superhuman abilities, Jake is gonna need saving at least once over the game.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: The J'avo have two eyes in the standard places, as well as several eyes of various sizes all over their foreheads.
- Frame-Up: Leon ends up being framed for the President's death, which is a large part of the reason why he had Hunnigan fake his death before he went to China. Some official stuff also imply that Ada Wong was herself framed by Carla Radames.
- Foreshadowing: When he first meets Jake, Chris briefly wonders if the two of them have met before. Turns out Jake is Wesker's son.
- Hired Guns: Jake makes a point of demanding payment before and after his assignment—and BOWs will cost Sherry extra.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: Knowing that Derek Simmons will absorb zombies in order to regenerate himself, Leon and Helena decide to try attaching lightning rods to them. It works rather well.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jake and Sherry.
- Implacable Man: Jake Muller encounters a monster called Ustanak that relentlessly chases him Nemesis-style. The Ustanak possesses a metal claw arm full of retractable syringes—and considering that Jake's blood is valuable...
- Improvised Weapon: Some zombies carry things like hammers, axes and knives, which you can steal and use against them in a finishing blow.
- It's All My Fault: Helena Harper, Leon's companion, holds herself responsible for the death of the President and the virus outbreak in Tall Oaks. This is because Derek Simmons coerced her into betraying the president.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Leon kills the President—Leon's former military recruiter and personal friend—after he fully turns into a zombie. Helena later lets her sister fall to her death after she transforms into a monster under similar circumstances.
- Knight Templar: Chris seems to be headed in this direction, if his overwhelming desire for revenge against Ada/Carla is any indication.
- Let's You and Him Fight: At one point, Leon and Chris end up fighting over Ada/Carla.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: It's revealed in the second trailer that Jake is Wesker's son.
- Mexican Standoff: Between Leon and Chris. See Let's You and Him Fight.
- Milestone Celebration: This game marks the fifteenth anniversary of the franchise; as a special treat, gamers were able to purchase the first four mainstay PS games from the Japanese store for 3,000 yen (4 alone would cost 1900) through the end of March 2012.
- Mission Control: Ingrid Hunnigan, returning from 4 and Degeneration, seems to be serving as Leon's source of intel once more.
- Monster Clown: If this screenshot is anything to go by, there might also be some clown-mask wearing enemies in this game. Whether they are normal humans or if they too are one of the victims of the bioterrorist attacks is not known yet.
- The demos shown at E3 confirm that they're J'avo, which are apparently intelligent enough to hide their multiple eyes behind masks in order to appear as normal humans.
- Nintendo Hard: Every other shot featuring a J'avo in the trailer shows a J'avo owning the player, who was in several positions any regular to the series would take. The AI appears to have dumped some some stat points into "Intelligence."
- Only in It For the Money: Jake wants money in exchange for letting the world have access to his valuable blood.
- Outrun the Fireball: Leon and Helena run away from a street-engulfing explosion to a rescue helicopter.
- President Evil: It's averted, then played dead straight. Not that the President had much of a choice to become evil, anyway.
- Press X to Not Die: Back again in full force. Not only do you have ones that test your reaction time, you also have ones that test your timing.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Judging by the second trailer, Chris and Leon are, respectively, taking these roles.
- Retcon: Previous games and spin-off material all but said the public already knew the gist of what happened to Raccoon City. In 4, Leon even says Umbrella's financial ruin came about due to public exposure of its bioterrorism programs. 3 and 4 can't agree on the precise details of exactly how and when Raccoon City was destroyed. This game makes the retcons more noticeable, since previous games at least implied the general public knew the bare essentials of the incident.
- Shot to the Heart: What Sherry does to Jake, presumably with adrenaline.
- Took a Level In Badass: Sherry is an agent sent to protect Jake Muller, a huge step up from the Tagalong Kid from 15 years ago.
- Viral Marketing: No Hope Left.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Chris gives this to Leon regarding his interfering with his attempt to kill Ada Wong/Carla Radames during their Mexican Standoff, citing that she's not a mere "witness" to the terrorist plot, she's the one who instigated it.
- Likewise, Chris himself is given this treatment by Piers in regards to coming dangerously close to letting his desire for revenge overwhelm his sense of justice in an earlier encounter with Ada/Carla.
- You Killed My Father: Jake seems to know that Wesker was his father and that Chris was the one who killed him, but Jake doesn't seem to be taking it badly.