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.