Japanese Newspaper, Sankei Shimbun, seems to be confident when they state that Capcom is indeed working on a new Resident Evil title that will definitely be announced at the coming E3 in June. While Resident Evil 5 & 6 have not really been pegged as fan favorites as opposed to 4, there was a statement that Resident Evil is going back to its roots with the installment in the series.
While Resident Evil: Revelations on the Nintendo 3DS and later on for other consoles, the game managed to give the series a bit of a jolt and revive the faith of the series once more, lets hope Resident Evil 7 will be one to hit a home run.
According to an interview with a member of the Capcom EU PR Team back in August of 2013:
“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 added: “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.”
Even though some specifics are missing, it is highly likely that Capcom could definitely be working on a new Resident Evil since it is a legacy title for them and abandoning it would be a very foolish idea.
Resident Evil 7 has been in the rumor mill for quite some time now and has made subtle appearances some times over the Internet but will this news hold much water at the arrival of E3?
It’s also worth mentioning that Sankei Shimbun is a prominent and reputable publication in Japan, perhaps they may know something that we don’t?
Even though the article has only mention of PS4 version, it is the norm for Japanese newspapers to only mention the PlayStation consoles for multiplatforms too.
What do you think of the likely hood of the news being accurate? and more importantly, would you be able to go back to the roots after having games like Resident Evil 5 & 6 hold your hand through out the experience with unwanted gimmicks such as Quick Time Events that have no place in a survival horror game.