We first heard of Resident Evil Umbrella Corps in July last year when a trademark owned by Capcom was spotted. This was followed shortly by the official reveal of the game in mid September, as a first person shooter title.
The game was released this month on June 21, but has performed very dismally. While it was expected that a first person shooter take on the series would be a freshi thing to do for the fans, it was clearly not liked by many.
Right after the launch of the game, its player count on Steam dropped to only a couple of hundred players, and if you thought that was unexpected, the game now has below 100 current players on average – according to Githyp, a data collection and analysis website.
According to them, the highest number of concurrent players that Resident Evil Umbrella Corps was able to get was only 419, and at the time of writing it only has 69 current players.
Not only that, the total number of non-unique players on the game are 21,177 so far, and in the complete one week of its release, the average daily low reached by the game was merely 5 players while even the average daily high was 34 players.
Resident Evil Umbrella Corps was an attempt by Capcom to go at the franchise from a different angle, by choosing a first person perspective and also be continuing the game type followed by Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.
However, it looks like the sad demise of both the games (and the shockingly early demise of Umbrella Corps) has taught the developers a lesson, the fruits of which are being seen in Resident Evil 7 Biohazard.
With Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Capcom says they are going back to the horror roots of the series. The game is following in the footsteps of P.T. the iconic playable teaser of Silent Hills which really, really invoked the feeling of fear we want from games.