Capcom Intends To Turn Resident Evil Into Call Of Duty
You might want to take a moment to practice sighing with exasperation. You might even want to flex your facepalm muscles. You’re going to need them. Statements made by Capcom producer Masachika Kawata suggest that the Resident Evil series will likely continue the development that started with the (excellent) 4th installment in the series until the only thing they have in common with the series’ classic games is the name.
The series began as survival horror – they basically invented the genre – only to transition, beginning with Resident Evil 4, into more action-based games. And Kawata is now confirming in an interview with Gamasutra that there’s no going back. “Especially for the North American market,” he says, “I think the series needs to head in that [action-oriented] direction. [Resident Evil's primary games] need to be an extension of the changes made in Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.”
The thing is, Resident Evil 4 was great. Yes, it removed the fixed camera mechanic that had grown a bit stale by 3, and yes it had a lot more straight up action, but it retained the punishing resource management system, claustrophobic rooms and the zombies were really freaky. It was a pretty perfect balance between survival horror and action, but everything Resident Evil related since then has basically gotten rid of everything but thre zombies. Not that change is bad, mind you, but it’s the direction that matters. And it seems Capcom might be grasping to keep Resident Evil current without thinking whether or not it suits the series:
Looking at the marketing data [for survival horror games] … the market is small, compared to the number of units Call of Duty and all those action games sell. A ‘survival horror’ Resident Evil doesn’t seem like it’d be able to sell those kind of numbers.
Yeah, this is basically a lot like Domino’s Pizza deciding that they need to be more like McDonald’s when they really just need to make better pizza. So, yeah, I guess we can pretty much look forward to the Resident Evil series ending up like Castlevania.