Episodic gaming! Get the whole family in, crowding round the computer at 9 o'clock on a Monday night, excited to see how they'll resolve last week's cliffhanger. Did Wilfred...? And surely Fanny won't...? Who swiped the Super Shotgun anyway? Oh, if only! Often it's more like waiting for the next Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special, trying to remember if they were rich or poor last time, and who's even still alive. Did Del Boy survive that fall through the bar? Was it all a coma dream?
Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be properly TV-episodic. Capcom have announced that they'll release the spooky shooter in four weekly episodes in "early 2015", which is quite novel and exciting.
Downloadable episodes will cost $6 apiece, while the $25 season pass and later $40 retail disc will include mysterious "additional game content" too.
"Fans will be able to share in the experience and participate in the weekly conversation around the drama" Capcom said in yesterday's announcement. Seems they're hoping for that TV sort of buzz, and I'm quite keen to see how it works out. I suspect that for many it'll be more the case of watching the first episode on TV, forgetting about it, then later going on a DVD box set binge. (A box set, for our younger readers, was sort of a YouTube playlist you could actually touch and buy and display on a shelf to show off how cultured you were).
Oh, and Capcom have said what the game actually is, beyond the assumed 'third-person game where you shoot monsters'. It stars Claire Redfield and the daughter of Barry Burton, Moira, because Resident Evil can't help but connect everything in some way. They end up on an island filled with monsters, which they'll need to shoot. It'll have other modes on top of the episodic story too. More details on its site and in this new trailer: