Resident Evil Might Be Going Back To Its Roots

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When Resident Evil 4 was released in 2004, the series changed dramatically. The games were more about action rather than survival horror. It appears Capcom is listening to fan feedback and the next Resident Evil titles will bring the horror back to the franchise.

Capcom’s Masachika Kawata spoke with IGN about the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations for consoles and the future for the franchise.

He stated the reason the game became full of action was to please the “Western Market”. With games like Call of Duty topping the charts, Capcom felt this was the direction to go. After the poor fan reception that Resident Evil 6 received, it appears the franchise will change once again.

“Survival horror as a genre is never going to be on the same level, financially, as shooters and much more popular, mainstream games. At the same time, I think we need to have confidence to put money behind these projects, and it doesn’t mean we can’t focus on what we need to do as a survival horror game to meet fan’s needs. We are always taking in to account user feedback, even when the users’ are very upset about something.”

The best quote he said was: “The most important thing with a Resident Evil game is to bring across that feeling of horror and fear that’s such a part of the series.”

Kawata served as the producer for Resident Evil Revelations and 3DS gamers have called it one of the best Resident Evil games to be released in a long time. If Resident Evil Revelations is well received on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, we may see a new direction for Resident Evil 7.

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Damian Antony Seeto

Game reviewer from New Zealand. Been writing since 2009.


  1. Resident fanguy
    February 2, 2013, 1:05 PM

    I understand where Mr Kawata coming from with the changes to please the western players. But I just wanna say that the original RE from ps1 is what all started this great franchise. I think to change the game how it meant to be play will never be good. I understand changing direction to make more profit but thats risky because RE franchise is known for its horror and I think if you change that RE franchise will never be the same.

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  2. kayleigh
    February 2, 2013, 5:46 PM

    As long as they keep jake i dont care what they do….

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  3. DavieMcGuire
    February 3, 2013, 6:18 AM

    hahaha capcom listens to fans well i see no still frame games i see no resi 1 2 or 3 reboots for xbox or ps3 the last real resi game was code veronica and even at that it was pants compared to the zombie games before. please capcom go back to ur roots way back to resi 2 and keep the still frame dnt dare change the fucking story and keep leon and clares 4 senareos in it and also keep hunks senario and bring in mercinaries and get rid ofthese gay viruses we want the T and G virus

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  4. Fatima
    February 3, 2013, 6:25 AM

    As long as they keep Leon, i don’t care what they do. :p
    And Resident Evil 4 is for me the best one. It just combines survival horror and action perfectly, also great graphics and voice acting. The only bad thing about it is that sadly, it was a bit far from the story. Resident Evil 4 had a great story, but it’s too different from the others, Umbrella could’ve even not been in the game and it still would’ve been the same. So, as long as they continue the main story, and put in some great horror and action like Resident Evil 4, it will be perfect.

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  5. Fatima
    February 3, 2013, 6:28 AM

    Ohh Also puzzles!! I just love those puzzles! Thinking hard to put something together, and feeling so satisfied and smart once you do… It’s priceless! :D haha

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  6. ZeroWeskerX
    February 3, 2013, 10:23 PM

    About time Capcom started listening to it’s fans. We are the ones that stay up until midnight in full costume to buy these games after all. I agree that the last real resident evil game was code Veronica, and I for one would like to see remakes of 2,3, and code Veronica in the same way as REmake, but I would love to see a new one that had the same atmosphere as the earlier games. As for my opinion of RE7, it should finally bring back Rebecca and Claire, even Jill since she is one of my favorites. Give Chris and Leon a break for a little while, and killing off Wesker was a mistake no matter how you slice it.

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  7. trickycustomer
    February 4, 2013, 2:02 AM

    Since when did western fans want more action? What a load of bullshit! Resident evil is nothing like call of duty! Their sales have failed for trying to turn their best franchise into something it not ie action shooter.

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  8. marley05
    February 20, 2013, 11:23 PM

    Resident Evil started to loose its way from resi4
    YESSSS it was a Good Game, a Change of Pace, New Look and Feel that was much needed after Resi X and YES i did enjoy it… but i could already see the road they was taking that i didn’t like much (yes im a resi 1,2,3 fan).
    then income the care package and out ,with survival-horror which i couldn’t believe my ears RESIDENT EVIL a Action survival Game ie. 3rd person cod shooter. if i wanted an action game i would buy Call of Do the Same Dam Thing Every Year Game.
    Now its painfully obvious that my views are correct and maybe now capcom has seen the light thus thy shall return to the darkness from whence they came, smelly swears / creaking doors & eyeball shoulder popper’s, all that good stuff! not to mention the relief when you hear the safe room music ;) ooooh give me some sugar baby!

    Zombies dont have to be badass killers but running in packs wile chasing you down in small corridors sounds like fun & also you dont need guns in abundance, ull be crapping urself if u run into a few of them with a single pistol in a small room with 3 bullets left then a licker or nemesis comes busting in thats survival horror! not “ill drop kick that hook foot followed by zangief style back breaker” wait for it….. cue the explosion (get to the Chopper)

    i want that same feeling back in Resi 3 when the Nemesis first appears through that dam window and you had to walk down the stairs known something messed up is going to happen when u get there due to the sound of the breaking glass 30 seconds before hand. obviously dont do it the same way ps4 and eggs box 720 have the power to push things in some crazy directions please take full advantage of it and stop looking at the top ten chart!

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  9. ResidentEvilPSone
    February 21, 2013, 3:41 PM

    The main reason on why Resident Evil newest franchies fail, is that they dont listen to their fans

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  10. JayBlo
    March 2, 2013, 7:21 AM

    This is exactly what they said before making resident evil 6…. wtf. “We want to bring resident evil back to its horror roots and make the game scary again” — then resident evil 6 came out like it was a Call of Duty game and now they are saying the same crap…. Resident evil 7 will fail for sure and then we will get the same “We don’t know how to make a game for everyone” — GUYS! JUST MAKE A SCARY GAME WITH HORROR ELEMENTS! DON’T MAKE IT ACTION!!!!!! Derp.

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