Capcom has officially announced that it is bringing a pair of games set within the company's long running Resident Evil
franchise to the Nintendo Wii, first with the re-engineered Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
and later with the wholly new Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
First, Capcom has confirmed a summer release for Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
, a new version of the critically acclaimed survival horror title for Nintendo's latest console.
According to a statement issued by the company, the upcoming game will incorporate new Wii specific controls on top of the traditional action mechanics featured in the original game. Additionally, the new version will allow players to use the Wii remote to “aim, fire, slash and avoid oncoming adversaries with intuitive motions and movements.”
On top of this, Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
will also include the additional content included with the previously released PlayStation 2 version, such as unlockable costumes, weapons, and the impressive Ada Wong sidestory, "Separate Ways."
In addition, while little has been released by the company since the game was teased during E3 2006, Capcom has now revealed that Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
, scheduled to ship at an unspecified future date, will be an “action/shooter hybrid.”
Specifically, the game will feature “first-person, light-gun style combat” that will revolve around the fall of the series' nefarious Umbrella Corporation, and will include locations lifted from past games in the series, such as Resident Evil
0-3, as well as new areas such as Umbrella’s stronghold.
has become one of the premier franchises in the games industry, with more than 30 million RE games sold around the world,” said Jack Symon, director, product marketing, Capcom. “The innovative controller functionality of the Wii will allow us to design innovative, original game play never before seen in a Resident Evil
game. With RE4
, we’re challenging the Wii hardware to meet Resident Evil
while in The Umbrella Chronicles
, we’re adapting Resident Evil
to the innovations of the Wii.”