Capcom to Release Resident Evil: Modern Warfare?
An insider at Capcom, producers of the popular Resident Evil series has given a vague statement via social networking that the developers of the franchise were planning to redirect Resident Evil into a more popular market with the next installment. Statements made by another Capcom representative in a recent interview have also suggested a potential new direction for the iconic survival horror franchise: a shift toward more… modern… ways of appealing to the gaming fanbase.
15 to 20 years ago, the community’s focus may have been on fantasy and adventure games (Ocarina of Time anyone?), but today the greater focus seems to have shifted to a genre that was in its infancy when The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, and Final Fantasy were in their prime. Having evolved from the time when games like Marathon, Half-Life, and Doom were commonly played on home computers to the more contemporary era of console gameplay, there’s no denying that first-person shooters have become the premier genre in modern social and competitive gaming.
So where does that leave other games?
Some series that were originally classified under other genres have adapted shooter-like elements into their core gameplay (Metroid, for example) to capitalize on the growing popularity of FPS titles. The Resident Evil series has already made similar attempts. Resident Evil: Survivor (in 2000) and Resident Evil: Dead Aim (in 2003) are pertinent examples of the traditionally horror-based series branching out into the shooter scene.
Now it seems Capcom may be planning to try this tactic again, but on a grander scale. A full blown Resident Evil shooter on par with Activision’s insanely popular Call of Duty franchise may well be in the works, if comments made by Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata are any indication. In a recent interview, Kawata spoke of the series’ gradual shift toward action-orientated gameplay in recent years, saying “RE4 started in that direction, and RE5 kept going in that direction. And I think that especially for the North American market, we need to keep going in that direction, and take that a step further. And that’s exactly one of the reasons that Revelations is the way it is.”
He continued to discuss the marketing viability of the survival horror genre, saying, “The market is small, compared to the number of units Call of Duty and all those action games sell. A ‘survival horror’ Resident Evil doesn’t seem like it’d be able to sell those kind of numbers. If we’re going to make games that sell based on quality content, they should be able to appeal around the world. That might be obvious, but that’s why Grand Theft Auto IV, Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare also sell in Japan, because their gameplay is interesting.”
These statements come just as the lead on the Modern Warfare series leaves Infinity Ward. Will we be reporting on his arrival at Capcom sometime soon? Stay tuned as this story develops.