‘Resident Evil 5’ box art revealed — plus, 5 new screens

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Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 5Capcom has released the official box art for Capcom’s third-person survival/horror action game Resident Evil 5, coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Friday, March 13. According to Capcom, the imagery “gives players a sneak peek into the nightmarish world of Resident Evil 5 as the art shows off the most thrilling new features in the game including the action-packed new 2-player co-op, the setting of Kijuju where light and darkness bring new horror and mysterious scribbling that represent a fear that no fan will forget…”

Hit the jump to see the entire cover art for Resident Evil 5 — plus, five new screenshots!

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The newest game in the RE series looks to continue its trend of scaring the crap out of gamers with the addition of enhanced lighting effects, destructible environments and co-operative online play. Chris Redfield, protagonist of the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Code Veronica, returns and is joined by a beautiful new partner: Sheva Alomar. Together they seek the truth in the heart of darkness — Kijuju, a volcanic wasteland in Africa where a dormant virus threatens to cause new evil.

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Here are five new screenshots of Chris and Sheva shooting and carving up virus-infected crazies:

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Resident Evil 5 from Capcom

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Some background on the game, also from Capcom:

The biohazard threat has not ended: Just when it seemed that the menace of Resident Evil had been destroyed, along comes a new terror to send shivers down player’s spines. Chris Redfield, returning Resident Evil hero, has followed the path of the evil literally around the globe. After joining a new organization, Chris heads to Africa where the latest bioterrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures.

He is joined by a new partner, Sheva Alomar, who lends her strength, intelligence and sharp-shooting skills to the mission. In order to survive, Chris and Sheva must work together to take on the challenges of discovering the truth behind this evil plot. Utilizing a revolutionary new 2-player co-op mode of gameplay, players will be able to assume control of either Chris or Sheva and experience Resident Evil in new ways. In Resident Evil 5, Capcom will have players fearing the daylight as much as they have feared shadow in previous games.

Images courtesy of Capcom; Scott Kirchhofer contributed to this report

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