Resident Evil Code: Veronica never before seen concept art hits the internet

014 - Contaminant Zombie

[Wasn’t this design later used in South Park?]

Resident Evil Code: Veronica was my favorite entries into Capcom’s long running survival horror franchise. Maybe its because I’m biased due to it being originally a Dreamcast exclusive title (which later got a Playstation 2 port). I’m also the type of person that likes to see unreleased artwork for games, especially concept art. It seems the guys over at Project Umbrella (a Resident Evil fansite) have been sitting on hundreds of pieces of unreleased concept artwork for Resident Evil Code: Veronica and Resident Evil Zero.

From the owner of Project Umbrella via NeoGAF:

We came into contact with freelance concept artist Satoshi Nakai, who was hired by CAPCOM in 1997 at the recommendation of Nextech Co., Ltd to provide concept art for the games under the directions of scenario company FLAGSHIP’s lead writers Noboru Sugimura and Hiroshi Soda.

Only a very small fraction of this artwork has been released by CAPCOM over the years. They are direct scans of the original pages. Also included is a single artwork for a scrapped game originally directed by Masaaki Yamada, featuring HUNK on a cruise ship facing against new plant/human Zombie enemies.

Hit the jump to see over  100 pieces of never before released concept art.

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5 responses to “Resident Evil Code: Veronica never before seen concept art hits the internet

  1. matty says:

    This is interesting. Wasn’t RE:CV originally supposed to be titled RE3, but had to back out of a deal with SONY or something like that? I wonder how SEGA felt when that happened. They could have had a mainline title on their console.

    Personally, CV was when the RE games started to become redonkculus and lost interest in them. In fact, only now I started playing RE5.

  2. Hitrax says:

    Sega actually developed Resident Evil: Code Veronica, in a joint Capcom project, RE:CV has a direct personal link with Sega therefore, Sega put funding into the project with Capcom. RE:CV has the most relation to Sega compared to the rest of the series, it’s casually also mentioned in the credits of the title. I personally think of it as the best Resident Evil ever, at least for the plot, and the pioneering elements in the design for the series as a whole, and of course, one of the Dreamcast’s jewels in the crown, it’s a Dreamcast title through and through still.

  3. Hitrax says:

    * Fans of the series grumbled on about RE5 at first too, fearing it was straying further yet from the Resident Evil formula, I personally think it was a fine project though it obviously is more related to RE4 than it is to RE:CV. I don’t think as many are opposed to it now, now that we have seen the shocker that is RE6, it should’ve been a lot better. All in all, I’d say RE:VC is the definitive title of the original RE style in the same way folks say that RE4 is the best title of the later RE formula.

  4. Gamma says:

    Pleased to see Code Veronica make the news again. Agreed, best RE ever.

  5. LenticularLeo says:

    What episode no. of South Park?

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