Capcom say Resident Evil fans “would be really sick” of the series if every game was a survival horror title – and that’s why they’re eager to shake things up.
As the series has grown and expanded over its 15-year history, Resident Evil has branched out from its survival horror roots with co-op, light-gun games and an action-oriented arcade mode. And according to Capcom producer, Masachika Kawata, it’s a decision they’ve made to offer the variety fans want from the series.
“At the core, basically, we want to make the best use of our brand,” he stated in an interview with Gamasutra. “Resident Evil is an IP, and a franchise, that people have loved for a long time. It’s still very, very popular and we’re very, very happy about that, and we want to basically answer all the requests that we get about the series.”
“People want to see a lot of different experiences within the Resident Evil universe, and so we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to answer those requests with a lot of different experiences, in different forms, in games.”
The latest in this attempt to diversify the Resident Evil series further is the upcoming Operation Raccoon City, from Socom developers, Slant Six Games. Announced earlier this year, the third-person co-op shooter pits the Umbrella Security Service against a US Spec Ops force in the chaos of the zombie outbreak in Raccoon City.
Is this another step towards the dilution of Resident Evil really is, though? The action emphasis in the last numbered instalment, Resident Evil 5, left many fans disappointed that the game had abandoned its survival horror heritage. Kawata disagrees and sees it as a way of keeping the series fresh:
“I’m thinking that if we would have brought out all these Resident Evil titles, and they were all focused on survival horror, absolutely I think people would be really sick of Resident Evil.”
“And so by creating these different experiences, we think that certainly some people’s expectations will be violated, but that’s, in our minds, a good thing, and it will hopefully get people to play something that they weren’t expecting.
“And by going in a lot of different directions, I’m pretty confident that people are going to still be enjoying Resident Evil for a long time.”
If you’re not convinced, and hankering for a Resident Evil that is unmatched in survival horror, you might want to head on to Xbox LIVE or PSN and grab the HD remake of Resident Evil 4 – if you don’t have it already.
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