Looks like Capcom can’t wait for Gamescom to begin. The yearly gaming expo will kick off tomorrow in Cologne, Germany, and already there is a lot of anticipation building in the air, what with all those rumors floating around and trailers being posted on YouTube. Capcom, the company behind classics such as the Street Fighter and Mega Man series, has announced a new multi-platform title that promises excitement and a unique futuristic plot once it hits stores in May of next year.
The name of the new Capcom game is Remember Me, and it will be developed by French company Dontnod. If this palindromic new developer doesn’t ring a bell, it happens to be the new company set up by former Criterion Games developer relations head Oskar Guibert, art director Aleksi Briclot and Alain Damasio, a science fiction writer. It probably isn’t a coincidence that the name of Remember Me’s heroine also is spelled the same forward and backwards. Players will step into the shoes of disgraced memory hunter Nilin, who herself cannot remember a single thing after being arrested. And as you guide this character through the streets of Neo-Paris circa 2084, your job will be to help her recover her memory…by stealing those of others.
As evidenced in the trailer, Remember Me will be an action-packed adventure with a heroine who has the potential of becoming this generation’s answer to Lara Croft of Tomb Raider fame, in terms of physical ability and appearance, that is. Well, that’s just me, but what’s important is that the title delivers on the promise indicated by the announcement video, attractive lead character notwithstanding. And we’ve got about nine months to wait before we find out.
As a side note, Remember Me is apparently the same “Adrift” that Capcom had originally previewed at the 2011 Gamescom convention. In part, Adrift’s description read as follows – “Augmented reality and manipulation memorial took control of people’s lives. You can now buy, sell or exchange its own memories.” It also describes the “rise of social networks and geo-location” at the onset of this century. Hmmm, so that’s the havoc Facebook has the potential of wreaking some 70 years from now.