Umbrella Corps Is Capcom’s New Competitive Multiplayer TPS

Alessio Palumbo

Among the many announcements made at Sony's TGS 2015 Press Conference, at least one is also of interest for PC gamers. Capcom took the stage to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Resident Evil series and they did so by announcing the upcoming release of Umbrella Corps, a third person shooter focused on competitive multiplayer.

Here's the official description shared by Capcom:

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, announced Umbrella Corps(TM), a new fast paced third person shooter set in the 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 Corporation, a ruthless international pharmaceutical company, had been known for its genetic experiments and biological weaponry that led to worldwide devastation including the infamous Raccoon City incident. Although the organization was brought down in 2003, its legacy of bio-terrorism continued. In the present day, corporations with nebulous interests in bio-weaponry have hired squads of special forces for experimental battles in restricted virus-infected areas against other mercenaries.

Umbrella Corps will feature high-intensity team-based matches where players can compete online in a variety of unique close quarter battle modes. Each adrenaline-fueled match will be short and brutal and is designed for quick and engaging play. The game will feature an analog aim and cover system, allowing for more precise control when firing from cover.

In the One Life Deathmatch mode, players must achieve their main objective to take down the other team without any option to re-spawn. One life per round is all a player gets as they must not only face the enemy team but also contend with classic Resident Evil enemies such as zombies that populate each map. Though these can be added threats, they can also be used to a player's advantage if strategically used to hinder the other team.

In order to face all these threats, players will be equipped with gun and grenade based weaponry as well as specialized gear that add an extra layer of Resident Evil flair to the action. The non-traditional arsenal includes the Brainer (a powerful melee axe which goes straight into the skull), Tactical Shield (an arm-mounted guard allowing players to utilise a zombie as cover), Terrain Spikes (boot-mounted spikes for trampling the enemy), and Zombie Jammer (a device which repels zombies only when active). Players must be quick and strategic in changing up their tactics and weapons to win against the opposing team in this all-out brawl.

Umbrella Corps will be released in early 2016 for PC and PlayStation 4, at the price of $/€ 29.99 or £24.99. Attendees at the Tokyo Game Show 2015 will be able to try the first demo of the game, featuring a 3 vs 3 setup of the One Life Deathmatch mode. Check out the first gameplay screenshot and trailer below.


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