Can a first-person Resident Evil game succeed on the Wii?
Previously featured on PlayStation systems, the Resident Evil Survivor branch of the main series has always been looked on as a black sheep. While it's technically not a part of the Survivor series, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles might as well be. The general idea is the same: Run around in a first-person view and shoot anything that looks like it might be of the undead variety. REUC will essentially be an on-rails light gun game, though players will be able to alter the course with multiple routes while playing.
The Umbrella Chronicles will tell the back story behind Umbrella's demise. It's a smorgasbord of the four games that make up the original canon. Areas of the mansion in RE0/1 and Raccoon City from RE2/3 will be in the game, all prettied up in full 3D. That means there will be no more waiting to open a door, since what's behind will have already loaded. In fact, screens and video have shown that if you really need to get through a door in a hurry, you can blast it open with a gun. In fact, many environments in the Wii game will be destructible, something that was impossible with the old pre-rendered scenes of the original games. Such a feature may open up new opportunities to kill zombies or uncover secret areas.
With the old locations comes old characters. At least Rebecca, Chris, Jill, Billy and Carlos will be in Umbrella Chronicles, presumably as playable characters in their respective chapters. It won't all be a throwback to the old Resident Evil games, however. Since The Umbrella Chronicles is supposed to tell the story of how the evil corporation fell, it would only make sense that the game take players into the belly of the beast. REUC will have new areas inside the Umbrella stronghold, in which Capcom says holds many secrets to events throughout the Resident Evil series.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, which will include support for 480p progressive scan and 16:9 widescreen modes, does not yet have a release date.