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.

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5 Comments on Resident Evil Could Be Getting Rebooted With Focus On Horror And Fear

SevenCell

On February 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

Pretty sure this is word for word what they said before they released Resi 5 and 6.

Fletcher

On February 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

@SevenCell

Pretty much. I remember after they released Resident Evil 5 that they were thinking of rebooting the series and going back to its survival horror roots. It’s a shame they didn’t just do it then. Now though, I don’t think I could trust them with a reboot after the entire fiasco regarding DMC.

Loveless

On February 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Open world is a turrible idea. Just turrible.

I really enjoyed Revelations on the 3DS (you guys should cover some more Nintendo stuff BTW), I really hope it does well ok the new consoles. It wasn’t RE2 survival horror but it was hands down better than 5 or 6, even if it did have Chris’s biseps taking up most of the screen as with the others. If they reboot they really need to look at what made the first two games such a success. Hell they could just HD the rerelease for Gamecube and start there. Action isn’t what made me an RE fan. Looking at my inventory seeing 4 rounds of ammo, a red herb, 2 empty guns and a knife knowing I have 4 zombies in the next room and have to kill them all is what Resident Evil was all about. This whole take it in a new direction thing is what has been wrong with the #’d series for the last 2 games.

Just my opinion but they need to bring back both the survival and the horror after the fiasco that 6 was.

R.J.

On February 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

If they really mean it, then I give them credit for acknowledging that they goofed. But this is also Capcom, which has a tendency to say things that sound good, and then not do them. I seem to recall that they said they weren’t going to keep selling DLC that is actually on the disc, and yet they keep doing it.

gasmaskangel

On February 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

If ever there was a series in need of rebooting it’s Resident Evil.