You know you have to absorb all the Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City information you can. It's like a bodily function for horror aficionados.
Capcom talked to OPM France about this new installment in the venerated franchise, and you can find much of that info over at NeoGAF : firstly, they call the new title a "spin-off" (big surprise there), and yes, we'll have four squad members who attempt to clean up Raccoon City. Producer Masachika Kawata confirmed that they're taking RE in a "new direction," which is why the game "doesn't have a number." He added:
"As you know it's our fifteenth anniversary, which is a long time for a video game series… Some players came to the series when it made a turn towards action [in Resident Evil 4] (still with horror elements, though). This design led the series towards third-person shooter.
The idea [to work with a Western developer] came up when we were working on Lost Planet 2," he added. "We didn't have any other teams internally to work on it. Western studios are known for their ease of development, and in terms of gameplay, this genre."
He went on to say that Slant Six was "well known for their online games and their coding skills," which is obviously what they were looking for. And if you're worried that the designers will sacrifice that patented fear for standard military shooter elements, Kawata attempts to appease you:
"I want to clarify something, even though [this is] a shooter, there are still tons of horror elements."
Related Game(s): Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City