Capcom: Survival Horror Market “Too Small” for Resident Evil

Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise has been one of the – if not the main reason – the survival horror genre was coined. In saying that, the game’s past few releases has been focusing more and more on action elements and this has fans worried.

If you’re one of the many that hopes to see the franchise go back to its roots, you might be out of luck. There’s a reason the Resident Evil series has been flirting more and more with the action genre and it looks like it won’t be stopping anytime soon – if Capcom Producer Masachika Kawata had his way.

Speaking to Gamasutra, Kawata, who was also the producer for Resident Evil: Revelations, states that he doesn’t think the market is big enough for a survival horror game.

Kawata, who’s not involved with the franchise’s next numbered installment (RE 6), compares survival horror game sales to that of Call of Duty – the current king when it comes to multi-million sellers.

Looking at the marketing data [for survival horror games] … the market is small, compared to the number of units Call of Duty and all those action games sell…a ‘survival horror’ Resident Evildoesn’t seem like it’d be able to sell those kind of numbers.

The producer does also admit that he doesn’t think the Resident Evil franchise should abandon its horror element and be an entirely action-driven affair adding, “I can’t really speak for Resident Evil 6, but I don’t think that it necessarily has to go all the way in that [action-heavy] direction, the Call of Duty direction.

It doesn’t have to be a straight up shooter. But my impression is that Resident Evil 4 and 5 aren’t shooters, per se.

Kawata thinks that they still have opportunities to explore the series’ survival horror roots, but added that the spin-offs (Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, etc.) and the like can be made to hit the other markets as well.

What do you think? Do you agree with his sentiments? To be honest, Aside from EA’s Battlefield 3 – which is also another multiplayer-centric FPS affair – there’s not another genre/game that can come even close to what Call of Duty’s doing now.

Is it foolish of Capcom to even try and take away some of that lucrative action pie?

Source: Gamasutra