Few series have had such ups and downs and extremely different reactions than Resident Evil, in particular with the last few iterations. Developers have not only acknowledged this fact, but have taken it a step further by potentially basing the future of the series on the next release, Resident Evil: Revelations for the Xbox 360, Wii U, and Playstation 3.
Read on to see how the developers plan on doing this, and where the series might go next…
In an interview with Eurogamer, Masachika Kawata, a producer at Capcom, was asked whether he felt that the series might change the formula for the next iteration, such as an open world style. In his response, the idea of a reboot was entertained. Kawata said:
If we did [go with an open-world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players. It 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 also added that “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.” For fans who might be waiting for the open world to happen, Kawata has a few words of advice. “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.”
When discussing the port of Resident Evil: Revelations to the Xbox 360, Wii U, and Playstation 3, Kawata, who is working on the game now, explained that reception of this game would play a crucial role in determining the future of the Resident Evil series.
Once we see Revelations released on consoles, we’ll be looking very carefully at how the title is received and what feedback we get…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. We’ll definitely be looking at that as a signpost for where we need to be going next.
Kawata also hinted that one direction the series might take is to place much more focus on the horror element of the game. He remarked, “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.”
Resident Evil: Revelations will release on May 21st in the United States and the 24th in the United Kingdom this year.