Due for launch later this year - presumably to coincide with the Japanese release of the CG film of the same name - Capcom has dutifully converted and optimised the classic horror/survival series for the N-Gage platform.

"We're thrilled to bring another major franchise to our N-Gage platform," said Gregg Sauter, Director of Third Party Publishing, Nokia. "Resident Evil Degeneration will serve as an exciting new chapter for fans of the series and deliver a unique gaming experience that they will not be able to achieve anywhere else. "

Based around the same events of the upcoming feature length movie, series stalwarts Leon Kennedy and Clare Redfield return and attempt to thwart a terrorist-released virus outbreak at a US airport. The N-Gage adaptation promises to feature top quality 3D graphics alongside multiple missions and two different modes of play.

"The release of Resident Evil Degeneration illustrates our dedication to N-Gage," said Takeshi Tezuka, general manager of Capcom's mobile division. "We believe that the platform is an excellent home for some of our most famous franchises and our dedication to quality and creative thinking has seen us create a unique game with stunning visuals and in-depth game play, never before seen on the mobile."

We can only hope the west won't be left hanging for too long while our Japanese gaming brethren are spoiled rotten with two fantastic new Resident Evil entertainment avenues. Halloween would be the perfect western release date, don't you think (hint hint, Capcom)?

In the meantime, sit back, relax and die in agonising terror with the movie trailer below.

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