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[OMFG] Capcom Confirms ‘Resident Evil’ Will Return To Its Roots With Possible Reboot

Resident Evil fans rejoice! Capcom has heard your pleas for help and they’re acting on the dissatisfaction many of you felt while playing Resident Evil 6… and Resident Evil 5. Masachika Kawata, who has been a producer on the franchise for some time now, recently spoke with IGN about Revelations’ upcoming HD port to consoles. I think a lot of what people want now is to have Chris and Jill in a game, or they want it to look like Resident Evil used to look like. That’s what makes the game work for them. We should be able to start from scratch and reboot it. It would still be Resident Evil. We wouldn’t lose the essential nature of what makes it a good game just by changing the characters.” Kawata told IGN.

Did I hear you say “start from scratch and reboot it” Kawata san? My oh my, I do believe I’ve fallen in love (that sentence is best read in a breathy Victorian woman’s voice). More after the break.

Capcom has said they want a piece of Call of Duty’s big, tasty money pie. Like any company they need to make money, and survival horror doesn’t make enough to justify the cost of developing a AAA Resident Evil game. As good as games like Silent Hill and Amnesia are, they’re never going to make as much money as your annual blockbuster shooter. However, this doesn’t mean Capcom isn’t willing to try.

“Survival horror as a genre is never going to be on the same level, financially, as shooters and much more popular, mainstream games. At the same time, I think we need to have confidence to put money behind these projects, and it doesn’t mean we can’t focus on what we need to do as a survival horror game to meet fan’s needs.”

I think Capcom is in a perfect place to help bring about a survival horror renaissance, of sorts. We’ve seen it already from indie developers and the recent success of Slenderman inspired video games. Capcom has the money and the perfect brand — Resident Evil — to take a risk. If they create a top tier survival horror game with the Resident Evil name and it’s hugely successful, that could lead to many exciting things for fans of the genre.

“I think it’s undeniable to say the series returning to its roots is important, and those roots are horror.”

Well said.

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  • Joe-Banger

    Good news I suppose, does this mean a reboot of the films too? I sure hope so.

  • I told myself I was done with Resident Evil after the last one…… and now I think im about to go back to it like a co-dependent sadist.

  • Joe-Banger

    @Joshua Turney, Do you mean the games or the films? I havent played part 5 or 6 yet. Still unemployed here in N.Y. Films still suck.

  • K-Dogg

    I will believe this when I see it…QUIT making these fucking games where I am paired with another person, fucking DONE with that, I always want to shoot my partner, then do the shit that needs to get done. Hated the last 2 ResEvils.

  • AfterTheAsylum

    I call bullshit. They also told us that RE6’s Leon/Helena campaign was going to be survival horror. If they listened to fans, they would have already remade RE2 like fans have been clamoring for for YEARS. I would easily dish out over $60 for each remake of 1 (which was amazing on Gamecube), 2 and 3 on current generation systems. I always bought RE titles on the day of release, but I didn’t for RE6. I borrowed it and was glad I didn’t buy it.

    Without a doubt, Capcom will make more money catering to the action-based style, but they also aren’t going to take a loss by going back to what made them what they are today. In addition, they aren’t just having better sales because the new style, but also because gaming has grown so much since their last survival horror title (RE 3 on the PS1). The exposure and acceptance of gaming has skyrocketed. No one has any idea how well a back-to-the-roots RE title would do because of those factors. Until they give us RE2 again, they might as well keep their mouths closed about listening to the fans because they aren’t proving it.

    @K-Dogg… I would take a partner as long as I can choose to have one or not. I believe Dead Space 3 has this feature. You can play with an online partner, AI partner or go it alone. I do prefer going it alone too, but sometimes I do like teaming up. It is entirely possible to have both worlds. RE2 would be awesome with a partner, I think…

    • Adam Dodd

      Agreed. I would love to see a remake of any of the first three Resident Evils. As for the Dead Space 3 bit; your options are to go it alone or online with another player (no AI partner).

      • En_Noir

        I don’t really see a need to remake the 1st..The gamecube version is still damn good. Probably one of my fave in the entire series, I was actually concerned when turning corners in those hallways (damn crimson heads) and Lisa Trevor was a really cool edition. But I agree it would be interesting to see an updated version of the 2nd game. Although I’m not holding my breath for any of this.

    • divisionbell

      Remake RE2. Agreed

  • Skullbone

    Honestly I think a remake of the first 3 is a mistake or at least if that’s going to be theri only effort to reintroduce horror back into the franchise. I also feel if gamers accept that it will only promote more laziness from Capcom. Because to me if they just release part one and it’s just the same thing with newer graphics that’s just as bad as them making these last games with more of an action theme. Just trying to take a quick cash in with not much effort on their part. I think they need to make a Part 7 and go back to the roots of what made the first games successful. Horror.

