Resident Evil 5 producer stepping away from series

Capcom's Jun Takeuchi has no plans to be involved with Resident Evil 6, wants a lengthy respite from seminal survival horror franchise.

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Capcom hasn't officially announced a Resident Evil 6 yet, but it's almost certainly coming, and the producer behind last year's hit Resident Evil 5 wants nothing to do with it. In an interview with Xbox World 360 magazine (as summarized by sister-site CVG), Capcom general manager of R&D strategic planning Jun Takeuchi said he isn't planning on being involved in the next installment.

Takeuchi has had his fill of Resident Evil for now.
Takeuchi has had his fill of Resident Evil for now.

"Personally, I don't think I'm gonna deal with Resident Evil 6 at all," Takeuchi told the magazine. "As far as the series is concerned, I'm not planning to return until at least two more Olympics have passed!"

As for why he might want to step away from the hit survival horror series, Takeuchi told the magazine it was particularly difficult following Shinji Mikami's critically acclaimed reinvention of the franchise, Resident Evil 4.

"Yes, it's true we did feel extreme pressure--and Mikami-san's shadow--after Resi 4," Takeuchi was quoted as saying. "However, because we were creating the sequel to this huge franchise, we wanted to make our fresh direction clear."

Most recently, Takeuchi served as producer on Lost Planet 2, which launches May 11 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (a PC version is expected to follow this fall). The sci-fi action series is apparently a more comfortable fit for Takeuchi, as he has handled it since its inception, serving as producer on the original Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for the Xbox 360.

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I am down for making a the new RE Outbreak file # 3 because the online 4-coop gameplay will be better on the new systems engine rather than the PS2. I do for agree hiring a competent writer if there is going to be a 6th edition to the series that way we can expect much more of what fans want (the horror) than graphics itself. It is obvious that the horror kept the franchise running. The releases of RE 4 and 5 were a test tool according to Takeuchi for making a much more fun new environment. With all said, I do respect the older games up to Code Veronica X on the Playstation 2. As far as Nintendo Game Cube's release of RE 0, the graphics were just about as good as RE 5 and should remain to this type of gameplay and create a sequel for a new Outbreak. GO OUTBREAK! though the PS2 outbreak's gameplay was extremely stressful making me use the strategy guide to beat every single map!

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Good, resident evil 5 was an okay action game, but a poor resident evil game.

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At least do a good port of RE0 to PC/PS3/XBOX. And a remake of re1/re2/re3... Those are really awesome games.

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i dont want to play r.e 6 when i turn 45 c'mon

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I think they need to bring back the outbreak file series and make a # 3 for the consoles. Didn't they say there making a new 4 player co-op resident evil game. they should of never killed the server for outbreak in the first place.(and monster hunter for the ps2. why move it for the wii?)

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re5 was the best game of the whole series in my opionin and another like it would be awesome but fresh people mean fresh ideas so it could be good for the franchisee

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Bring back Mikami!

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He wants a lengthy respite from the survival horror franchise? Resident Evil stopped being a survival horror franchise ever since RE4. You can't call it "horror" unless it is scary. RE5 was an action adventure game. The Resident Evil series needs a fresh ideas- but most importantly, they should hire competent writers and translators and fire the ones who worked on RE5. For now, it's Deadspace that owns the survival horror genre.

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Resident Evil 4 on GC = gameplay perfection Someone tell Capcom they need to 're-release RE4 with upgraded HD graphics' / remade for 360 & PS3. Stuffed with plenty of added unlockables/extras etc.& at budget price to make the return journey worthwhile!.

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resodent evil 4 and the abomination that was 5 completely ruined it for me

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Agreed. Resident Evil 4 was a better gaming experience.

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i liked the first one, but its been a long time since i played it.

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Does this mean the next RE game will be worth getting for survival horror fans? As opposed to seeing another crappy zombie shooter with wonky controls.

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They could had removed those tank controls and fixed camera, but nooo... Instead, they turned the best survival-horror franchise into another action/shooting game.

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Maybe for the best. RE5 was below expectations anyways.

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Let's have all the main characters in one game. Chris, Leon, Claire, Ada, Jill etc etc.

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Make remakes of 2 and 3 i don't like how these games arn't scary anymore.

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RE 4 & 5 were somthing fresh and new to the RE genre if they make another another RE like the old ones then every one will complain. most people got use to the movement of RE 4&5 to move around like a the old one would just fustrate everyone that is new to resident evil I still say a Resident Evil Outbreak would be nice though

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WTF wesker is dead so what's going to happen in re6? But hopefully capcom will get someone who can take re in a better direction, I mean the co-op was really fun in re5 but i hated the whole partner ideology present through the whole game, it was cheesier than Barry's lines in the firs re.

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Resident Evil 4 was amazing, probably my favorite game of the last decade. Resident Evil 5 sucked however, it had none of the charm and atmosphere that made 4 so fantastic. I agree that they should approach a more Survival-Horror type of gameplay for a 6th one, more like the originals.

