There’s been talk of a Resident Evil reboot for quite awhile now and Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata has confirmed it’s a distinct possibility, “As long as it stays true to what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans.”
“It would have to be accesible to new players and would almost entail a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay.” Kawata said while speaking with Eurogamer on the topic.
He also made sure to quell any rumors by saying that this was really just his 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.”
Kawata would probably have a lot of say in those decisions, though, as he’s been a part of many Capcom development teams such as Dino Crisis, Onimusha and every Resident Evil game since 4 and its reinvention. They’ll be looking very closely at feedback that comes from the release of Revelations on home consoles.
“I think we’ll be getting a lot of input from the fanbase and the media on what it means for Resident Evil and what it could mean for the future of the series. We’ll definitely be looking at that as a signpost for where we need to be going next. Moving forward I can see us focusing even more on the horror aspect and fear in the series, and see us making something scarier than we have already. If anyone is waiting for an open-world Resident Evil, I think it will certainly be quite a while.”
He finishes out the interview by pushing the new release: “So in the meantime, I recommend giving Revelations a try.”
Resident Evil: Revelations will release on PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 in North America on May 21 and in Europe on May 24.
The title will also be available to download digitally from the same dates on PS3 for $49.99 and PC for $39.99. Details on digital versions for Xbox 360 and Wii U will follow at a later date.