It's a veritable Resident Evil 6 news-posting extravaganza today, it would seem. With Capcom's prestigious 'Captivate' event in Rome came a plethora of juicy Resi-related gossip to sink our teeth into, not to mention an exceptionally corking trailer, if I do say so myself. Perhaps the most pleasing of titbits to scurry out of the event would be word of Resident Evil 6's official release date being moved right down to October 2, 2012 — roughly one month earlier than the previous official release date specified. Of course, we're as happy as William Birkin at an all-you-can-eat Umbrella Security Service buffet.
The list of playable characters has also been revealed, with Capcom announcing that gamers will be taking on the roles of three separate pairings of protagonists, with each one headed up by — or related to — a well-known figure from the franchise. According to Capcom, each 'team' will have somewhere in the region of 10 hours worth of playtime, equalling up to roughly 30 total hours of time it'll take for gamers to finish the campaign from beginning to end. Resident Evil 6's Game Director, Eiichiro Sasaki, was able to confirm as much when speaking with NowGamer:
"In terms of length, each character’s story is a little bit less than RE5 but when you combine them together you’re getting something that is much longer. While each character’s story stands alone, all of the characters wind up in the same area of the game, in China, so there is a certain level of overlap. They stand on their own but they do overlap in certain areas. You don’t have to play them all, of course."
And for the hardcore Resi fans amongst us whom care only for the best of the best, if you happen to reside in Japan or don't mind importing, then you can always fork out a whopping $1,300 for the 'Premium Edition' version of Resident Evil 6, an ultra expensive package which makes even Modern Warfare 2's pricey 'Prestige Edition' sound affordable. The Premium Edition includes the following bonuses, according to @markmacd: Full game, 4 phone-cases, and a replica of Leon S. Kennedy's leather jacket.