  • Taboo

    Capcom sucks nowadays…

  • Meshugganaut

    I have hung up my ‘Resident Evil’ boots. I for one, will not be paying for another forced, bullshit, co-op, action/*cough-cough* horror. ‘4’ was the last great and if not greatest game of the series, and the two that followed are not what Resident Evil is about. If Capcom decide to return to the roots of the game, then fine, but I won’t be waiting with excitement for it. They let down all of their original fans that made ‘Resident Evil’ the giant that it is or should I say, was. Now they’re trying to have both sides of their bread buttered by catering for the C.O.D, zero attention span shooters, that require no thought process what so ever. If people like those games, that’s perfectly acceptable and they have a right to. But that genre has no place in Survival Horror and Capcom have divided their fans by doing so. ‘Dead Space’ has taken over the mantle of survival horror and it never forced you to go with the bullshit co-op either. It has been brought in now as an option to the player. So take note, Capcom; old dogs can still learn a new trick or two.

  • doomas10

    curious to see this as Resident evil games have reached the new game every year level with average results. Resi 5 was ok but it was too much action oriented with silly decisions-How they dare making Wesker a complete lunatic that gets mutated? biggest blasphemy ever! – while resi 6 was just and plain bad. Raccoon city was atrocious to say at least. Will this be a remake? Another story? Capcom has become a terrible company these days – remember the marvel vs capcom games? They had zero content and then they release the special edition…Capitalism at its finest

  • Marty McFly

    I have been a huge Resident Evil fan since back in the 90’s playing the old school games on my Playstation. RE2 and 3 are my favorites of the old games. RE4 and 6 are my favorites of the new over-the-shoulder camera angle games… I didn’t care for part 5 that much, I hated the atmosphere of it, and the fact that there are virtually no zombies in it really pissed me off; you’re basically shooting crazy Africans. (I actually have never played the first Resident Evil, but I did get to play the updated mansion missions they included for the Gold Edition of RE5) I really enjoy the co-op feature that RE5 and 6 have, even though it does take away the whole survival horror aspect. I remember playing RE2 and 3 back in the day and actually getting scared. Those damn dogs and birds jumping out of the windows when you least expect it! Walking around dark alleys, creepy zombie infested cities and such. RE2 was great and I recently purchased it for PS3 from the Playstation Network for $4.99 and it was fun to relive that game after more than 10 years. (Although even though it was updated for the Playstation 3 the graphics are still just as pixelated as ever, hah.) Anyways, back on topic, I’d really love to see a remake of part 1 or part 2 for the Playstation 3. I’d certainly dish out the $60 for it. (Please make the games a little bit longer though… RE2 seems way too short.)

  • Kwonkicker

    What. The. Fuck.

    I do not for one moment, trust Capcom with this. Ever since they fucked Devil May Cry up with that atrocious ‘reboot’ Capcom has completely sold out in my eyes. Resident Evil is among their most noteworthy and legendary series; Why would you fuck it up by rebooting it??!! Just continue the damn series already!! If you only liked the first three, fine whatever. But to say the series needs a reboot to take the series ‘back to its roots’ is completely unnecessary.

    Capcom I implore you. You already let fans down with that bullshit Devil May Cry reboot, don’t fuck Resident Evil up now.

  • pyrepunk

    I think that if they financially back the project to bring RE back to survival horror then it should work. Because, for example, when things like Slender: The Eight Pages hit mainstream morons everyone was playing it because it was sooo scary. Same thing with all these COD morons just sell it to them as the scariest rebooted virus-zombie game and they’ll buy it, trust me they buy anything hyped to maximum and there you go an original survival horror for the true fans and enough buyers to keep up the good work and make new/ better survival horror. Even though Capcom seems to be retarded I think they should lock on to the original Resident Evil creator’s new survival horror game codenamed “Zwei” and use that to bring back survival horror like RE because imo they have completely ruined RE for me…I’m ready to let that heal and have something new to play.

  • Voorhees83

    The very first game in the Resident Evil series was my favorite. I think it was that creepy old mansion that did it for me. After the first 3 games, which were awesome, the Resident Evil series turned into action games with monsters. Don’t get me wrong, I still had fun playing 4 and 5. Haven’t played 6 yet. I was just so disappointed that the horror in these games were fading away. I say a reboot with the mansion from the first game is a great idea. Better graphics. New surprises, but same look and feel. Remake the movies while your at it.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Of course this awesome news gets told when I’m away from the internet for 2 days lol. Fantastic news. I hope the movies follow suit.

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