Looks like Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition is coming to North America under a new name: Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition. Previously, Capcom said it would arrive in the West in downloadable content only. However, it looks like they’re taking the double-route and offering a complete new copy of the game sold at retail as well as the option of downloading the content.
The complete Gold Edition comes with two new episodes, new costumes, and a new “Mercenaries Reunion” mode featuring eight new playable characters and weapon loadouts.
On the downloadable side, if you prefer to not go out and purchase a whole new game, here are the dates.
- “Lost in Nightmares” Episode – Feb. 17, 2010 (Xbox 360), Feb. 18, 2010 (PlayStation 3)
- Costume Pack 1 – Feb. 17, 2010 (Xbox 360), Feb. 18, 2010 (PlayStation 3)
- Episode 2 (TBA) – March 3, 2010 (Xbox 360), March 4, 2010 (PlayStation 3)
- Costume Pack 2 – March 3, 2010 (Xbox 360), March 4, 2010 (PlayStation 3)
The Gold Edition will sell for $49.99 when it releases on March 9, 2010 with all the downloadable content already on disc for the PlayStation 3 version, and redemption codes to download the content for the Xbox 360 version. No prices have been announced for the downloadable content by themselves, though.
Check out new screenshots of the upcoming episode and downloadable content screenshots at the gallery.