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.

Despite the fact that this is just a terrible idea, the whole article is worth reading on Gamasutra. Via Destructoid

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5 Comments on Capcom Intends To Turn Resident Evil Into Call Of Duty


On March 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm

In a few years we my look back and realized Call of Duty changed everything, and most of it will unfortunately be regrettable


On March 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

im done capcom(or should i say cashcom). This company used to be something great but now all its done is crush me with corporate bull like ultimate marvel vs capcom and street fighterXTekken character DLC(DISK LOCKED CONTENT). but now this!?!? NO SIR!! they had their chance, Ill be keeping my money for a company who gives a .


On March 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

Sad that Ono worked himself to collapse. It’s not you mate- it’s your damned company!! Speaking of which- what are the odds they’d try to kill TWO of their biggest series in such a short time? First Devil May Cry, and now Resident Evil…

Jacky C

On March 27, 2012 at 5:49 am

So much of this going on lately, more and more games from once great companies are becoming streamlined, super easy and unoriginal.

Indie games are great, but it would be nice to see big budgets going into innovation rather than rehashing once again.


On March 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

When Call Of Duty will be tossed apart by a new genre, Resident Evil will change it formula again. Just stop being crying babies. I’m still looking forward for Resident Evil 6 and Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a great game.