Capcom: More Traditional Resident Evil In The Works
Its been a weird time for Resident Evil. The series seems to be stuck in a loop between has been and what will be for quite some time- and nothing shows this more than Resident Evil‘s 20th Anniversary starting with not only Resident Evil 0 HD, a remastered classic horror game, but also Umbrella Corps, which is an online-only tactical squad shooter that doesn’t even have Resident Evil in its title.
But worry not, for Capcom is promising that Umbrella Corps isn’t a sign of what the future of the series will be. At least not entirely. In an interview with GameSpot, Capcom producer Masachika Kawata clarified the company’s plans with the Resident Evil brand:
Resident Evil still means survival horror to most people, but it’s also a brand that has evolved over time. It’s been around for 20 years, and over that time it’s seen a variety of spin-off and side titles. We think it’s important to have a variety of experiences within that single brand.
I think some people might have been surprised that we came out with a third-person shooter like this. But creating experiences that branch out from the core, mainline franchise has always been part of the Resident Evil series. Of course, if people are looking forward to games that are more back on the main track that we’ve released so far, we’ve got stuff in the pipeline in that direction too. We’ve got a nice selection of experiences that can suit most players.
This is very welcome news, as despite leanings toward the more classic style with the Revelations series and a number of remasters (and remakes, let’s not forget the upcoming Resident Evil 2 REmake) many fans are starting to drift further and further away from the series in search of something more akin to the older games. And if we get that in the future, I’ll be perfectly fine with whatever genres Capcom decides to tackle on the side.