Resident Evil reboot possible

Capcom producer Masachika Kawata says rebooting the long-running series is possible, but not until "a lot of decisions" are made.

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A Resident Evil reboot is possible, according to Capcom producer Masachika Kawata. Speaking to Eurogamer, the designer was asked if Capcom would consider changing up the series formula--perhaps making it open-world--after the polarizing reception of Resident Evil 6, to which the idea of a reboot was mentioned.

"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," he said. "That's just a personal opinion."

"A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but it is something that…" he added. "There is a possibility."

Kawata is currently working on the recently announced Resident Evil: Revelations port for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U, due out in May. He said the reception to this game will impact the direction Capcom heads in the future with regard to Resident Evil.

"Once we see Revelations released on consoles, we'll be looking very carefully at how the title is received and what feedback we get," he said. "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."

One possibility for the future of Resident Evil, Kawata said, is for Capcom to place greater focus on the horror component, making "something scarier than we have already."

Capcom has previously said a Resident Evil 2 remake is possible with enough fan support.

Discussion

700 comments
l_pochi_l
l_pochi_l

My Resident Evil series died after Resident Evil 3. Some people claim RE4 was the best but I believe that's the origin of Capcom's failure (esp. Plaga). RE4 was good but they should've not release it under the main storyline of Resident Evil.  Predecessor RE5, RE6 are definitely failure copies of RE4; Capcom gave too much super abilities to main characters and turned game from Survival Horror to Survival Action.  

If they are only targeting for mass, then they should keep doing what they are doing right now but the game value depreciate in short time (RE6: $59.99 - $39.99 in just 3 months LOL) then Capcom require to spam bunch of small Add-ons to cover up losses. They should definitely need to spend some time to develop next RE.  Core Resident Evil fans are getting tired and out of patient.

If they are really thinking about rebooting Resident Evil, I think open world style is good consideration.  RE4, RE5, RE6 storylines are so linear and way too scripted. I would love to see Resident Evil in massive map like Fallout series and Skyrim series.  It would be very interesting if PC version of open-world RE is moddable like Bethesda games and Capcom officially support mods.

Lastly, Capcom, please stop adding bunch of short movies, cut scenes, and button smashing crap in the next Resident Evil series... people are tired of those "Hollywood Style Visual Effects" and smashing buttons... all the cut scenes give us too much information and game turns out very very very predictable...

sweetSWA99ER
sweetSWA99ER

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. 

- Bill Cosby

Capcom, that was your mistake with RE6.

ALLIAMOS
ALLIAMOS

old camera and amazing graphics,

i think its better to mix the camera style ,mix RE clasic  camera style and the new style camera like re4

ALLIAMOS
ALLIAMOS

old camera and amazing graphics,

i think its better to mix the camera style ,mix RE clasic  camera style and the new style camera like re4

ALLIAMOS
ALLIAMOS

we need re 1,re 0,re 2, re 3 re Cv ,re 2,re 2,re 2 re 2 remak with many stupid zombie.

no open world .

Graze90_Z
Graze90_Z

well the game needs a reboot but keep it under 3 titles or it will lose the elements of surprises

AzatiS
AzatiS

When 9 out of 10 resident evil fans BEGGING for a Resident evil 2 remake or something similar for more than 4 - 5 years now ( after RE4 fiasco then RE5 fail and RE6 epic fail ) on official capcom forums and not only ....

They still need to wait for players feedback in order to understand which is the best direction to take in order to revive RE series ? Unbeleivable...


Crapcom...

LunaVertigo
LunaVertigo

Honestly, they just need to produce a game with the same initial theme they had in the first three instalments. I just stopped caring after RE4 simply because the fear aspect was no longer applied and continued with unrealistic weaponry and random accounts of zombie infections that were not likely possible. I miss the feeling of fear when you had to enter a new room, concerned about whether or not a zombie would await you; the interactive dialog with the doors and people's notes, also the ambient sounds and creepy music that made me on edge. It's not too late, the series can be revived if they just payed attention. What destroyed them was their attempt to appeal to a new audience.

ithual
ithual

Resident Evil on Gamecube was the way it should be. These new 3rd person style Resi games are not the same. The series has only died since they changed the formula. I miss the exploration and the puzzles. I actually enjoyed back-tracking, spending most of the game in one mansion. As a guy who grew up with Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil when first released on Playstation was the game I've always waited for, and each instalment had me running to the shops. Since part 4 I just don't care anymore. Please Capcom, listen to your fans... reset Resident Evil to how it used to be. Make some games that fill in the 10 year gap of Code Veronica and Resi 4.

bannermanner
bannermanner

Put the old girl out of her misery, Capcom.  This series is no longer salvageable.  Move on to something new.

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

at this point it doesn't even need a reboot. it just needs to be put to rest. How long does this story need to be dragged out? it's over. Reboot dino crisis or something instead

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

I say "no" to open world.  Use the tried and true formula and make it even scarier.

