Resident Evil Could Be Getting Rebooted With Focus On Horror And Fear
The latest game in the Resident Evil series (no, not the upcoming “Revelations” spinoff), Resident Evil 6, wasn’t too well received by fans and critics alike. Our very own Phil Hornshaw criticized the game for its dumb and puzzling design choices, and the fact that playing it alone felt like more of a chore than a challenge.
Needless to say, the reputation of the Resident Evil franchise suffered thanks to Resident Evil 6 and Operation Raccoon City before it—so much so that Capcom may be planning to reboot the series and start anew.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Masachika Kawata, producer of the upcoming Resident Evil: Revelations port to consoles, said that the series reboot might take Resident Evil into an entirely new direction—perhaps away from what fans are expecting.
“If we did [go with an open-world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players. It would almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay. That’s just a personal opinion,” he said.
“A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but it is something that…There is a possibility.”
The developer says that the future of the series will depend upon how well Revelations is received by fans and critics, to whose feedback they will be paying close attention.
“Moving forward I can see us focusing even more on the horror aspect and fear in the series, and see us making something scarier than we have already,” said Kawata.
Resident Evil has certainly become a lot less scarier in its latest instances, so a return to the series’ roots might be in order. Even if they do decide to give the game a more open-world feel, it wouldn’t hurt to make the series scary again.