Capcom have suggested the next instalment in the Resident Evil franchise will follow one direction - unlike Resident Evil 6 – which had three distinct campaigns that failed to capture the praise of the series’ fan base.
In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun Capcom Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, Christian Svensson said “The problem is that Resident Evil has gotten too popular, and the fan base has splintered into disparate groups and warring factions.”
“We have those who love ‘Resident Evil 1, 2, 3, ‘Code Veronica,’ and ‘Zero,’ and then we have those who came along during the ‘RE4’ era and like things a little more action-oriented, and ‘RE5; even more [action-oriented],” Svensson explained. “And then ‘RE6’ was even more action-focused than that.”
Resident Evil 6 managed to sell over 4.8 million copies and featured three varying campaigns, but the end product left consumers disappointed and somehow Capcom’s marketing team was left equally upset. These poor sales figures have called for the company to focus the franchise in one direction.
“We’re bringing Revelations to consoles and PC in a few months. But after that, you’re going to see us scale back, take stock of what worked and what didn’t work, and think about what the future of the franchise is.” Admirable, considering Resident Evil 7 would probably still do considerably well thanks to the diehard fan base.