Capcom: Resident Evil reboot “a possibility”

Revelations producer talks open-world, reboot, and Vita.

January 31, 2013 / 09:07 PM EDT / (@admeady)

Long-running horror franchise Resident Evil could potentially see a reboot, according to Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata.

In a talk with Eurogamer about Revelations‘ upcoming transition to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC, the producer was questioned about the possibility of a new direction for the series after mixed reviews of its latest installment, Resident Evil 6.

Kawata was specifically questioned on the possibility of an open-world approach to the franchise.

“If we did [go with an open-world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players,” he said.

“It would almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay. That’s just a personal opinion.”

“A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but it is something that… There is a possibility.”

The producer told the website that he didn’t want to “respond directly” to the reaction to Resident Evil 6, and that the company wanted to “re-examine the series as a whole.”

He added: “If anyone is waiting for an open-world Resident Evil, I think it will certainly be quite a while. So in the meantime, I recommend giving Revelations a try.”

Kawata also spoke about the lack of a Vita release, stating that, although Sony’s handheld is “a very impressive piece of kit,” the company wanted to focus on “the big screen, home console version” of the game.

“The conversation literally didn’t even get to the point where something like that would be a consideration,” he said. “Once the decision had been made to release it for home consoles it was never a possibility.”

Released exclusively on Nintendo 3DS last year, Kawata said that the game’s “successful sales” could have been more given the larger development costs.

Resident Evil: Revelations will launch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC on May 24.

Share and Discuss
Guidelines
  • Bloodios

    So, which Western developer do you have in mind, Capcom?

    • Adam Meadows

      This made me laugh.

    • DrForbidden

      I hear Ninja Theory is already hard at work on a reboot pitch to Capcom. It’s about a violent, often-drunk and filthy-looking cop named Leon Kennedy (voiced and motion-captured by Andy Serkis) with a troubled childhood who says ‘fuck’ and flips the bird a lot. On the first day back on the job after his suspension for unjustified use of force, all hell breaks loose in Raccoon City, and Leon must now fight for survival armed with the crapload of guns and ammo he stole from his precinct to sell to Mexico before his suspension. In his attempts to escape the doomed city, he meets and partners up with Claire Redfield, a redhead college student wielding a large, cursed sword, Ada Wong, a mysterious junkie Chinese woman working for an unknown organisation, and Sherry Birkin, a psychic girl chased by monsters. The game will feature 2 player co-op third-person shooting action with a cover system, bad controls, and idiotic partner AI.

      • Dean Winchester

        This sounds nothing like a typical Andy Serkis/Ninja Theory project.

        In fact Heavenly Sword and Enslaved both had good storries and excellent gameplay. I dont recall F-Bombs or birds being shot in either game. While I’ve only played the DMC demo and read lots of reviews I can say that the controls are excellent, the gameplay very fluid, the presentation top notch and Im sure the story, like every DMC game is completely asstarded but its always been that way.

        Critics and anyone who isnt obsessed with white hair Dante being the only Dante have all been able to see the excellence that is the new DMC.

        Youre usually a reasonable poster Doc but I gotta say, while a little humorous, your sarcastic post really comes off a bit like all those butt hurt haters who only complained b/c of Dantes new look.

        Shame so many wrote off the best DMC game this gen b/c of typical fanboy internet hysteria.

        • DrForbidden

          It was a joke. I have no problems with Andy Serkis or Heavenly Sword or Enslaved. The scenario I wrote is a mash-up of several games and elements (the redhead with a gigantic cursed sword wasn’t a giveaway?) from Ninja Theory and Capcom’s recent RE games., with a healthy dose of the ‘grim and gritty’ elements favoured by NT for DmC.

          You’re entitled to your say, of course, but DmC is a joke in my eyes, not because of gameplay, but in terms of overall designs and motifs, and character likeability. It’s not hard to be the best DMC game this generation when the only contender is DMC4.

    • EspadaKiller

      LMAO

  • http://www.facebook.com/atlans89 Gale Glory

    Open world? I can imagine sitting inside a tank and crushing the zombie. Horror works well in tight place with dark theme, but open world? It’s silly.

    I pray for Project Zwei coming soon this year. I have high hope in Mikami.

    • DrForbidden

      It’s not silly, because the Resident Evil franchise is not a horror franchise. Not anymore.

  • MrRobbyM

    This scares me and I’m not even a big RE fan. Neither have I played the first three games.(Yeah I know. Kill me).

  • DrForbidden

    “we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players,” he said.”

    The fire brigade had to be called and then spent the next half-hour putting out the flames consuming his trousers.

    • Adam Meadows

      Another laugh here. He he.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Warboss-Aohd/100003803614469 Warboss Aohd

    This could go one of 2 ways.
    1. Dey could actually go back to it’s roots, or considerin’ wot Capcom has done lately.
    2. Butcher an’ maim it so the fans feel like dey woz just given da finger.

  • Schtolteheim Reinbach III

    Reboot bandwagon for Capcom!

  • LordKaiser

    Last game I enjoyed was Bionic Commando Rearmed. After that I dint cared for Capcom anymore.

    • Rezar

      Capcom’s games in the past were are great. Lately Capcom’s games haven’t lived up to their hype except Resident Evil Revelations.

  • http://twitter.com/SwimsuitHakufu ギャビン

    How about they leave it alone for a little bit? Reboot Dino Crisis.

    • Dean Winchester

      They rebooted DC with part 3 and made it exclusive for the original xbox.
      It was Dino’s in space and like all games MS gets their mitts on, it was an atrocious bastardization of what used to be a fun series.

