Capcom has experienced difficulty in recent years in figuring out what fans want from the Resident Evil series. These efforts were made obvious in Resident Evil 6, which received lukewarm reviews that generally found that the game was trying too hard to satisfy everyone with three kinds of gameplay.
With that in mind, many long-time fans of Resident Evil have been pleased to see Capcom recently return to its survival horror roots in the Resident Evil HD Remake and Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Those fans may be anxious to know if the next Resident Evil will follow in their footsteps, though.
SuperData, a digital games research company, appears to have inadvertently spilled the beans that another Resident Evil game is due to release this year. Capcom hasn’t made an announcement or even hinted at plans to develop a new Resident Evil game, but SuperData had this to say:
“We anticipate this month’s downturn to level off during the coming few months, following a regular seasonal pattern but expect to see an upswing as the next editions of several major franchises like Halo and Resident Evil come out in the 2015 fall season.”
Nothing more has been announced from Capcom directly, but they may be a bit preoccupied, as a physical retail copy of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and a PS4 frame rate patch were released just last week.
SuperData has accurately evaluated and predicted revenue and sales of games such as World of Warcraft and Grand Theft Auto 5 in the past, so it seems unlikely that this is a mistake on their end. In any case, this isn’t the first time that a Resident Evil title has been inadvertently leaked to the public before an official announcement. Box art for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 was leaked a full month ahead of the official announcement on the official Xbox website.
While Resident Evil 6 was mostly a disappointment, Capcom has shown that it’s still capable of creating tension with the Resident Evil: Revelations series. Considering the extremely positive response to the P.T. demo for Silent Hills, it’s fairly obvious that there’s still a huge fan base for the classic survival horror genre. If this unnamed Resident Evil does end up being a brand new game, hopefully Capcom will continue the trend of listening to its fans and bringing some classic anxiety-filled survival horror back into the main series.
Some gamers may decide not hold their breath, however, after Resident Evil 5 and 6 started to become more action-oriented and less frightening.
Are you still holding onto hope that Capcom can create a main series Resident Evil that’ll satisfy your need to be terrified, or will you look to other games for your fix?