Resident Evil Multiplayer Spin-Off Umbrella Corps Is Out

Umbrella Corps [official site] has arrived at a funny time for Resident Evil. Only last week, Capcom announced that they’re going back to poking around a spooky house in Resident Evil 7, this time in a first-person view. But right now, today, Capcom released Umbrella Corps, a multiplayer shooter spin-off about mercenaries shooting each other to bits in a zombiezones. I’ve heard a few folks say Umbrella Corps is actual fairly fun, but I find the contrast kinda funny. Or maybe I’m being over-optimistic about Capcom reining in Resident Evil. Could be that.

So! Umbrella Corps is a third-person shooter about teams of mercs sent by biocorps to scrap in zombielands because science. It does have a clever idea with the zombies: players wear a magic doodad which stops the zombos from paying much attention to them, but if yours gets damaged then the zombies will be after you too. I quite like the idea of strange locational damage spots in a shooter – more weirdness like this please, thank you everyone. The game does have a little solo play through an arena wave survival mode, but multiplayer is certainly its focus.

Umbrella Corps is £24.99/29,99€/$29.99 on Steam. Capcom are also selling cosmetic customisation DLC ranging from new armour colour options to skins of RE characters like Leon and Bazza.

Capcom mention that they’re planning free content updates including “maps based on the Mansion from the first RE and Lanshiang from RE6, as well as a free-for-all ‘4 Survivors’ mode.”

I’d still be a little wary after the way Capcom have treated their last Resident Evil multiplayer shooter spin-off, 2012’s Operation Raccoon City. Several crashes are still unfixed, especially on Windows 8 and 10, requiring players to first find then fiddle with fixes and workarounds. Hmm.

Anyway! Resident Evil 7 and that ‘Beginning Hour’ demo they released on PlayStation 4, yeah? Like PT, the ‘playable teaser’ for the now-cancelled Silent Hills, it’s not part of the full game. And like PT, it is a bit like PT. It’s a moody first-person spook-o-horror in a decrepit little house with strange phonecalls and fleeting figures and secrets to probe, though it is a bit campy with murderhillbillies. The point is: it doesn’t look like a game where someone will drone on about bioweapons or the Umbrella Corporation, perhaps downplaying the decades of dull backstory. If you don’t have a PS4 around, here, I enjoyed seeing Shesellssheshells poke around and find different endings.


  1. April March says:

    Looks like Capcom decided to split their action horror franchise into an action franchise and a horror franchise?

    I found the RE7 teaser to be ghastly poor, but heavens forgive me, I loved the action part of RE4 and am immediately drawn to anything like it.

    • ramirezfm says:

      I loved the RE7 teaser demo myself, but then I didn’t like all that action in RE games…

    • XxBrentos9xX says:

      Will all due respect, I think you are in the minority.

      Seems to me most people really like those set of games because they never played the originals, since they were much more of a horror feel. It’s the longtime fans that are upset with the way things have gone and they seem to welcome the premise of RE7 going back to the horror genre.

      I liked almost all the RE games in their own way, even if RE6 was more of an action shooter than a horror game, and very ‘eh’ feeling.

      I guess I don’t really mind them making a billion RE games, since I really like that universe. Plus it’s still more refreshing to see RE 15 (more of a campaign experience) than the next COD crap being flung out every few years.

  2. racccoon says:

    The only time this game will work is when its raining cats & dogs! even then it has to have a snow storm on the way forcing you inside…unity does not fit it at all, seems poor, far to many imperfections are seen..= ordinary game.

  3. Jalan says:

    Some of those animations in that trailer look terrible. I couldn’t stop laughing at the wall climbing segment.

    Anyway, not my thing. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just as dead as RE6’s online modes in a year or two though.

  4. Hardlylikely says:

    Speaking of unfixed crashes, RE4 HD on Steam has never worked on my machine. Nothing helps, it simply exits immediately, and Capcom have done nothing to fix it. Plenty of other reports on Steam of serious bugs. Got it on sale, but I won’t be buying any other Capcom games until I can verify they work. Dolphin has my back when I want need to RE4.

  5. Lintire says:

    It’s a spin-off, and spin-offs can do whatever the hell they like.

    Umbrella Corps is very… low-fi, though.