During today’s Resident Evil Showcase, Capcom revealed the mildly leaked Resident Evil Re:Verse, a free online game coming free alongside Village. Details on the game are rather scarce at time of writing, however. Capcom has promised more information in the near future, so for now we’re going to have to go with what we saw in the teaser.
The most important takeaway for Re:Verse is that it is not Resident Evil Resistance. The four-on-one multiplayer mode came alongside Resident Evil 3 last year, tacking on some additional gameplay to the relatively short campaign. Resistance was a mode that saw four players scrambling to escape a deadly situation, while another player played the antagonist Mastermind. Resident Evil Re:Verse is a bit more traditional, but with a twist.
Resident Evil Re:Verse is a four- to six-player deathmatch mode. You can play as recognizable characters from the franchise, such as Leon and Claire, as they duke it out in arenas inspired by franchise locations. The teaser shown today included the aforementioned two fighting in what was clearly the Raccoon City Police Department. And then Leon died, and he turned into the goddamn Nemesis. Which, naturally, brings us to the twist I mentioned. Dying in Re:Verse mutates you into one of the franchise’s monsters, allowing you to wreak havoc on the surviving players. You can also see Jack Baker in the teaser swinging some chainsaws. This is gonna be wild.
“Players can choose from a fan-favorite roster, each with their own unique skillsets to master,” reads the Capcom press release. “When players are defeated in combat, their character respawns by mutating into a bioweapon to enact revenge on their foes.”
Warning: May include cartoon violence
Resident Evil Re:Verse will include a comic book art style. Characters and objects are drawn with thick lines, and shadows are appropriately dappled. It’s not leaning hard into cel shading, so don’t expect to look too cartoony. The visual style may be divisive to some, but I kinda dig it, personally. If the game looks interesting to you as well, you can sign up for the beta which begins next week.
Capcom has said the game is a “thank you” to fans of the series. This year marks Resident Evil‘s 25th anniversary, and the developer is celebrating big with the incoming release of Resident Evil Village and Re:Verse. Both the game and its online mode will be available for PC on May 7.