The reason Resident Evil lost its survival horror roots.


After the release of Resident Evil 6,  fans began criticising Capcom for the ‘action based’ game, demanding a return to it’s original survival horror roots. But did the public cause this situation in the first place?

Ex-Capcom employee and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami says the reason for the change is down to the reception of REmake, claiming it wasn’t recieved as well as we may have thought.  “The Resident Evil remake is actually one of my favorites of the series too. But it didn’t sell very well, Maybe there weren’t many people ready to accept that. Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake, I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.”

This all makes alot more sense now, especially for those of us who remember seeing the original and terrifying gameplay for Resident Evil 4, which is now reffered to as ‘Resident Evil 3.5‘.

“That all came out of the commercial failure of the Resident Evil remake. And then of course Resident Evil 4 sold really well,” He says. “I have kind of a lingering trauma there, because the Resident Evil remake didn’t sell – much more than people would think.”

We wonder how the series would have progressed if REmake had sold more. It would be alot less actiony, that’s for sure…

For those of you looking for a taste of the original Resi style fear, Shinji Mikami is now working on a new ‘survival horror’ game with Bethesda, titled ‘The Evil Within’, which is out in 2014.



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