‘Resident Evil’ Series Could Possibly Be Rebooted

Jan 31, 2013 by  

Resident Evil Game Reboot

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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Source: Eurogamer

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  1. good bring back Clare red field and Leon s. Kennedy team up

  2. Like seriously, all i want is the old style back. i want difficult puzzles and challenging enemies. A massive dark dungeon where you actually…you know SURVIVE.

  3. Great article man! After RE6 and ORC, I really hope they are considering the return to survival horror.

  4. “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.”
    So much contradiction in just one line.

  5. would the old RE, hold up to today’s audience? i can only imagine the old RE style with today’s or tomorrow’s graphics.

    • If you’ve got a Wii or Gamecube you should check out zero and the re-make of 1. Old school Resident Evil with newer, scarier graphics.

  6. an open world resident evil game in essence of other open world zombie games like dead island would be pretty cool. but i doubt it will happen, and if it does, the game will be combat heavy, have stupid boss fights, cheesy dialogue and be nothing like that they promise…

  7. the series needs to go back to its roots instead of trying to be like other shooters out there. the last 3 games have been very weak in the scare factor which is what made RE what it is and to distance itself from that over the past three games has been a big mistake even if 4 & 5 did well but its harmed them in the long run.
    a semi reboot would be good to try distance itself from the last few games and maybe go back to the story lines of the first 3 games and actually make the game scary and fans will love it.
    the other thing that has harmed the games has been the crappy non scary movie with its shed loads of slow motion action scenes, based around a character that doesnt exist within the games and then to poorly use and cast the games base characters (im mean wentworth miller as Chris Redfield REALLY?? REALLY??? REALLY????)
    or they should leave it for a few years to let people forget RE6 and the crappy spinoff that came out just before it. and maybe people will be psyched about the franchise again.
    but again it all depends on what they actually plan to do with the game and how its gonna play and feel to fans.

  8. A reboot is an absolute must imo. The RE series has been a walking zombie franchise (pun COMPLETELY intentional) that needs a bullet square in the head. Since RE5, although arguably before that, the series has turned into more of a poor mans Gears of War and lost it’s sense of identity.

    But no matter what they do. They need to hire some good writers. Not the idiot 12 year olds they must have been hiring to write this dribble. Seriously, it’s like bad fan fiction with a budget.

  9. Looking at recent history, I wonder what Kawata means when he says he wants to focus more on the horror aspect of the series. The recent REs’s scares are all startles; I never feel like there is a real looming threat and struggle, nor do I feel any sense of dread for what might be around the next corner. Actually, I feel pretty confident and well-armed the entire time, now days. Thus, it seems that Kawata’s take on what horror should be in RE games is a little distorted by the supposed demand for action elements; They are not horror games; it’s all just shooting and explosions. This, as many argue, is what has caused the decline in the franchise’s popularity and respect among fans. Hopefully, Kawata intends to make the next RE resemble its N64 and PS1 ancestors a little more.

    • I can agree with the fact that I never really was scared by the RE games (although Lisa Trevor in REmake did have me startled the first time through.) and in all honesty 2 and 3 just felt more action orientated. Now the first one did have it’s share of action but it was more so over the course of the game while 2 (and especially 3) pretty much threw you in the middle of the hoard and slammed the door behind you. A lot of the puzzles in those games were pretty much just having the right item at the right time so I don’t see why those get a lot of praise.

      I think the Resident Evil series is pretty much the same as it’s ever been. It’s almost like Final Fantasy 7. When it came out it was the best thing ever because then it was new and fresh, but now that more games of the genre and liking have come out people have a bigger selection of games and their expectations have grown. Personally I’ll play RE5 over RE2 or 3 any day, and I think the direction they’ve taken the franchise is almost to be expected. Though if they do reboot it, I honestly wish they would just take the early build of RE4 and make that into a new game because that looked like it would be a lot of fun.

      • The early build of the game was made into Devil May Cry lol

        • At one point yes, but there was a build they had where Leon was walking through a mansion setting filled with supernatural enemies.

  10. i would lve to see an open world resident evil based around the mansion/raccoon city incidents,but they would have to do it right, and not have gta style mission system….i would think more along the lines of figguring out some puzzels to open up more of the world and hints along the way as to what you should be doing….either way i think it would be great to see resident evil move in that direction, even if it was just for one game.

    • I honestly think that making it into a more open-world game is just another sad attempt to appeal to the masses. I get that they are in the business of making money, but simply adding popular elements does not make a good game. They already tried this approach when they made it more-action oriented. It’s going to take more than just copying trends to save RE; it’s going to take real, original creativity and a lot of it. If Kawata understands that, then this reboot is going to be huge.

      • well i agree with you on what your sayin, but i just meant i think it would be a good game if they did it right, like i had said no gta type missions and whatnot, honestly though i dont see where anyone thinks any of the newer ones (re4 and up) are bad (with the exception of operation raccoon city, i diddnt care for that much) i mean i see that its getting more action oriented, but where is any real innovation going to come from a story about an evil organization that spreads deadly viruses, eventualy its always going to move towards action, i mean, how many different zombie scenarios were there going to be before all the same people complaining about action would have started complaining about the same old boring zombie stoies (not that i think they are, just using as an example) theres always going to be people that dont like the direction any ip goes if it goes in a different direction than it started, but in all honesty i like the new games just as much as the old ones (although i do like the old games better), it just seems to me that they tried some sort of innovation with the series, cause really, how many “new” inovations are there before resident evil becomes something completely unrelated to what it started out at

  11. I love the whole Resident Evil franchise and everything it has to offer i hope they come out with more and i get why they dont do zombies anymore although i do love seeing like 1 zombie and being to scared to go down a hallway like on RE1 but i also understand that now that is is up to date like 2012 and 2013 who the heck would make slow zombies to take over a world and they cant even control the zombies but javo thats smart right i mean i understand fans wnat zombies but honestly i just want Resident Evil and more story and more character and MORE CLAIRE REDFIELD :D

  12. Personally….i loved Re6

  13. I think the biggest problem with Resident Evil 6 was that they made some various changes, which served the purpose well of trying to evolve the game to modern gameplay whilst also keeping the traditional horror aspect. While that was completed quite well, Helena for example, was one of the least likeable characters of all of Resident Evil. Her character was flat, one sided, and overall dull and forgettable. It also seemed that Capcom forgot about alternative costumes during the campaign, seeing as it was the first RE title ever released that didn’t have the option. The story of Resident Evil 6 was quite well told, featuring the four seperate campaigns, and demonstrated that they have almost mastered the art of Resident Evil, they just can’t formulate everything we want into one single game. Resident Evil 6, while my favorite title of the series, was just another extension of proof after the Resident Evil 5 flop (Although that one comes at a close second for me) That the series is just getting old. We need a bigger turn around, something bigger. After six games of nothing really happening, we need something huge, a real kick for the series to succeed at its former glory. This may just be a gleam of light at the end of a dark tunnel for Resident Evil as a whole.

  14. i want more Rebecca chambers

  15. do a reboot and leave Clare redfield and Leon s. Kennedy us main charecters of the story

  16. Just redo resi 1 and 2 with hd graphics that would be me happy . All the games that have had a hd collection why not the old resi games

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