If you’ve been playing Resident Evil since the PlayStation One days, you might have picked up that games from that franchise have become something different. You’ve changed man, you’ve changed. And you can blame the Gamecube for that.
Speaking to IGN, series creator Shinji Mikami explained that the poor reception of the Gamecube Resident Evil remake was the reason why future games had veered off into a please-as-many-demographics-as-possible direction.
Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake, I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.
An experience which may have an influece on Mikami’s next game, The Evil Within. That game looks like it’ll be set firmly in the survivor horror genre, but it’ll have a touch of action according to recent previews of the game. “I have kind of a lingering trauma there, because the Resident Evil remake didn’t sell – much more than people would think,” Mikami said.
At the same time, it’s a bit unfair to throw all the blame on the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil. That game was superb, but it was on a system that was quite frankly failing at the time. Resident Evil 4 was a welcome departure though when it came afterwards, while 5 swapped horror for thrills and 6 lost the plot completely.
Hopefully, Resident Evil 7 will go back to what made the original games so memorable in the first place.