In 2008, Capcom and Sony pictures released “Resident Evil: Degeneration,” the first full-length motion capture CG animation feature based on Capcom’s best selling Resident Evil game series. Different than the live-action movies — which star Milla Jovovich as Alice — “Degeneration’s” focus is on original “Resident Evil” characters Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Since “Resident Evil: Degeneration” was a financial success, producing a follow up to the 3D animated picture was a bit of a no brainier.
Today, at a little convention you may have heard of called Comic-Con, Sony and Capcom debuted six minutes of footage for the eagerly-awaited second chapter, titled “Resident Evil: Damnation.” In it, protagonist Leon S. Kennedy returns and he’s caught in the middle of an Eastern Europe war zone. Ada Wong fans will be pleased to know director Makoto Kamiya and producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi included her in the “Damnation” storyline, yet they remained tight-lipped about her involvement.
When asked about Milla Jovovich’s character and whether or not she’d be in any sequels, Kamiya expressed his desire to keep each world separate so fans can enjoy each universe on its own merit. As for the timeline, the events in “Resident Evil: Damnation” occur before “Resident Evil: 6,” which will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 October 2.
In the preview, lickers are prevalent and even more menacing. Rendered to perfection, we get a better look at them in the daylight. What’s also impressive is the overall environment the characters inhabit. The detail is so exact that one may not be able to differentiate from real life and fantasy, which makes for a very creepy experience. Of course, this is what the filmmakers intended and what fans crave.
Look for “Resident Evil: Damnation” on Blu-Ray and DVD after its Oct. 27 theatrical release in Japan this fall.
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This whole franchise is a guilty pleasure for me.