In an unbelievable Christmas miracle, Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will allow players to move and shoot. The game is one of two Resi titles planned for the 3DS. Mercs 3D’s controls are similar to those of the previous games, but now you can move and shoot like an absolute don. In amazing fashion, the perspective will switch to first-person whenever you draw your weapon. Apparently, you will also be allowed to use this first-person viewpoint for the entire game.
“We needed to change the control system a great deal for the Nintendo 3DS,” director Kazuhisa Inoue said. “The touch screen is a really great input device, so we definitely want to get the most out of that we can.”
Mercs 3D is based on the Mercenaries mode from previous Resident Evil titles, and includes Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield, Hunk and Jack Krauser. “You can give them skills and adjust their weaponry,” Inoue said. “That lets you adjust them for your own play style while levelling up their skills.
“Each character has varying heal and defence abilities, and some skills let them unlock particular weapon features or defeat certain mid-bosses more easily. Taking advantage of these skills will make the game quicker to play and allow you to raise your characters’ levels more easily.”
Apparently it’s supposed to be pure action with little story. It’s currently 70% complete so could make the 3DS’ grand launch next March. Expect support for online co-op and lots of cool stuff.
“The Mercenaries mode was just bonus material up until now,” fellow director Koushi Nakanishi said, “so a lot of gamers never even got around to playing them, I don’t think.
“You had to finish the main games to unlock them, which made them tough to access in the first place, and a lot of the challenges were pretty sadistically balanced besides.”