Has it been that long already? Yup!
Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the release of the original Resident Evil on the PlayStation! Amazing, isn't it? I'm pretty sure we've actually got forum regulars who're younger.
So where are we now - 15 years later?
Here's a "top of my head" list of what's at least on the horizon;
We've got not just one, but TWO films coming out;
-Resident Evil - Damnation, which is a CG movie set in the game universe and thus likely to be just as canon as the previous CG movie.
-Resident Evil 5, which will be the fifth movie in the movie franchise. Scheduled for a late 2012 release. Not sure if this has a proper name yet.
We've also got a fistful of games and rumored games coming out (pardon me if I'm forgetting anything special or a billion mobile productions);
-Resident Evil - Mercenaries 3D, which is a handheld "mercenaries mode"-only for the new 3DS. Features both new and old stages and characters.
-Resident Evil - Revelations, which is a handheld (again, 3DS), story-driven game set somewhere before the events of Resident Evil 5.
-Resident Evil - Portable, which is ... uhm ... who knows. Originally announced for the PSP and then just went radio silent. Maybe it's moved to the NGP? Very old rumors suggested an Outbreak-ish game for the PSP.
-Resident Evil - *something something*, which is, well, a title only rumored to be in development by none other than one of the SOCOM devs. If all rumors are to believed, it might be an Outbreak-ish affair. Could this and portable be one and the same? Either way, listing this since after the Dead Rising / Blue Castle rumor thing turned out to be very much true ... I'll honestly believe anything as long as Capcom's name is associated with it.
-Resident Evil 6, which is not even announced, but... hey... we all know it'll happen. It's just a matter of WHEN!
Community wise, what's going on these days?
The chaps over on Project Umbrella are ever so busy with their research. Churning away at any piece of research and story content they can find, in order to piece together the most extensive wiki-presentation of what's what, who's who and the like for the Resident Evil universe.
The people of the Resident Evil Center continue to amaze me with their efforts and I love their burning passion.
I'm not sure what's going on the other sites and communities around the globe, such as REfan, BHF and Biohaze, but I'm hoping everyone's doing great and celebrating this 15th Anniversary with style. At least I couldn't help but notice that Yama and cvxfreak is at least marking the occasion with once again whipping up a pretty impressive thread over on NeoGAF.
And I guess we shouldn't forget about Jerome's hard work on the Patient Zero movie project. They've got a total of 6 Behind the Scenes sequences up now, and recently announced that the release has been pushed into September. If you're on Facebook, I strongly suggest that you help spread the love for their hard efforts at Resident Evil Fan Films by liking their Facebook page
Now, where were we?
As you probably could guess based on the sloppiness of this post... we sadly didn't really get a chance to properly whip anything special together for this occasion, but here's where the site stands at the moment; Our moderators are doing a fantastic job keeping an eye on things, I'm trying to pretend I have a social life (whilst at least attempting to maintain contact with people and keep track of their whereabouts), Dot50Cal's in the middle of relocating again (hopefully for the last time this time) and everyone is very much looking forward to getting whipped back in action by him.
Hopefully, once we're well into April, we can get a few of our rather shamefully delayed releases and projects whipped off the ground again and start properly updating things around here again. (And, yes, I know we've probably been saying that for a while now). And, uh, speaking of releases... this certainly seems attention worthy too. Right?
Happy birthday, Resident Evil!
PS: Sorry about the lack of a Jill Sandwich -> Jill Pie -> Cream pie competition. You're free to post pictures of your delicious cakes and pastries if you'd like, and I'll see if I can dig out something to reward you with for efforts (as if being encouraged to eat cake/pastries wasn't reward enough). No guarantees, but it'd probably have to be something unRElated. Sorry.