Capcom have released a video detailing their free online service for Resident Evil 6, called Resident Evil.net.The service will record a vast array of player actions such as enemies killed, weapons used, and the number of medals earned. Furthermore, players will be able to share their in-game activities with their friends via Twitter and Facebook and there will even be a smart phone app for Android, iOS and Windows, enabling anxious players to track their friends’ activities on the go. More details are included in the trailer below.
The free Resident Evil.Net service will be available when Resident Evil 6 launches on October 2 – a date which is now 100% confirmed as the title has passed the gold master stage of development for X630 and PS3, and manufacture of this latest installment in the multi-million selling series has begun. A PC release will follow soon.
Online stat-tracking services and social network integrators are becoming the norm for high profile titles but it is still surprising to see this kind of service applied to a series that most people remember for its survival horror tenets. Although, the genre of survival horror is becoming increasingly irrelevant to the Resident Evil franchise. This new service announcement will continue to perpetuate the current industry obsession with counting kills and other superfluous achievements more commonly associated with first person shooters. The need to turn every gameplay experience into a arcade game with a glorified high score system is becoming tiresome and obfuscates the actual game that lies beneath.
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Resident Evil 6, developed by Capcom will be released on October 2nd for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A PC release has yet to be dated.