Executive producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, on asked why zombies have returned in Resident Evil 6 (they were last seen in a major RE release with Resident Evil Zero), answered in as detailed a manner as possible.
We brought zombies back because they’re popular. Everyone loves ‘em, that’s why we brought them back.
Hard to argue with that.
Then again, they aren’t the same as before. Dead Rising and The Walking Dead served as inspirations, and the zombies can even utilize weapons now.
The zombies when you first see them, they shamble around slowly. But, if they spot you or they get closer they break out into a sudden dash and try to grab you…Some of them will leap out at you.
It’s not that they are purposely using weapons, it’s in the back of their mind because they used to use weapons before they became zombies.
Resident Evil 6 is due October 2nd 2012 for PS3 and XBox 360.