It looks as if Resident Evil will join Halo, Call of Duty, and Super Mario Bros in the growing list of popular video games that have received a gritty YouTube reboot. The likeabosstvnow channel has released a trailer for Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City, a dark adaptation of the zombie-filled franchise set to release on February 28th.
Welcome To Raccoon City will follow three of the series most popular protagonists: Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and Jill Valentine. Director Jay Lee has also hinted at an interactive element, imploring viewers to “Watch as three different story lines unfold before you! Better yet…you get to choose who to follow!” If the trailer is any indication, we can expect plenty of dark corridors and shadowy assassins along each path.
The series’ cast is a laundry list of notable web creators. Travis Richey and Helenna Santos-Levy, both of whom currently appear in Community spinoff Untitled Web Series about a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time, are in the cast alongside GOLD creator David Nett, Bite Me star Risdon Roberts, and Stephanie Thorpe of After Judgment and the upcoming ElfQuest adaptation.
Welcome To Raccoon City‘s creative team had the solid idea to combine two of YouTube’s hottest trends: zombie series and video game adaptations. Thus, the upcoming series could be a huge hit with the Machinima demographic. Whether it actually strikes its mark remains to be seen.