It’s no secret that Capcom’s latest Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 6, didn’t live up to expectations from either a gameplay or sales perspective. With the less than stellar reception received by the latest installment in the franchise, gamers have been wondering whether or not the series may be in need of a reboot. Oddly enough, it’s now evident that Capcom may have the same idea in mind — at the very least Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata is talking about the possibility of a reboot.
Kawata is currently working on bringing Resident Evil: Revelations to home consoles, but Eurogamer had a chance to catch up with the esteemed RE producer to talk about the future of the series. The possibility of an open-world Resident Evil game was brought up, and Masachika said that some changes would need to be implemented in order to make that kind of game enjoyable while still remaining familiar to longtime followers.
“If we did [make RE open-world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players. It would almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay. That’s just a personal opinion.”
“A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but it is something that… There is a possibility.”
These comments make it seem less likely that an open-world Resi title will be happening anytime soon, but they also gave fans a look into how those involved with the series are thinking of ways to evolve the franchise. According to Kawata, the biggest means of gauging which direction to take Resident Evil will coming from the audience’s reaction to Revelations, but he can see the next game focusing on the horror aspect of the series.
“Once we see Revelations released on consoles, we’ll be looking very carefully at how the title is received and what feedback we get. I think we’ll get a lot of input from the fanbase and the media on what it means for Resident Evil, and what it could mean for the future of the series. We’ll definitely be looking at that as a signpost for where we need to be going next.”
“Moving forward I can see us focusing even more on the horror aspect and fear in the series, and see us making something scarier than we have already.”
There’s a number of things that fans would love to see improved upon in the next Resident Evil game, and the fact that the development team will be listening to the reactions of Revelations players is a promising sign. It’s a little too soon to be talking about the possibilities for Resident Evil 7, but with the next generation of gaming consoles on the horizon, it’s hard not to think of ways that the series may evolve in the coming years.
For now, Chris Redfield enthusiasts can look forward to Resident Evil: Revelations launching on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC this May 21st.
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