I think we're all in agreement when it comes to picking the new trailer of Resident Evil 5 as one of our E3 highs, especially as we weren't expecting to see anything of it for a while.
Producer Jun Takeuchi has revealed that protagonist Chris is a member of the 'BSAA' (you could see the letters on his patch in the trailer). Obviously the game takes place in and around a desert but initial events appear to happen in the village seen in the trailer.
Chris is sent in to check it out and that's when things get a bit mental. Once there he comes across a new form of enemy, which Takeuchi says are of human form with intelligence. They're not just zombies anymore...
There'll also be a female character, which fans of the series will recognise apparently. We can expect her to make a brief appearance in the extended trailer due out later this month - which we're told is far better than the E3 one.
Takeuchi also said that the most challenging aspect of development on Resi 5 is bringing in new ideas that work with the Resi 4 gameplay system.
It sounds like the majority of 5 will be played from the same third-person, over the shoulder, as 4. Takeuchi also promises a surprise, whcih he feels is an obvious evolution for gameplay.
Finally the Japanese producer touched upon how important light is and there'll be plenty of what sounds like High Dynamic Range Lightening in the game to us.
He gave the example of Chris walking into a building that has a pitch black interior and having to wait a second for his eyes adjust. the same will go for when you run outside. Cue shit-scary zombie-ghoul surprise moments when the screen's in full glare then.
We can't wait. But it doesn't look like we'll be getting our hands on it anytime soon and it's not been announced when in 2008 the game will appear. We don't even know if it will be 2008, but that doesn't bare thinking about. Thanks to Famitsu for a sprinkling of new details then (via IGN).
See the trailer here.