Capcom released some competitive gameplay footage of the upcoming Umbrella Corps, the team-based shooter due out for the PS4 and PC in early 2016.
The gameplay footage clocks in at nearly five minutes and All Games Beta caught wind of the video from GamesHQMedia. You can check out the footage below.
There are a couple of things we get to see in the video that wasn't detailed in the press release. For instance you can dive and shoot, as we see with the shotgunner who gets in close to an opponent and blasts them apart with a shotgun round to the face.
There's also the instance of opening shutters – it's a multi-team affair as one person needs to open the shutter while teammates shoot through to provide cover. I can only imagine how difficult a task that will be when a team is only down to one person and they're trying to navigate through the map.
The match itself was a three-on-three team deathmatch bout in the “One Life Match” mode. This mode is equivalent to the Elimination mode in Halo or the deathmatch modes in Rainbow Six. Players only have one life and will be required to work together as a team to take down the opposing team.
Helping in the survival aspect is a zombie jammer. Using the jammers players are able to navigate through the maps without being attacked by zombies. If the jammer gets damaged during a fire fight, then players will have to contend with not only trying to fend themselves off from the opposing team but also fight off the hordes of the infected as well.
The game has a sort of free-to-play Nexon vibe to it and gamers on the YouTube page were quick to point out how bland and uninspired the game looks.
It's not a good thing if Capcom is already losing people after they first announced the game and after showcasing actual gameplay footage. Ultimately if gamers don't feel as if this is a title worth their time because the gameplay looks uninteresting, then Capcom is in some serious trouble.
For some games they have to prove themselves if they're coming off a franchise known for having poor outings. In other cases the developers may have to prove themselves because of previous games they've worked on that weren't very high in quality. And in some scenarios a game may have a terrible pitch with an uninteresting name but then things turn around once the gameplay footage arrives. In the case of the Resident Evil spin-off Umbrella Corps that didn't happen.
Ultimately if gamers are starting to express discontent with the Resident Evil franchise – outside of their absolute eagerness to play a remake of Resident Evil 2 – then Capcom should be very careful how they proceed with the brand. They've had one too many failures in the series recently as opposed to games that players can point to and say are genuinely good.
I tend to doubt that Umbrella Corps will raise the brand value of Resident Evil if it continues on in its current course. The likelihood is that it will be regarded as another title on the line of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.
The game is due for release in early 2016 for $29.99 on the PC and PS4.