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Over the years gamers have developed a love-hate relationship with Resident Evil. Many want the game to go back to its horror roots and bring back the survival aspects that have been replaced with more Hollywood blockbuster moments. Well, Capcom teases that they may return to the series' horror origins.
Siliconera picked up quotes from a recent Q&A session in the 600th volume of Dengeki PlayStation. They managed to ask various developers some questions about some titles, including any possibility of Resident Evil 7 being in development and perhaps the series getting back to its horror roots.
Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi was informed about the community's perception of the Resident Evil series at the moment and how they feel as if the game has moved far away from being about the horror-survival aspects, to which Kobayashi responded...
Since there’s been more spinoff titles, I can see how it can be perceived in such a way. And of course I believe that we should produce titles that bring out the horror. I’m thinking about it and also preparing for it.
Preparing for it? That sounds like Kobayashi may be pitching the idea to Capcom's higher-ups at some point.
Just recently producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi had confirmed that Capcom had given them the greenlight to produce a remake of Resident Evil 2, something that fans have been asking of Capcom for the past couple of years.
The excitement over the Resident Evil 2 remake gained a lot of traction as various gamers and community members began building prototypes and modifications using upgraded assets from the original Resident Evil 2 and running it in new-school engines like the Unreal Engine 4.
Gamers began consistently asking Capcom about the possibility of remaking the game in a legitimate manner for home consoles and PC and Capcom obliged.
Given the lukewarm reception to Resident Evil 6 and the whole issue of DLC and microtransactions, anticipation and excitement for Resident Evil 7 has been somewhat of a wild card.
Kobayashi seems to understand where the chatter resides for a seventh canonical entry in the long-running horror-action series, and resolved to say – in regards to a new Resident Evil – “We’re currently not at a state to talk about it… but please stay tuned.”
I imagine they're talking over the specifics of a new game in the series and where it fits in following the release of the upcoming Umbrella Corps and Resident Evil 2's remake.
Part of the fear that gamers have about a seventh entry in the series is that in Resident Evil 6 the game was more action-oriented than horror-oriented (save for the university and city sections of Leon's campaign). Gamers are teetering on thinking that Resident Evil 7 could turn into another Michael Bay action fest.
Well, we'll have to wait and see what Capcom comes up with, but the fact they're teasing a new game will just help build some hype for a new title. As for Umbrella Corps, it's due for release in early 2016 for home consoles and PC.