Capitalizing on the success of Resident Evil 5, Mad Catz Interactive today announced that it has begun shipping licensed RE5 accessories aimed at complementing the game’s release on PS3 and Xbox 360.
The products include controller faceplates, console faceplate and skins and a headset for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. They have also released a messenger bag and a wall scroll that gamers can actually use outside of playing the game itself.
Hit the jump for detailed information on these products.
There’s simply no surprise: despite the critical thrashing it got, Resident Evil 5 has shipped over 4 million copies worldwide. Capcom noted this to be its “biggest launch of any title in the series”. It should be noted that the series has shipped over 40 million copies since its premiere in 1996.
Resident Evil 5 also got a lot of pre-launch hype, including its playable demo which was downloaded over 4 million times on PS3 and Xbox 360.
The game was released last week in Europe and North America on PS3 and Xbox 360. A PC version is expected in the coming months.
Love it or hate it, but Resident Evil 5 is here to stay. And if you’re in the former group, you’ll love the fact that you can have a memento of the game on your hands almost all the time – Gamestation is now taking preorders for the Resident Evil 5 watch which is fully endorsed by Capcom.
There will only be 555 watches made (and they are all numbered) from reinforced mineral lens, screw down crown, matt black dial, white luminous hands and more.
The watch will be presented in an RE5 display box and will be released on July 31 for £119.99.
It was surprising news earlier this week when Capcom wanted to charge additional for multiplayer offerings that usually come built-in in other games. So, it wasn’t much surprising that they were on the receiving end of a huge backlash from fans, which has caused the company to defend its decision for charging for multiplayer DLC in Resident Evil 5.
Seeing as how the DLC will be released within the next few weeks and will not add any content beyond the modes themselves, fans have argued that the pack should be free, as in the case of the free patch enabling online functionality to the existing Mercenaries mode.
"Although Versus mode makes use of the assets that exist in the game, the functionality is not currently in the game and is above and beyond the initial scope of Resident Evil 5," said Capcom. "We have never included a Versus mode in Resident Evil before, and as well as the costs of development of the feature, there’s also additional bandwidth costs associated with it."
More on it as the story develops.
Moving away from the cooperative nature of the game, Capcom today announced ‘Versus’, a new multiplayer mode for Resident Evil 5 that will pit player against player – aka deathmatch. Most surprisingly, it will be premium content, as in you actually have to pay to have deathmatch mode added to your game.
Versus will allow up to four players in online battles in two different game types. First up is Slayer’s Rule, a point-based game that challenges players to kill Majinis. The second is Survivor’s Rule where players hunt each other.
It will be available on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network a few weeks after the game is released. It will cost 400 Microsoft points ($4.99).
Fifteen new high-resolution screenshots from Resident Evil 5. The highly anticipated action sequel is due out sometime next year on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. A demo announcement is expected soon.
A playable demo for Resident Evil 5 may be announced soon, according to game producer Jun Takeuchi.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Takeuchi mentioned that an announcement is coming “relatively soon”; he also mentioned that downloadable content for the game is also “possible,” though he wouldn’t elaborate.
He also talked about the hard drive install for the PS3 version of the game, noting that they are paying attention to player feedback from Devil May Cry 4, adding that they are coming up with “something that users will not criticize, but love.”
The game is due out sometime next year on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
On Shacknews is some new information on Resident Evil 5. Citing the now-removed preview on GamesRadar, the game will feature drop-in, drop-out online cooperative play throughout the entirety of its campaign.
The preview further stated that when another player is not present, the game will couple the player with an AI controlled buddy. The game will separate the duo at points and include more open areas than its predecessors.
For the first time in the series, a cover system will be present, allowing players to “lock to a wall and fire around the corner.” There will also be a dodging mechanic similar to the one seen in God Hand.
Additionally, the game has been confirmed to feature the Mercenaries mini-game, a challenge mode first introduced in Resident Evil 3.
Capcom is under fire from two individual groups concerning two of its games: the seemingly innocent Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure and Resident Evil 5.
Apparently, Zack & Wiki contained an audio sample of an Islamic religious phrase “Allahu Akbar,” which when translated to English turns out to “God is great”. The sample was used during a scene where several monsters were circling a pole in what appears to be a sacred dance, then pause to fill up skulls with soup from an oversized pot.
The company received several complaints about the audio sample, including one from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It has since then removed the phrase from the game. “We appreciated Capcom’s willingness to address Muslim concerns and applaud the company’s swift and appropriate actions,” said CAIR communications coordinator Amina Rubin.
Meanwhile, Resident Evil 5 has come under fire for what seems to be racist undertones present in the recently released E3 trailer. The video depicted the main character – a white man – attacking black zombies in what seems to be an African town. It is not known if Capcom will remove the setting from the game as of yet, but it has attracted strong criticism from black and African groups.