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As much as I love RE4, its deviation from the survival-horror genre was a big disappointment for me. It was full of action, but nowhere did I feel what I felt when playing the first three. While not a true FPS, the over-the-shoulder perspective did nothing to alleviate the fact that I was merely playing CoD or GoW. Please bring the franchise back to the genre it belongs!

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How about a Resident Evil that's actually SURVIVAL HORROR ?!!!

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I kinda would like for them to make a whole new RE with the game style/play Resident Evil Outbreak i think it would work now that every one plays online.

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@solidline heck yea RE4 was good and all but i wanted Leon to be killing zombies. not no scifi type crap humans

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If this is the person who completely ruined Resident Evil 5 by turning it into a ACTION Horror game instead of the awesome SURVIVAL Horror games that were before it(I didn't play the 4th) then it's good that he's going, maybe now Resident Evil will be awesome again. I would love another game based in a Racoon City or the first games Mansion, Capcom just need to get out of the whole stop then shoot thing and do something to evolve the series, it's got so much potential in my opinion.

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wow this is like drama

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Whoever involved and change RE to what RE4 and RE5 is should be fired. period :)

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I want Barry to be the next RE lead character the GameBoy Colored RE game were he stared in was just a piece of dung

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a good producer makes a big difference and Jun was a good producer but they shouldn't work on RE6 for quite a while I believe pretty soon we will hear something about DMC5. Hopefully he'll be working on that.

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i just love RE5... wish next game will have Jill as main character!

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I'd like some survival horror next time. Make it scary. And for the love of god bring the zombies back. If that isn't going to happen, remake RE2. And then 3.

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Well its a well deserved break, I loved REmake, RE 0, RE 4, and RE 5 and if he wants a break from the RE series thats fine as he helped put out a great game with RE 5. I hope RE 6 is as good as the last two big RE games as the series is still strong and the new changes were needed badly.

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Don't think that will happen, as all except zero and code veronica was on the playstation console. So Xbox would have to go through Sony to have that happen. I have 3 on the PS3 hard drive and my friend's PSP. All are on the network. But maybe they can come to terms like Mircosoft and Nintendo did so Rare games can be on the Marketplace. MS does have alot of money as the fanboys love to say, so maybe they'll give Sony a couple million and you can have the RE series, don't count on it. That's is why I have a 3 systems!!!!!!!!

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Psycold has got a good point, now I must stop submitting comments...

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lol and than, not then...

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I meant guy, not gut.

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I really don't care if this gut is not going to be involved, as long as the next RE will be great, and for RE4 was great, and RE5 was also great(minus the AI partner) and about raaaaaaaandy's comment, Wesker more then likely, is DEAD, and I hope he might get his own game, idk why, he is an awesome villain, one of my favorites in gaming, but as I said earlier idc about the producer not having involvement, as long as the game will be great...

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weskers alive

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IMK NOW 15 AND WHEN I PLAY RESIDENT EVIL 3 FOR THE PS ONE I STILL GEAT REALLY SCARED WHEN THE NEMASIS POPS OUT SCREAMING STARS! ITS BEEN SINCE I WAS LIKE 4 I BEEN PLAYING THIS GAME AND STILL PLAYING MEMORIES OF THE BEST GAMES LAST A LIFE TIME

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I hope Leon comes back for six and they stick to the new story.

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Good now he can continue with the Lost Planet & Onimusha Franchises (if they can do another one of those). I kinda liked the Co-op approach in RE 5, it was different and unique.

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i think this guy acting like he doesnt like making re game cus he really sucks at it. hey guy we dont want you working on them either!

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RE must be about fear, don´t ever forget that! Have fun!

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Only saving grace for this series... No More AI Partner! I hated it for RE5...

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There is no doubt that Resident Evil ended when RE4 was released....But still I must say that I have found RE4 and RE5 among the best games I have ever played,,,it's just that they are not Resident Evil anymore,,,but yet they are still great...

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@ 1blackone I disagree with your opinion, thatwhen some guys who always spam forums that they want Re to be like it used to, they wouldn't be scared by the originals anymore. I think that the old games are still scary and have more suspense. In RE4 and 5 u just have suspense coy of the masses of majini running towards u and not because they designed it to be scary. there was no real addition to the RE storyline as a whole in RE4, it was just an episode of Leon S Kennedys life after Raccon City. RE doesn't have to me all mansions or labs but the new controlls aren't good for a 3rd person shooter. either u make real unique controlls for ur game and design it properly or make a real 3rd person shooter.the characters don't have to move like "tanks" but if they want to make it more action oriented give my strafing and et me move or take the Code Veronica controlls. IMO it was the perfect blend between old and new

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loved the original and code veronica. played res 5 for 30 mins and havnt bothered since. The upped pace just dosent work we the slopy controls + camera. or am i just to rubish/old/slow?? like i dont allready know :-)

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