Resident Evil series to return to its roots
Capcom has decided to take on board fan feedback, and Resident Evil will be returning to survival horror...
The critical response to Resident Evil 6 wasn't really the feedback Capcom wanted, and both reviewers and gamers were quick to vocalise their disappointment with the series' increasing move to action-focused play.
Aside from Leon Kennedy's outing in the sixth main entry of the series, much of the game had little to no horror elements at all, focusing instead on frantic combat and QTE set pieces. It was a decent enough game taken on its own merits, but when stacked up against the previous entries in the series, it was left wanting, and now Capcom would seem to agree.
Talking to MCV, Capcom's former head of marketing, Michael Pattison, said that the company has listened to both reviewers and fans, and from this point on, Resident Evil will take a new direction.
"We have obviously seen the consumer response and the PR response," he 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.”
He continued, “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."
It's certainly going to be a turnaround Resident Evil fans will be happy about, and the current action-heavy trend started by Resident Evil 5 will hopefully spell the end of poor entries such as Operation Raccoon City.
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