GodMan7
GodMan7

Whatever path they take I'll support RE wholeheartedly 

vallan2
vallan2

Personally, what made RE so good for me was the non-linear exploration of the mansions and the interconnectedness of the rooms.  I mean, how many different ways could you go to get to a different room,  with their own creepy crawlies inside and not knowing whether or not what was in that room was going to kill you?  it made the whole survival aspect more real, and just walking into a whole room of zombies or mutant dogs while your heart monitor ominously flashes a deep red makes me nervous.  Bring that fear back!

davehodson
davehodson

they need to take a good look at the sales over the years... resident evil 1 amazing so was 2 and 3, and code veronica even resident evil 0 and i have to say 4 was good but 5 personally they should go back to the old ways its the only choice capcom have or they will destroy it..

kabloe
kabloe

[quote]"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."[/quote]

am  wrong or they didn't learn from their mistake... making the game accessible to new players is what make RE6 failed!

Chris-Parker
Chris-Parker

Personally I think it's time Capcom went back to square one with the series. Maybe a total remake of the first one should be considered. Just imagine how eerie they could make the dark damp corridors of the mansion feel with the graphical capabilities of today. I was absolutely shocked at how bad RE6 was, the graphics were terrible, the levels were linear, the scripts average at best! I play with a full surround sound system and at no point did RE6 give me the frights that Dead Space 2 served up. The benchmark has been set, it's time to wake up Capcom and look at what the rest are doing - you might just learn something! ;-)

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

I'd be more than happy with REmake and 0 as downloads thank you. Operation was a somewhat reboot and was pretty much 'lacking' so please.. I hope the reboot idea is idle talk. Just make 7 more like the Gamecube games & everyone's happy.

tgwolf
tgwolf

SOMETHING has to be done with RE, like starting with dropping the rating back to T, but the game has always had mechanical issues and pretty big design flaws, so talks are really the order of the day if that's what it takes to cure these games and make them into something that I can consider worthwhile even from a gameplay standpoint.

acealexander702
acealexander702

Ugh.... I kind of find that reboots in video games has been becoming a trend, and I think its an easy way out, I believe that Resident Evil truly can continue with what it has now, I say either make a new Resident Evil concentrating on Claire Redfield, or a whole new character, but make him/her original, I didn't like how they made like a second Chris for RE6 and a Wesker Jr. I was talking with my friends how MGS2 sort of sucked because people wanted more of Snake, it was too soon to throw in this new character Raiden making him to overall major concentration, but I feel with RE, it could work, and that its actually well overdue, RE is no doubt withering, if they could pull off an amazing sequel it'll get them more kudos than an amazing reboot, which probably everyone would be happy with right now

Augurae
Augurae

I just played hours of DmC. This is not classy, subtle or dark as the first one, the character is horrible, and the style/music/theme vulgar. But this is really great Reboot with completely original take, funny teen universe, and complete action schemes.

It won't work for Resident Evil. If they want to reboot it, they need to make it even more creepy and scary than the first one while keeping a bit of action rythme because times, graphics and tastes have evolved. They won't succeed.

HOWEVER they need and can reboot Onimusha.

digi-demon
digi-demon

OMG I am so fed up with the whole 're-boot a series' every 5 years or less concept.

If the IP is dead then its time to move on - more new inovative IP's required not reboot. 

Both movies and games are dying on their ass because of the whole lazy reboot concept  - I refuse to watch another 'reboot' movie and will now do the same with video games.

Everyone needs to evaluate their habits if they want gaming and movies to survive.

jark888
jark888

I DEFINITELY SUPPORT RE2 REMAKE !!! 

Well, I guess the rest is up to the more like we receive which should reassure them our determination.

ALLABOUTTKK
ALLABOUTTKK

At least the man is speaking right. Taking into consideration what complaints the fans have made is a start, I personally liked RE6 and you can't really hate a long running company too much for making an effort to go into a direction that they might of felt successful for them.


What if RE6 was a success to the fans? Again, at least the man is speaking with a patient mind, saying they need to do what we have been saying and that's listen to US, the buyers.

MudPie210
MudPie210

One possibility for the future of Resident Evil, Kawata said, is for Capcom to place greater focus on the horror component, making "something scarier than we have already." 

You think?  The current games have literally zero horror element to them.  Greater is only an accurate word if it currently existed in theseries, but it doesn't

HeroicVillian
HeroicVillian

REBOOT.. Focus on atmosphere and suspense please..... Damn you did so good with the games 1, 2, and 3... even 4 had good atmosphere... just reboot it completely... keep it simple and for god sakes bring back puzzles.

joker1888
joker1888

Now just give me Outbreak in the Playstation Store.

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

capcom you guys are fucking up, you forgot to mention the DLC!

joker1888
joker1888

Thank you Based Gawd. For the company has heard my crys!

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Dear Capcom,


As a long time Resident Evil fan having played every game in the franchise i honestly have to say that this series is indeed due for a reboot the same way you have Ninja Theory reboot Devil May cay.

