I'll be honest; when I first heard about this, I thought "God, that stupid movie is getting even MORE exposure. Why won't they give the game that the damned series is based upon the spotlight for once?" Well, it seems I misspoke... er, missthought. Anywho, it turns out that the Resident Evil game series, which will always hold a very special in my heart, is being featured in one of the Halloween Horror Nights attractions at Universal Orlando Resort this October!
Now, the set up that they are creating will be centered on Raccoon City, which, for those of you who aren't familiar with the early games in the series, is where the whole story began, but it hasn't been featured in a main series game in almost 14 years. With the horrible reception that Resident Evil 6 received, it's not surprising that they are going back to such an iconic setting from the series. It is surprising, however, that they are adding Resident Evil at all, considering the already zombie heavy and much-more-popular-at-the-moment Walking Dead will be featured in its own Walking Dead: No Safe Haven haunted house at the event.
The Resident Evil house, titled Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City, will feature a bunch of your favorite enemies from the original 3 titles, including zombies, Cerberus, those pain in the ass Lickers (see what I did there?), and series favorite, Nemesis. They are also focusing on representing the more minor details from the game, even having one scene appear as if you'd pulled up the pause menu.
Regarding the project and Capcom collaborating with Universal, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, Producer of Resident Evil 6, had this to say,
It's such a great delight to work with Universal on a haunted house based on the Resident Evil games. The games have become synonymous with survival horror and we look forward to delivering a new way for consumers to experience the Resident Evil world we have created in the haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights.
This sounds pretty awesome, but I'm not sure if it'd be worth me flying down to Orlando to check out. Anyone out there making a special trip to Raccoon City this fall to, once again, enter the world of survival horror? Goodluck...