Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi has divulged the first plot details for the next Africa-set survival horror instalment.
Speaking to Game Videos, Takeuchi revealed that after choosing to focus the fifth game's story on the origins of the Progenitor Virus, he had "no choice but to set it in Africa".
"The main reason that we chose Africa as the setting for Resident Evil 5 is actually from a clue that came up in Resident Evil: Code Veronica, where it was revealed that Africa was the original of the Progenitor Virus, which is the origin of all the viruses that appear in the series," he said.
"It's been ten years since the events of Resident Evil 1. One little hint we can give you is that Chris is no longer a member of S.T.A.R.S. and S.T.A.R.S. itself as an organisation is defunct. You might see a little mark on his arm that talks about the new organisation that he's a member of. Who that organisation is and what they're up to, that's going to be another important element of the story."
One question that comes up is about the series' overarching evil corporation Umbrella, and what exactly happened to it since the early games. "Certainly that will be a very important part of the game, to answer some of those questions," reveals Takeuchi.
"In terms of timeline the game does take place shortly after Resident Evil 4 and over the course of the game you will find out exactly what happened to Umbrella and certainly where the story is going to go from here for the continuation of the series."
Capcom's not ending it with five then? Count us surprised.