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[Updated] Capcom Jumps Into Virtual Reality With ‘Resident Evil: Bio Terror’

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The Middle East Film & Comic Con recently wrapped up in Dubai, and it played host to an announcement that should inject VR enthusiasts and fans of Capcom’s “Resident Evil” series with no shortage of excitement. “Resident Evil: Bio Terror” exists, and it’s coming exclusively to virtual reality. In other words Capcom Jumps Into Virtual Reality With ‘Resident Evil: Bio Terror’.

April 11, 2016

Written by: Jason Evangelho

Capcom Jumps Into Virtual Reality With ‘Resident Evil: Bio Terror’

The Middle East Film & Comic Con recently wrapped up in Dubai, and it played host to an announcement that should inject VR enthusiasts and fans of Capcom’s “Resident Evil” series with no shortage of excitement. “Resident Evil: Bio Terror” exists, and it’s coming exclusively to virtual reality.

First the good news. The game’s existence shouldn’t be a surprise since Capcom announced last year that “Development Division 1,” the internal group working on the “Resident Evil” IP and led by “Resident Evil 5″ producer Jun Takeuchi, would be developing a new game engine for VR.The Middle East Film & Comic Con recently wrapped up in Dubai, and it played host to an announcement that should inject VR enthusiasts and fans of Capcom’s “Resident Evil” series with no shortage of excitement. “Resident Evil: Bio Terror” exists, and it’s coming exclusively to virtual reality.

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Resident Evil: Bio Terror logo, as captured by Biohazard France

Resident Evil: Bio Terror logo, as captured by Biohazard France

According to a report from Resident Evil fan site Biohazard France (and translated by UploadVR’s David Jagneaux), “Resident Evil: Bio Terror” would be an on-rails shooter, likely boasting 360 degree freedom of movement. Despite their simplicity, “Shooting Gallery” titles are surprisingly immersive experiences in VR, and a far cry from predecessors such as “Virtua Cop ”and “House of the Dead.” The Resident Evil franchise seems like a perfect fit here, and we can see the possibilities for sheer terror when playing games-in-development like “The Brookhaven Experiment” for the HTC HTCCY +% Vive.

Now the bad news. Biohazard France reports that ”Resident Evil: Bio Terror ”may be in development exclusively for VR arcades. Hub Zero, an indoor entertainment facility opening this summer in Dubai, also revealed their own “VRcade” destination, and apparently is playing host to several AAA virtual reality games. A banner that was photographed (not embedded here as it’s not large enough) during the presentation also shows the “Battlefield,” “Gears of War,” and “Dragon Age” logos alongside “Resident Evil: Bio Terror.” Now that’s interesting!

Arcade-exclusive titles eventually coming to home systems isn’t exactly a new concept — it’s been happening since the glory days of arcades in the 80′s — and with the sudden presence of several VR arcades around the world looking to blaze a trail in modern VR experiences, I find it highly likely that games like these will ultimately land on PlayStation VR, the Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive.

How believable is all this? Consider that Hub Zero issuedthis press release in February stating that they were partnering with “Electronic Arts EA +0.62%, Capcom, KONAMI, Microsoft MSFT +0.33%, and Square Enix” to create “innovative experiences.” We’re entering a new golden age of arcades, and VR is the muse.

As always, until the third-party publishers confirm all this, take it with a grain of salt. Granted, that salt tastes pretty good right now.

I’ve reached out to Capcom, EA, and Microsoft for comment and will update this article should any clarification or statements be offered.

UPDATE 1: Capcom has replied to our request for comment, pointing to a mistranslation in the announcement as the reason several sites have misreported the news. Here’s their official statement:

“Meraas, based in Dubai, announced last week that it would join forces with several game publishers to create rides and attractions at its gaming theme park – Hub Zero. Resident Evil and Asura’s Wrath will be two of the iconic brands present at Hub Zero when it opens later this year. The wireless VR experience Meraas announced at the same time, Time Zombies, is not related to Capcom IP.”

UPDATE 2: A Microsoft spokesperson responded to our request with this statement:

“We’re focused on launching ‘Gears of War 4’ on Oct. 11 and do not have any plans to bring ‘Gears of War’ to VR at this time.”

 

Source: Forbes.com

 

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