If i may make a suggestion you should consider taking idea from games like Dead Space, Left 4 dead and even Dead Island (well mostly Dead space) and make the next RE game more survival horror and less like an action game.

Oh! and Capcom. two games i would probably like to see return the to gaming scene are Onimusha and if possible a new Dino Crisis game(s)

Brutal_Gamer97
Brutal_Gamer97

Bout time.. maybe they should start remaking RE1 then 2 and 3.. i'd love to see Chris, Jill, Barry, Rebecca and wesker in full HD like in RE5 reunion.. :D so awesome!

sabrestryke
sabrestryke

I think it would be awesome if they rebooted the older games with updated graphics. I played the RE remake on the gamecube and it creeped me out. That is what they should do with RE2 and RE3.

gamelovercouk
gamelovercouk

RIP Resident Evil. You served us proud up until RE5 where you suddenly started to dabble is strange practises and totally messed up the formula. squidoo.com/gamelover-co-uk  With this open world idea they really have little left to lose. So go for it Capcom !  the mighty always fall, but true heroes get up and fight!

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@tgwolf You say that, and yet aside from moving and shooting Dead Space 1 (the one everyone calls a classic) is a cut and paste copy of Resident Evil 4 in many, many ways. Personally I actually think Resi 4 holds up as a far better game. 

Not sure what you consider "worthwhile" gameplay, as many games have annoying flaws. Uncharted has some pretty darn annoying ones for example. But to each his or her own. Personally it sounds like your standards are shockingly high.

179107199999
179107199999

@acealexander702 I agree.RE still has a lot of story left to explore.The thing is Capcom wanted 6 to be something that COD players would like.The series went down because the game wasn't survival horror.If they kept that aspect fans would appreciate that.And on MGS2. Snake was used since 1980 something the switch to Raiden wasn't really too fast.Snake had decades as the head.

acealexander702
acealexander702

@Augurae Onimusha.......YES! I don't think they need to reboot it, but definitely bring it back!

179107199999
179107199999

@ALLABOUTTKK I like what you said but Capcom has a funny way of treating their consumers. Mega Man Legend3. Capcom asked for fan support and got it after Inafune left Capcom cancelled the game and blamed the fans.The selling of MVC3 twice in a short amount of time was uncalled for.Their Fiasco with the DLC on SFxT is rather infamous and they contiuned with Dragon's Dogama.I had respect for Capcom but now in this era they haven't listened to the consumers.Hopefully after what happened with DmC and RE6 they'll start truly paying attention to what consumers want.They messed up with RE6 by wanting to make the game more accessible to COD players. Back then in the older games you were more vulnerable.You had ration health and ammo.You had to know when to run and when to fight.RE6 was an action game which is not bad but It wasn't a true successor to the genre it helped to define.Like you said They should listen to the buyers but Capcom won't listen until they're endeavors fail.They keep trying to gauge what's popular in the market and try to appeal to other players.In this business that's what's going to happen but, to drastically change things to appeal to a new audience while leaving the loyal fans with a bare minimum of things they grew to love in with a series or game that's going to hurt sales.Capcom hasn't learned that yet but perhaps their time of reckoning is near. i miss when I could buy a Capcom game and be truly in love with it. I honestly miss the old days.

179107199999
179107199999

@Ranma_X_basic Funny you mention Dead Space.I'm wondering if that game actually borrowed some elements from old RE....

jark888
jark888

@Brutal_Gamer97 Zero and the original RE had already been remade for Wii. They're pretty awesome.

ALLABOUTTKK
ALLABOUTTKK

@sabrestryke When I played Leon story on RE6, I said to myself "If these guys don't remake part 2 and 3 then it's some strange things going on"! 


RE6 made the vision a reality, the vision of open world, now they just need to make it all scary again.

ALLABOUTTKK
ALLABOUTTKK

@gamelovercouk  

 For this my friend you should blame them only for listening to the people who whined and cried up until that point about tank controls and the game being the same but with a different story, I'm perfectly sure that's how they came up with RE4, which spawned 5 and we all know the rest from there. 

kyle004
kyle004

@179107199999 @ALLABOUTTKK Seems that time was like six years ago or something round that. I remember viewtiful joe and way more games that capcom did a great job on. And on thing that really pissed me off was in marvel vs crapcom. MEGAMAN....... Crapcoms main logo was not even included till two or three dlc`s later. Its like you dont even know the fans anymore. And one thing that pisses me off was. WHEN YOU USED TO BEAT A GAME YOU GOT TO UNLOCK A CHARACTER. THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT MADE ME WANT TO KEEP PLAYING. BUT NOW YOU HAVE TO BUY THESE SECRETS CHARACTERS TO PLAY THEM. NO REPLAY VALUE AT ALL. SO disappointing capcom. I loved playing marvel vs capcom 1 and viewful joe and my favorite which is not capcoms favorite anymore and thats megaman