Resident Evil will return to its series roots

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Resident Evil has really taken one hell of a detour in recent years. What was once originally a horror game of Stephen King proportions has now become the Michael Baysplosion of action games. A move which no one has been happy about. And that’s why Resident Evil is going back to basics when the sequel eventually rolls around.

Speaking to MCV, Capcom’s former SVP of marketing Michael Pattison remarked on how wildly different the scores had been for Resident Evil 6 (BOO!) and Resident Evil Revelations (YAY!). “We have obviously seen the consumer response and the PR response,” Pattison said.

There was some great positives out of that, but it was a mixed bag, as we saw from the review scores. We have got to take that on-board, we can’t ignore that, and we have to take that onto the next game when we make the next Resident Evil.

With Resident Evil 6 specifically, we probably put too much content in there, there were comments from consumers that said it felt bloated. The Leon missions went down very well, and because we did Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS, there was a cry out for us to focus our attention on survival horror, rather than be too many things to all people. You’ll find where we go next will likely be more targeted at our core fanbase.

A lot is said about the saturation of this zombie, post-apocalyptic survival horror. But it is still alive and well. The Last of Us shows a good direction of what the consumers want. Tomb Raider as well, we spoke to R&D and they looked at that and they enjoyed that experience. I think that proves there is still a strong market for that sort of content.

I’d be sad to not see Resident Evil appear in the near future. This last generation may have resulted in several games that Tokyo-drifted away from its roots, but fans are forgiving. And if Capcom can bring the tension back, make the user interface less cluttered than my toolbox and focus on making the best game in one genre, instead of ALL the genres then they could have a game that will bring the fans back.

Hell, I’d be first in line for a Resident Evil experience that would help me shed some weight via poop-frights.

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

    Where the heck is AndriyP to comment about this??

    • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

      Does he still visit the site?

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    In all honesty I have given up hope for Capcom and RE …. after the BoF 6 announcement, I am seriously done with this company

    • Brenz

      I know what you mean man, seriously, fuck them for that.

  • Hammersteyn

    Didn’t Capcom say survival horror is dead or some bullshit like that?

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Seems they 180 degrees tokyo-drifting around in a circle

      • RinceThisandholiday

        Everyone seems to be doing that these days. I want them to remake RE4, then I will be happy.

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Naa, F Capcom, will wait for Evil Within, I’m still mad about Breath of Fire

          • Brenz

            I am really looking forward to Evil Within too, but RE does a special place that I will reserve just in case it goes back to what it was.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Indeed in my heart too, I do hope it goes back to the way it was ….

      • Hammersteyn

        So Capcom is probably planning exclusive titles for the new XBOX???

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Lol, Birds of a feather flock together and drift forever

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      “hey guys, survival horror genre is dead. action is where it’s at.”
      make an action game based on a survival horror franchise that doesn’t sell well.
      “well that was a surprise.”
      a survival horror game makes a lot of money.
      “hey guys, we’re going to make a survival horror game.”

      • RinceThisandholiday

        Speaking of different genres, I have either Hitman Absolution or Dishonored to play. Which do I choose?!

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Dishonoured…………..Beauty of a game

          • RinceThisandholiday

            Okay, deal. Will launch that sucker after gym and scones…

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Oxymoron much!!! lol Missed ya on LG man!

          • RinceThisandholiday

            Hehe, glad you picked that up ;)

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Well I enjoyed Dishono(u)red, Hitman Absolution is on backlog.

          • RinceThisandholiday

            Motha fucker. I note the dropping of the U! Stupid autotype! But yes, I’ll give that a crack today.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That wasn’t a typo – it’s that damn ‘murican spelling that I don’t like lol

          • RinceThisandholiday

            No,l it was a typo on my behalf! Merica!

        • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

          Both are great, depends on your mood, realistic/supernatural?

          Also, guess who has TWO more Lagz tshirts than you…

          • RinceThisandholiday

            I don’t get it :( Gav tells me he hasn’t even received them! And I have paid already! Someone is lying here…

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            I HAVE PROOOOOOF

          • RinceThisandholiday

            If you have a new LG T-Shirt Gavin is a lying skunk! *Releases flying monkeys…

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            Maybe he doesn’t like you……

            :P

          • RinceThisandholiday

            I fear you may be onto something. He never takes my calls at 2am, and never, I repeat, has NEVER sent me flowers, even after that whole Kirstenbosch incident…

  • Jonah Cash

    I played RE2 again last week, just because it is still probably my favourite game…. So if they can do it like that then yeah, otherwise just go and jump of a bridge or something!!

