After the closed beta at the end of January, Capcom is now opening the door for the multiplayer offshoot Resident Evil Re: Verse to anyone interested in an open beta. Between April 8th and 11th, players can slip into the role of one of the popular characters in the horror game series and fight for their survival with five other competitors. The beta is available on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, if you own a current-gen console, you can play the corresponding variant for the previous console.

If you don’t like the multiplayer component, you can take a look at the free Maiden demo for Resident Evil Village instead.

Classic deathmatch games





Each of the characters brings their own skills.  Jill Valentine, for example, has a deadly melee attack with the Hot Dogger.



Each of the characters brings their own skills. Jill Valentine, for example, has a deadly melee attack with the Hot Dogger.

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The gameplay of Resident Evil Re: Verse is very simple, at least in the beta. With Deathmatch only one mode is playable, the only map is the Raccoon City Police Department, RPD for short, known from the second part of the main series. Five players choose one of the franchise’s popular characters in advance and then have to try to get as many kills as possible in five minutes. Continuous series of killings earn more points, as does defeating the top three players. The same applies if you bring down the player who previously defeated you. In the event of a defeat, points are deducted and whoever has collected the most when the time runs out wins.

In addition to well-known protagonists such as Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield and Jill Valentine, there are also popular supporting characters to choose from with Ada Wong and Hunk. Each of the characters has two active abilities and one passive power, which should support them in their struggle for survival. For example, Jill Valentine can control the surroundings by placing two land mines, while Hunk tends to strike from the shadows thanks to his ability to camouflage. In addition to a standard weapon with unlimited ammunition, each of the characters also has an individual variant whose ammunition supply is limited. You can’t run, but your mobility is enhanced by an evasive role.




Delicious lunch: The biological weapons you transform into when you die are tough.  But there are fewer points for successful kills.



Delicious lunch: The biological weapons you transform into when you die are tough. But there are fewer points for successful kills.

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But it doesn’t stay human for long. If you bless the temporal in the game, you transform yourself into one of the terrifying biological weapons from the main series. Which it is depends on how many virus containers you collected in your human form before you died. Without a container, it is just enough for a thick mold, which is rather lame on the road, but can blow itself up with a lot of penetration.

With a virus container you get control over Hunter γ with his huge mouth, or over the head of the Baker family, Jack. Just like with the gruesome creatures Nemesis and Super Tyrant, for which you must have collected two virus containers each, chance decides which of the two monsters you transform into. Bioweapons are much stronger than their human counterparts. But there are fewer points in the monster form if you get a kill. So Capcom has definitely thought of a balanced gaming experience.





In addition to the special weapons, the virus containers are the most important items in Re: Verse.  The number of containers you collect affects your monster transformation.



In addition to the special weapons, the virus containers are the most important items in Re: Verse. The number of containers you collect affects your monster transformation.

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Aside from the virus container, there are other items that you should look out for. Green herb, for example, restores some life and you can refill your individual firearm with ammunition. After a minute has passed in the round, special weapons can also be found. They only have one shot, but they are particularly effective. Regardless of whether you cause area damage with the rocket launcher or paralyze the enemy with a stun gun: The special weapons are important tools on the way to victory.

Server stuttering spoils the gaming experience

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The eternal sorrow: Even today, every multiplayer beta still has to struggle with server problems.



The eternal sorrow: Even today, every multiplayer beta still has to struggle with server problems.

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Technically, Resident Evil Re: Verse is a mixed experience, at least in the beta. If you’ve successfully found a round with four other players, the multiplayer is by and large pretty smooth. No drops in the frame rate, no disconnections, no bugs. Unfortunately, the emphasis is on “if”. Because for each match found, there are around ten player searches that are lost due to connection errors. According to the information in the game, this is due to a faulty internet connection. But since it otherwise ran smoothly, the crashes can probably be attributed to the game’s own servers.

Capcom confirmed this fear on the first day of the beta on Twitter, there were massive failures including a spontaneously initiated downtime for server work. Let’s hope this situation doesn’t repeat itself when the game launches. Because having to wait ten minutes to be able to play a round is pretty annoying in the long run.

Resident Evil Re: Verse, like Resident Evil Village, is due to be released on May 7th. If you buy the eighth part of the main series, you even get multiplayer for free.

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