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UPDATED 1ST MARCH 2016

Today Capcom released brand new gameplay details and assets for the upcoming Umbrella Corps. Joining the previously announced “One Life Match” mode, the newly revealed “Multi-Mission” mode supports up to 6 players in a match where the first team to win 3 out of the 5 rounds will be the victor. As with “One Life Match” mode, the action is fast and intense with a 3 minute time limit for each round.
   
Umbrella Corps will be playable for the first time in Europe this coming weekend (March 5th – 6th) at the PC Gamer Weekender, London.
   
“Multi-Mission” mode, as the name implies, consists of rounds that cycle through 8 different rulesets at random. This allows the same team members to consecutively enjoy different gameplay experiences in a seamless way, and provides an expedited matching process for quickly getting into the game. With the random ruleset selection, all teams must stay on their toes to adapt their tactics each round in order to come out on top. An overview on each ruleset can be found below:

Target Hunter – One target will be chosen per team and only killing that target will count towards the score. Players can choose whether to focus on protecting their own target or aggressively attacking the enemy target.

Respawn Match – Team deathmatch featuring respawns. Take advantage of the on-screen sound radar map to locate the enemies’ random respawn points.

Domination – Secure the specified data transmission point located within the stage for a longer time than the enemy team in order to win.

DNA Hunter – Kill zombies and collect their DNA samples. Destroying the opposing team’s Zombie Jammers is a key strategy in this mode.

SP DNA Hunter – Kill the special mutated zombies and collect their DNA samples. They are particularly tough and immune to the effects of the Zombie Jammer. It'll take teamwork to bring these creatures down.

Collector – Teams battle it out to see who will be first to collect all 5 briefcases in the stage.

Protector – Find the briefcase and hold it for as long as possible, while fending off the opposition. The player who has it will become a moving target, so teams must work together effectively.

Collar War – Collect the battle data "collars" of downed enemy players, and pick up allies' collars to prevent the enemy team from getting points.

     


Today Capcom confirmed that Umbrella Corps will be released in May 2016 digitally for PlayStation(R)4 computer entertainment system and PC. Various new game details about the third person shooter have also been revealed, providing an expanded look at the options that await trigger-happy fans.

The multiplayer shooter will support 1-6 players and, though the majority of modes will be geared towards competitive team battles, a single player mode called "The Experiment" challenges players to hone their skills as they familiarize themselves with the world of Umbrella Corps in more than 20 missions with varying objectives. This coliseum style horde like mode strips players of the zombie jammer device that provides perilous protection in multiplayer modes, putting them in a head-on confrontation with progressively harder waves of creatures, across multiple missions.

Umbrella Corps will feature adrenaline-fueled matches in familiar locales from various Resident Evil games. In addition to the previously announced Umbrella Laboratory map, players will be able to experience areas inspired by Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. The famed Village from RE4 has been retooled for heated multiplayer matches that escalate to the rooftops, while the Tricell organization from RE5 has a newly imagined HQ to explore. Players must not only face off against the rival mercenary team, but also the stage-specific threats such as the crazed Ganados (RE4) and blood-thirsty Cerberus dogs (RE5). More information on additional maps and modes are still to come.

Umbrella Corps is a new fast-paced third person shooter set in the iconic Resident Evil universe. The competitive online game will feature quick, intense matches in compact battle zones themed from historic Resident Evil environments. The game utilizes the Unity engine developed by Unity Technologies. Umbrella Corps will be available digitally for an MSRP of USD 29.99 / EUR 29.99 / GBP 24.99 on PlayStation(R)4 computer entertainment system and PC across North America and Europe in May 2016.

My Take
I a world where video game developers are pushing out multiplayer only games with tacked on single player content, Umbrella Corps (pronounced 'core') appears to be no different. Recently we have had games like Evolve, Battlefront and Rainbow 6 Siege come our way which generally are very good multiplayer games but really to lack when it comes to the single player content.

Resident Evil games have long been about exciting game play and an interesting story that comes along with it in a challenging world that has been developed over many many years. Umbrella Corps, which looks like an amazing multiplayer game really looks like it could have been amazing with a strong single player and/or co-op campaign to play through besides just playing multiplayer and a tacked on horde mode single player.

Although I am disappointed at the lack of a regular single player campaign, I am interested in the released final product and it looks like it will be quite the good entry into its genre. Time will tell. Bring on May 2016.

Lucas (LewkOne







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