Resident Evil 2 remake producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi says that the fan response to Resident Evil 6 is influencing the development of the newest game in the series.
While fans wait for concrete news on what the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake will entail, Capcom’s Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, the game’s producer, has spoken about what has influenced its development. According to Hirabayashi, one of the main influences behind the development of the Resident Evil 2 remake is how fans responded to Resident Evil 6.
Before Resident Evil 6 released, every main series Resident Evil game had launched to above-average reviews and overall positive critical reception. Resident Evil 6, meanwhile, had lukewarm critical reception at best, and was generally criticized for abandoning the franchise’s horror roots for a more action-oriented approach. Since fans responded negatively to Resident Evil 6‘s take on the RE universe, Hirabayashi claims that they can expect the Resident Evil 2 remake to avoid making similar mistakes.
Whether this means that the Resident Evil 2 remake will have an over-the-shoulder camera like the more recent Resident Evil games or if it will return to the fixed-camera method that the older games used remains to be seen, however. That being said, Hirabayashi has also said that his experience working on the original Resident Evil remake has also helped in the development of the upcoming Resident Evil 2 reboot.
“[The Resident Evil] GameCube remake was my first project at Capcom. I was able to learn from more experienced colleagues and see with my own eyes how they translated their efforts into such a masterpiece that built on an already well-received game. It was an incredibly valuable experience for me.”
As many fans know, Capcom has also recently released a remaster of the Resident Evil remake, as well as a remaster of Resident Evil 0. Hirabayashi has also pointed to the remasters as being important learning experiences going into the development of the Resident Evil 2 remake, which may indicate that the game will have more in common with those games than Resident Evil 6.
Whatever form the forthcoming rendition of Resident Evil 2 takes, fans will likely rest easy knowing that the feedback to Resident Evil 6 is what’s influencing the game’s development, as opposed to Resident Evil 6 itself. It will be interesting to see what route Capcom takes with the game, and whether it will play more like a modern Resident Evil title or if it will be more in line with the older games in the series. All things considered, whatever Capcom decides to do with Resident Evil 2 could mean major ramifications for the franchise as a whole, and its success (or lack thereof) could play a factor in the shape that the rumored Resident Evil 7 takes.
The Resident Evil 2 remake is in development for unspecified platforms.