Resident Evil Resistance, the asymmetrical multiplayer game included with the upcoming Resident Evil 3 Remake, can currently only be played on Xbox One.
Yesterday was the release of the game’s open beta, which was slated for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam. However, PlayStation and Steam users quickly ran into matchmaking issues.
“We’re aware that PS4 users trying to play the Resident Evil Resistance beta are experiencing matchmaking issues at this time, and are working on resolving the problem,” tweeted the official Resident Evil Twitter account yesterday. “Please stay tuned for further updates. We appreciate your patience!”
We’re aware that PS4 users trying to play the Resident Evil Resistance beta are experiencing matchmaking issues at this time, and are working on resolving the problem. Please stay tuned for further updates. We appreciate your patience!
— Resident Evil (@RE_Games) March 27, 2020
Later in the day, Capcom announced it had pulled the beta offline. “Due to technical issues, there is a delay for the RE Resistance Open Beta on PS4 and Steam,” tweeted the account. “The XB1 version is unaffected and is available. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as we can and will keep you updated. Apologies for the inconvenience.”
Due to technical issues, there is a delay for the RE Resistance Open Beta on PS4 and Steam. The XB1 version is unaffected and is available. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as we can and will keep you updated. Apologies for the inconvenience.
— Resident Evil (@RE_Games) March 27, 2020
As of the writing of this article, the open beta can be downloaded on the PlayStation Store, but it doesn’t work. On Steam, it would have launched a few hours after its release on consoles. However, the technical issues had already become known by then, so it didn’t get to properly launch for PC. Capcom has not elaborated on the technical difficulties further than this.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world across all industries, including game development. Millions of people are engaging in social distancing and self-quarantine (as we all should if we’re able) to flatten the curve and help stop the spread of the virus. This does mean most game developers who work in studios are now working from home. As a result, even though the developers at Capcom are likely working extremely hard to get these issues resolved, it’s anyone’s guess as to when the beta will be available for players on the other platforms. Considering Resident Evil 3 Remake will be released in a week — and that the open beta for Xbox One will run until then — one has to wonder if the open beta will make its PlayStation 4 and Steam debut at all.
Resident Evil Resistance will be the latest addition to the asymmetrical survival horror game genre, which has been expanding in popularity since the release of Dead by Daylight in 2016 and Friday the 13th: The Game in 2017. Although similar games like The Blackout Club and Last Year: The Nightmare have gained a good number of players and fans, no game has quite matched the numbers of Dead by Daylight. As of the writing of this article, it has a concurrent number of over 44,000 concurrent players on Steam; its biggest competitor has been Friday the 13th: The Game, which boasts a modest amount of 1,000 concurrent players.
Fans of the genre who don’t play Dead by Daylight, such as myself, are itching for a new fun asymmetrical horror game. I’m hoping Resident Evil Resistance is the latest my friends and I can enjoy, which is why not being able to play the beta has been a huge bummer.
In Resident Evil Resistance, you’ll play as either one of four survivors or the mastermind they are facing against. As the game’s website states, “Survivors will win if they manage to escape before time runs out. The Mastermind will win if they manage to prevent all survivors from escaping.” Interestingly, in comparison to most other games in the genre, the Mastermind won’t directly engage with players; instead, they’ll control cameras, cards, and creatures to accomplish their goal of keeping the Survivors in the depths of Raccoon City.
Resident Evil 3 Remake, and Resident Evil Resistance, will be released on April 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.