Resident Evil producer talks horror-focused reboot

Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata has spoken out on potential changes to the series in the future, addressing long-term fan complaints regarding the dissipation of the franchise's survival horror elements by stating that "it’s important for us to have users’ needs in mind when making the games".

While he acknowledges that the series' latter-day bombastic action/shooter direction is a more commercially viable route than traditional survival horror, he does note that the two do not have to be mutually exclusive.

"Survival horror as a genre is never going to be on the same level, financially, as shooters and much more popular, mainstream games. At the same time, I think we need to have confidence to put money behind these projects, and it doesn’t mean we can’t focus on what we need to do as a survival horror game to meet fan’s needs"

As for specifically what those fans' needs are, and the means by which Capcom could fulfill them?

"...I think a lot of what people want now is to have Chris and Jill in a game, or they want it to look like Resident Evil used to look like. That’s what makes the game work for them. We should be able to start from scratch and reboot it. It would still be Resident Evil. We wouldn’t lose the essential nature of what makes it a good game just by changing the characters."

And that essential nature? Referencing last year's distinctly disappointing squad shooter Operation Racoon City, Kawata muses that in light of the game, "I would say that I review my thoughts on that [the importance of action]. But I think it’s undeniable to say the series returning to its roots is important, and those roots are horror."



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  • DREAMCASTSATURN - February 3, 2013 5:22 a.m.

    Capcom, are you listening? Release Resident Evil 1.5 as the reboot. We've been wanting it for over 10 years.
  • Churchy99 - February 3, 2013 1:53 a.m.

    Didn't the original 3 Resident Evil's all become some of the best selling games for the first PlayStation? If so I'm having a hard time swallowing the notion that horror doesn't/didn't sell. I hate to be cynical but if they do decide to return to horror for the series, I'll only believe it when I see it!
  • Fetalspray - February 2, 2013 5 a.m.

    Apparently its impossible to fuse survival horror and and action to make a successful franchise because theres no money in it, well I'll be damned. (Cough... Dead Space... Cough)
  • oli-wright - February 2, 2013 4:47 a.m.

    I played the Resi 6 demo for about 5 mins and felt sick! Erghhh what a mess, this decision should have been made after Resi 4. I just hope they stick to this statement!
  • RedSoul - February 1, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    While it's great that the return to the 'horror' emphasis is being discussed, I think it's a bit of a weak gesture to do this after RE6 came out. This should have been a talking point in the company back when they were reviewing ORC. To me, it looks like they wanted to cash in big on RE6 as a shooter since it's A) a commercially safe genre and B) it's got Resident Evil on the label. Now after making as much as they can from loyalists of the series and casual newcomers, they suddenly decide to focus on the fans of the survival horror RE games. Here's hoping they actually mean this.
  • interasteral7 - February 1, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    I thought Resident Evil: Revelations was a reboot for the main Resident Evil series.
  • RonnyLive19881 - February 1, 2013 2 p.m.

    I hope they stick to that direction
  • RonnyLive19881 - February 1, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    About freakin' time
  • shawksta - February 1, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    For the greater good it seems, just dont make it a reboot people will suddenly go apeshit on like ol smug Donte
  • Sy87 - February 1, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    That sounds real good. I hope they can make a good survival horror with the improvements they did made. Did they really think they can match COD? If that was there way to compete with 'shooters' they are way off. I thought original resident evils did good financially. RE:ORC was bad. I hope they don't have anything half assed like that again. To the future!

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