Let’s face it. Resident Evil is a mere shadow of what it used to be. Once a shining example in the survival horror genre, its focus has shifted to being pretty much a straight-out action experience. Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata has said that the franchise could get a much needed reboot – provided it retains “what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans.” Wait. What?
That’s a bit of a bloody cheek, don’t you think? As long as it retains “what Resident Evil is?” Just like the last handful of games have? Diluted action experiences that retain not a damned drop of what made Resident Evil a worthwhile brand in the first place?
Speaking to Eurogamer, Kawata said any such reboot would *sigh* have to be accessible to newcomers and would “almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay.”
“That’s just a personal opinion,” he said “A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but it is something that…There is a possibility.”
Any chances of a reboot would come based on feedback from the console port of Resident Evil: Revelations – which was one of the better titles bearing the name in recent years.
“I think we’ll get a lot of input from the fanbase and the media on what it means for Resident Evil, and what it could mean for the future of the series,” he said. “We’ll definitely be looking at that as a signpost for where we need to be going next.
“Moving forward I can see us focusing even more on the horror aspect and fear in the series, and see us making something scarier than we have already. If anyone is waiting for an open-world Resident Evil, I think it will certainly be quite a while.
“So in the meantime, I recommend giving Revelations a try.”
Is it too much to ask to get something a little more along the lines of Resident Evil 2?
I’m starting to think that if anything needs a reboot, it’s Capcom.
Last Updated: February 1, 2013