Resident Evil producer revises his opinion on action-focused direction

by Nathan Misa Featured 5 Comments 12 Votes 1622 Views 04/02/2013 Back to News

Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata has said that he has changed his opinion about the action-oriented direction his team has taken the series into after looking at "user feedback from the last couple of games", in an interview with VideoGamer.

"When you look back on Resident Evil in the last year, we've had a variety of approaches to the [IP]. I still think it's important for us to challenge ourselves to include new elements in the games to keep them fresh and keep them relevant."

When asked whether the response to Resident Evil 6 and Operation Raccoon City had made him reconsider the action-oriented direction Capcom had taken the series, Kawata said:

"Looking at user feedback from the last couple of games, I've started to slightly revise my opinion on that matter. I still think that, for example, bringing Resident Evil: Revelations to consoles falls within what I was saying where, it's a game that contains classic Resident Evil elements but it also has features that modern gamers expect in a game. Hopefully it can appeal to both camps."

"Take Operation Raccoon City, which was essentially developed as a pure shooter set in the Resident Evil universe. I think there could be potential in taking the base of that game and if we were - hypothetically - to develop a sequel to that, then start bringing back horror into that base that we started with. That could be a way to start bringing the elements that we think we need together in one game."

Kawata's opinion last March, as he told Gamasutra, was that Resident Evil needed "to head in that [action-oriented] direction."

Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City and Resident Evil 6 both released in 2012 with significantly more action-oriented gameplay to mixed reviews. MMGN scored the former 4.0 and the latter 7.0.

Do you prefer the older 'survival-horror' direction of the Resident Evil series, or the new action-oriented approach?

By Nathan Misa

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Let's hope we'll get something in the same vein as the REmake for Gamecube.
Yes! Only played the REmake properly for the first time last year. Still holds up well to this day.
I've been put off the series since I tried and didn't like RE5, but I really enjoyed Revelations on the 3DS. Struck a good balance between action, horror and puzzle, I think.
Little too linear though, in terms of knowing exactly where each key went. I loved wandering around in RE1 and 2 with a key, not quite remembering where the corresponding lock was.
I think all's they care about are sales. They are just trying to appeal to the most people they can.

They should just go back to the old way and just fix the controls a bit and then that should make most people happy. I still like RE 1 and 2 the best out of all of them. Code Veronica was good as well though.

I just hope they bring RE1 and 2 out as HD remakes so I can have all my favorite Resident Evils on 1 console then :)
This is how Japanese development goes. If you say "You did this wrong and its shit!" They see it as an attack and find it really insulting.

Japanese development really needs to shape up if they plan on releasing things in the western market.

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