After the recent less than great reviews of Resident Evil 6, and the increase in criticism received, Capcom has decided that it may be time for them to consider rebooting the franchise, and taking Resident Evil back to what it was originally when first released. In a recent interview with IGN, Katawa stated: “I think that it’s important for us to have users’ needs in mind when making the games. At the same time 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.”
With this statement, there is a lot of room to speculate as to what could be done to make this new game return to what it used to be. There has been an increase in the amount of action in the franchise lately, so as to remain competitive with other games coming out, especially with the western market. It seems that the game was focusing more on the action aspect of the game, with little emphasis on the horror aspect that the original games focused on. Will this reboot finally bring Resident Evil back to its horror roots?
Continuing on with the interview, Katawa goes on to say “Looking at last year – something like, for example, Operation Racoon City – it was quite an experimental attempt in bringing the Resident Evil series to new genres. And in light of that game, certainly I would say that I review my thoughts on that [the importance of action]. But I think it’s undeniable to say the series returning to its roots is important, and those roots are horror.”
The last part of this quote is encouraging to those fans that hope the game gets back to focusing on the horror aspect of the game. We can only hope that they stick true to their words and try to get the franchise back on track. With the announcement of Resident Evil: Revalations making an appearance on the Xbox 360 and PS3, it seems they are taking a step in the right path.