In recent years, the Resident Evil franchise has transitioned from pure survival horror to action extravaganza. Resident Evil might be one of the only gaming franchises I can think of that takes heavy influence from its feature film counterparts, instead of the other way around.
Thankfully, Capcom is aware that the Resident Evil franchise, to many, has lost its way.
While speaking with Rely on Horror, a Capcom representative told the site that hardcore fans of Resident Evil will appreciate where the series is headed with the next entry.
“We know that a lot of fans want more horror back for the next one, the development team knows that as well and we read a lot of comments, messageboards, and ask for feedback, and there was a lot of criticism about RE5′s focus on action,” said the Capcom rep.
“I think that you’ll like the direction the development team is shifting to for the next one.”
While I enjoyed Resident Evil 5, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want a return to this franchise’s roots for the next title. It was the survival horror aspects that got me to fall head over heels for this series. There’s nothing wrong with evolution, just as long as it naturally flows out of what came before it. That’s what Capcom needs to keep in mind when working on the series from here on out. Let’s get those tense and spooky moments back and lose the muscles the size of redwood trees.