The Resident Evil series has been around for just short of seventeen years and remains one of Capcom’s key franchises despite Resident Evil 6’s mixed reception from critics and fans following its release last October.
The next Resident Evil game for home consoles is RE: Revelations – an enhanced port of the 3DS title released early last year. The game shares many similarities with older Resident Evil titles which focus more on claustrophobic environments and limited ammo than modern entries in the series do.
Speaking with Eurogamer, RE: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata said that Capcom will be closely monitoring fans’ reaction to the game in order to determine which path to take for the next entry in the 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 stressed that future games in the series will most likely embrace the fear aspect of the survival horror genre, and that an open-world Resident Evil game won’t be happening any time soon:
“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.”
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Resident Evil: Revelations will be released for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC on May 21st in the US and May 24th in European territories.