    • JasonDK

      lets hear it for a resident evil 2 remake?

      • RinceThisandholiday

        2 or 4! Definitely!

        • JasonDK

          I think 4 would be more realistic, but not an HD remake! It’s not enough. Resident evil 2 would change too much because of the pre-rendered backgrounds which also added to the atmosphere and feel I think.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Nemesis?

        • JasonDK

          Not a bad Idea actually but 2 has a special place in my childhood. To be more specific, my soiled poepvangers!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Upvote for using poepvangers!

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            Upvote for your upvote!!!

            EDIT: Changed to downvote since you like sparkly vampires

          • JasonDK

            Upvote for upvoting my upvoted comment!!!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Yo dawg lol

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            UPVOTECEPTION

      • Jonah Cash

        I would put up money that I got from mortgaging my house for them to make a “new Resident Evil 2″!!! I know it from back to front and it is till engaging and scary… Those damn dogs when you go into the sewer for the first time…
        I think the ribbons save system should make a comeback????

        • JasonDK

          Yes! That rewarding feeling from not using a save once and no first aid sprays and knowing that if you die here…it’s all over. I cannot tell you how many times it’s happened :(

          • Jonah Cash

            I played my ass off for months to get to the end, got trapped in that small room with the dog/beastie… And I only had handgun bullets left, and not for the big handgun noooooo, only for my 9mm…. I had to replay the whole freaking game, because I only save over the same spot with every game!! Now that was the good old days, no reloading of chapters to make different choices!!

          • JasonDK

            I can’t agree more. My holy grail of gaming :)

  • JasonDK

    I have never had my joy crushed so much that I had to swallow my pride and admit that Resi 6 was WORSE than resident evil survivor. I still can’t bring myself to finish Resident Evil 6. That being said there may quite well be hope for the franchise but I’m honestly leaning towards the evil within more than the next resident evil title.

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Amen, looking forward to Evil Within !

      • JasonDK

        Still a long time to wait but it will be worth it. From what I’ve seen and read the Godfather can NOT mess it up. He knows exactly what to do with it.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      LALALALALA TOLD YOU SO! :P

  • RinceThisandholiday

    I really enjoyed Revelations and was constantly wondering why the fuck RE6 wasn’t in the same light. Who decided to go the Baysplosion route? And CAPCOM tells US that survival horror is dead? Is it just me or does it seem like developers/Corps believe that if they say something, it will be so?

  • ALKi1234

    Resi 2 was my first psone game ever and it was one of the most memorable gaming experiences i have ever had, so yes please.

    • Jonah Cash

      Was my first as well, couldn’t afford a memory card and a game… Man I replayed the first two-three hours of that game for 3 months before I had the cash to buy a memory card!!

      • ALKi1234

        WHAHAHAha same here man,the first time i died was with that crocodile in the hallway,had to start all over again.Good times.

  • Rock789

    Love the Resident Evil franchise… But am ‘kinda ok’ with the latest efforts. Would love a return to the original, survival horror roots. Revelations shows that it can be done!

    Also enjoy the RE movies, for the “skop-skiet-en-donner” movies they are… But they ain’t scary whatsoever! So me thinks, in recent years, the RE movies have influenced the RE games, more than the other way around.

  • Brenz

    RE1 was my first psone game i ever played.
    Back in those days I was still trying to convince my old man to buy me and my brother a console, so we had to rent it from the local videorite, with no memory card, and play all weekend long, petrified of dying and starting all over. the good ol days!

    Eventually we got the console and our own copy of the game :)

    I have such amazing memories from this series, it really was a part of my life as a gamer growing up, and then they flushed it down the shitter, as they do with all things we hold dear.
    To see it return to its former roots and glory would be amazing, one of the things we are missing dearly is pure shit yourself survival horror.

  • silverscorpio

    About time that Developers and Publishers realize they cant please everyone.

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