      • http://twitter.com/SwimsuitHakufu ギャビン

        I’m talking about a full on reimagining of Dino Crisis in terms of it’s gameplay. RE4 mechanics with dinosaurs. Also Dino 3 was not THAT bad, its not great but it does have some redeeming qualities.
        Resident Evil is done for me as of right now, I really have no intrest in the series because it just seems like its falling up its own ass again.

  • bebestorm117

    A reboot is good idea if only done correctly…

  • Revorse

    A reboot would just breed more reason for fans to dislike the series. As long as it’s fun, I don’t really care what they do.

    • Dean Winchester

      everything breeds more hate on the internet. Eapecially the words Capcom, Ninja Theory, CoD, Activision, EA, Sony and DLC.

      Meanwhile things that deserve hate like RRoD, Kinect, Timed Exclusives, Live Fees etc…always get a free pass. Especially in the US of A.

      • LordKaiser

        Add D3 Publisher to the black list.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

        You missed SE :P

    • MrKappa

      Knowing Capcom they are probably making the move for a reboot because the fanbase has been so ungrateful. They know full well the hate a reboot will bring much like with DmC but it doesn’t seem like they care.

  • PrinceHeir

    just make a dedicated Mercenary mode that has all characters from RE0-RE6, Code Veronica, Umbrella Chronicles/Darkside Chronicles and even Operation Raccoon City!

    the thing i hated about RE5 Gold Edition is that Mercenaries and The Mercenaries Reunion are treated as a separate mode. meaning i can’t team up with characters from old Mercenaries like Wesker and Jill into Mercenaries Reunion characters like Barry and Rebecca.

    lazy capcom :P

    they just need to refine the RE6 mechanics more..

    character should NOT slow down when changing weapons(breaks the pace)

    too many tripping, again it slows the pace down a bit.

    there should be a combo system where instead of countering everything to score high points, they should mix it up by rewarding players of doing certain things instead of the same thing over and over again.

    for example, when you counter someone, instead of performing a melee move, you can headshot them to add more points, or you can taunt then perform a melee move.

    also taunting should allow you to perform counter, would love to taunt those zombies, then bam counter to the face :P

    the story mode will be a dream mode, where you revisit past RE incarnations, but with a twist.

    you can use your RE characters in that event,

    don’t you want to play the Raccoon incident with Jill and Claire, or Wesker and Jake?

    Ada and Leon as team up.

    soo many possibilities!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    My name is Chris *troll face*

  • Bloodios

    I once had a dream about the franchise, and in that dream, I was playing a new Resident Evil title that is a bit different than any other games in the series.

    The game began with a family of three, who were on their way back home from a picnic trip. The father and mother were in a heated argument about something, while their young son, who sat in the back was flipping through the pages of his picture book. After a while, the couple stopped arguing, but their facial expressions showed that they were still very angry at each other. As the mother was about to say something, the car was suddenly hit by another car. The screen went black, though loud crashing sounds and thudding noises can be heard. After a while, the mother found herself waking up atop a pile of concrete. As she looked around trying to make sense of the situation, she saw that the whole city had transformed into something unfamiliar to her. Cars were seen everywhere, all totaled and abandoned with no exception. Flame and smoke came out of many buildings, others were simply reduced to dust and leftover concretes. And yet, there wasn’t a single person to be seen. As the woman became more and more overwhelmed, she suddenly remembered about her earlier accident and started frantically searching for her son and husband. The control was finally given back to the player (me), and shortly after I started exploring the city, I spotted some zombies devouring someone’s corpse and had to take a different route, and so on…

    The game did not provide me with any weapon, and there wasn’t any health bar, mini-map or even an inventory. I could pick up tools like steel pipe and such to break down windows or door or whatever. Attacking zombies, however, were out of the question. The zombies couldn’t be killed, and were always in group, while the woman would die as soon as she is bitten. As the woman passed through certain places while looking for her son and husband, she would take a momentary rest, and a portion of the memories of her happier days were shown. She would then woke up from those short yet pleasant dreams and once again found herself facing the nightmarish reality… the cycle continues on and on (I can’t remember anything past this point.)

    I always thought that it would be nice if a game like that were to become reality. Who wouldn’t want their dreams to come true?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

      RE: Shattered Memories? Sounds like a game where you will die a lot T.T But yeah a good idea.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    I have mixed feelings. I’m just going to chime in on the Resident Evil story. If anything, I feel like the story needs a reboot.

  • Gigus

    Reboot? Yes, please!

  • http://twitter.com/Miketheking75 MTK

    It needs no reboot it needs to be put to rest for a long time and something else.

  • NCloud

    Not like DmC :P

  • YangTerlupakan

    i imagine when people can explore the entire RACOON CITY just like GTA, oh that must be awesome

    but back to racoon city after BSAA saga’s is useless IMO

    i just hope reboot RE with open world concept not being like RE 6 but like RE 2

  • Elvick

    The current gameplay is basically action, and it would work fine in open world. They don’t need a reboot. They already ditched what RE was long ago for more generic action.

    Not sure what they are talking about.

  • KurisuMakise

    Considering what was done in RE6 in terms of gunplay, melee mechanics, etc. I could see an open world design really assisting with the horror elements if the level design is good. I’m reminded of the University with Leon and Helena and then when they head into the city itself. Changing the dynamics of that could make for something really interesting. Spur in some side objectives like hunting down particular zombies or unique puzzles, I’d be down for that. I also wouldn’t mind if the story got rebooted and this time we focused on all the major players on some scale. Like RE6 having Chris and Leon in the game was cool, now if Jill and friends were also present, ah it’d have been fun.

  • http://twitter.com/AceOfCakez Ace

    “My name is Jill but you can call me Jill the zombie killer.” ~Jill Valentine with emo haircut.

  • VeroC11

    Another franchise down the drain, way to go Crapcom!