For the last few years Capcom has been gradually approaching a more and more action-shooter style of game with their Resident Evil series, but with their latest developments it seems that they will be changing their approach.
With the HD remake of the original Resident Evil and the sequel to Revelations on the way, Capcom is showing their love to the die-hard fans of the franchise that long for more survival-horror-leaning renditions of the third person shooter.
The original Resident Evil, the one that invigorated the horror videogame genre, will be bringing the incredible classic title to re-upped resolution and modern graphics. The horror elements within Resident Evil 1 are already in place, but now it seems Capcom is looking to invoke the same feel into their new games.
The November issue of Gamesmaster Magazine shows that even Resident Evil Revelation 2 will very much counter that of the action-oriented gameplay prominent in Resident Evil 5 & 6.
With a more mature Claire Redfield taking center stage and an abandoned island detention facility the setting for the zombie invested exploration, Revelations 2 has the pieces set to be one of the best Resident Evil games to ever release, but how those pieces are assembled will be what defines the game.
The way the story is initially presented so far makes it seem like the mysterious will play a greater part in constructing the mood of the gameplay.
Moira Burton, daughter of the S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team member Barry Burton, joins Claire throughout the game as they both are awaken on the Island after being abducted by unknown captors.
Now the series plans to shake things up a bit with a new enemy that’s noticeably different than the standard zombies — “the Afflicted.”
The afflicted are said to resemble the typical infected dead, but their strength should not be underestimated, and that could bring out a deeper strategic approach to the game.
Revelations 2 producer, Michiteru Okabe, noted that “The project has been finding the line between listening to fan feedback and also doing something different to confound expectations.”
It’s certainly a positive to see Okabe explain their intentions of Resident Evil Revelation 2 this way. For all too long it seemed the series had been in a downward spiral, losing respect and validity as the defining survival-horror game with each of their last few releases losing the true “heart” of what makes Resident Evil great. Understanding the validity of the fan feedback has the franchise looking like it’s heading in the right direction again.
2015 will surely be a big year for Capcom as the Resident Evil HD Remake is pegged to release early 2015 and Revelations 2 is due later in the year.