Jake Muller wearing the trademark sunglasses of his father Albert Wesker. (Photo : Capcom)
Resident Evil 7 is in the works, according to Capcom which announced the game's development to MCV but no release date has been provided yet.
Michael Pattison, a former marketing executive for Capcom, revealed that the company has listened to the fan and critical response from the mixed bag that was Resident Evil 6 and is trying to reverse the mistakes that plagued the game.
"We have obviously seen the consumer response and the PR response ...There were some great positives out of that, but it was a mixed bag, as we saw from the review scores. We have got to take that on-board, we can't ignore that, and we have to take that onto the next game when we make the next Resident Evil," said Pattison.
Pattison also elaborated on what the company has learned from the response to Resident Evil 6 (which will be part of the Capcom Essential anthology). He also said that the new title will most likely be more of a survival horror game than an action game in hopes of pleasing the longtime fans of the series:
"With Resident Evil 6 specifically, we probably put too much content in there, there were comments from consumers that said it felt bloated. The Leon missions went down very well, and because we did Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS, there was a cry out for us to focus our attention on survival horror, rather than be too many things to all people. You'll find where we go next will likely be more targeted at our core fanbase."
The former executive also gave his thoughts on the crowded post-apocalyptic market, insisting that there is still room for well made games in the genre, as seen in the recent success of The Last of Us:
"A lot is said about the saturation of this zombie, post-apocalyptic survival horror. But it is still alive and well. The Last of Us shows a good direction of what the consumers want. Tomb Raider as well, we spoke to R&D and they looked at that and they enjoyed that experience. I think that proves there is still a strong market for that sort of content."
It remains to be seen where the series will go with Resident Evil 7, as the franchise's plot is tied up fairly well. Perhaps this will be a reboot, or a spinoff featuring a new cast of characters to help it break away from the mold of past Resident Evil games.