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Take Me Back to Raccoon City Where the Zombies Roam Free and the Chance of Survival Is Really Low

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Capcom released a trailer for a new Resident Evil game, not numbered, but subtitled Operation Raccoon City. From the footage, it looks to be a bit more like Left 4 Dead or even a SOCOM game than the last few RE games, so it’s cool that they’re shaking it up a bit, although who knows if or how much multiplayer will be involved. Also, as you can probably glean from the title, it takes place back in the zombie-filled Raccoon City from Resident Evil 2 and 3 — oh, and Leon Kennedy is coming back for some reason, although he seems oddly surprised that the city he left full of zombies is… well, still full of zombies. Anyways, the game isn’t due until next year, so we’ve got plenty more time to figure out what the hell is going on.

PS: How much do you think Capcom USA regrets approving the name “Raccoon City” back in the day? I’m sure they did it without thinking of the series’ franchise possibilities, and now they’re stuck with it. It’s seriously hard to convey horror when you’re in a city named after a cute critter whose most evil acts include knocking over trash cans and rummaging through them. That’s why other zombies movies don’t take place in places called “Squirrel Town” or “Pretty Penguin Island.”

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.