November 18th, 2009, 19:15 Posted By: Shrygue
Capcom revealed last week that Japan's Resident Evil 5 Alternative Edition would be coming our way in the form of download content for both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Today, Weekly Famitsu came through with specifics on the content and pricing.
At least four content packs will be offered for the game:
- The Lost in Nightmares Episode (500 yen/400 MSP): This includes the previously announced new episode that pairs RE5 hero Chris Redfield with RE series veteran Jill Valentine. Famitsu confirms a one hour gameplay time for the episode as well as a frightening new enemy who haunts the halls underneath Spencer's mansion. Also included in the pack are EX figures and two characters for use in Mercenaries mode.
- Costume Pack 1 (200 yen/160 MSP): This includes two costumes, EX figures, and two characters for Mercenaries.
- Unannounced New Episode (500 yen/400 MSP): That's right, Lost in Nightmares isn't the only additional episode! Sadly, Famitsu doesn't have any details on this additional scenario. As with the Lost in Nightmares DLC, it will include EX figures and two characters for Mercenaries mode.
- Costume Pack 2 (200 yen/160 MSP): Like Costume Pack 1, this includes two costumes, EX figures, and two Mercenaries characters.
The "Mercenaries" mode listed above is actually referred to in the magazine as "Mercenaries Reunion." According to Famitsu, the rules for Mercenaries Reunion are unchanged from Mercenaries. The Alternative Edition disc release will give immediate access to characters who weren't available for use in the original Mercenaries. Aside from that, we're unsure of the differences.
As for those new costumes, Famitsu provides a look at just two. Sheva will be getting a new red hooded "Folklore" outfit. Chris will go wild with a new Warrior outfit that has him sporting shades but missing a shirt.
Most of the Famitsu article is about the Alternative Edition disc version, which has yet to be announced for release outside of Japan. The disc will include all the above content along with the main Resident Evil 5 game and all the previously released RE5 DLC. In Japan, the disc version will arrive on February 18, priced at 4,990 yen -- about 3,000 yen less than a typical high profile Xbox 360 and PS3 third party title.
The downloadable content will hit some time in March. Capcom hasn't shared international details yet, but we're going to presume a similar time frame for the content outside of Japan.
Oddly missing from Famitsu's coverage of Alternative Edition was mention of PS3 motion controller support, a feature which was promoted heavily when the game was first announced at the Tokyo Game Show. We were hoping that a February 18 release for Alternative would imply a similar time frame for Sony's wand controller. As with the RE5 DLC's international release, we're going to have to wait for an official comment on the matter.
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