Resident Evil: Revelations
Resident Evil Producer: It'd Be "Very Difficult" to Go Back to Series' Roots
Written Friday, February 01, 2013 By Richard Walker
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Speaking to Resident Evil: Revelations Producer, Masachika Kawata at Capcom's UK HQ yesterday, we asked whether one day we might see a reboot for what has increasingly become a third-person action survival horror series in recent years. Could Resident Evil ever return to its roots as a more considered, puzzle-laden affair a la Resident Evil 1 to 3?

"I think it's very difficult to literally go back to our roots on that and take gameplay mechanics and styles that we did fifteen years ago and redo them now," Kawata told PS3T. "Revelations' goal was to go back to the series' roots in terms of the content and horror, while at the same time trying to modernise the gameplay, because we think that's what gamers want."

However, Kuwata went on to explain that the future of the series could be defined by fan feedback. "It'll be interesting to see the reaction to Resident Evil: Revelations on console and that feedback and reaction will definitely inform decisions like that in the future."

Nonetheless, Kuwata sees a return to the series' roots something that would be "very difficult".

"For myself, I see it as something that would be very difficult to pull off," he said.

With Resident Evil: Revelations also winning plaudits upon its release on the Nintendo 3DS, we asked where it was Kuwata thought Resident Evil 6 had misstepped.

"I think one main difference between the two games is Revelations' has this focus on this one aspect of Resident Evil, which is survival horror," Kuwata explained.

"Resident Evil 6's aim was to be appealing to a wide variety of people. It's really something that had a 'dramatic horror' or 'horror as entertainment' concept at its core that was appealing to a wider audience, and that's something that majorly factored into the difference in reception."

Resident Evil: Revelations is out this May. Look out for our full interview with Masachika Kuwata soon.


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Comment #1 by love_handles1987
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:02:17 AM
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Stop being faggots Capcom and just give the die hard fans what they want: a survival horror game! Not an absolute bombastic cluster fu*k! aka Resi 6

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Comment #2 by SakisK
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:07:13 AM
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Comment #3 by tima_13
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:07:24 AM
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Capcom doesn't care about our opinions they care about money.

"Resident Evil 6's aim was to be appealing to a wide variety of people" means they want money and money only. If they cared about our opinions, they would've listened to the many fans who were disappointed with RE5. Instead they made a worse RE6

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Comment #4 by MikeyPooPants
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:14:00 AM
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They reboot everything else to the point of it being ridiculous ... But they can't reboot one of the few things that desperately NEEDS a reboot?

I would absolutely love a good RE reboot.

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Comment #5 by AshtimusPrime
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:28:37 AM
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The fans complain that Resident Evil is no longer horror and they don't like the recent installments. RE4 is the most critically acclaimed in the series and RE5 is the biggest selling. Why would Capcom go back now?

@4 Do you really think that a Resident Evil reboot would be any good? Rebooting the first game or the second would just cement those entries as action-orientated as well.

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Comment #6 by gaviota1195
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:33:01 AM
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@3 Im sorry, but I got to defend it. I think RE6 is a good game. It doesn't follow the traditional RE style that fans are used to, but it's not supposed to. Like Masachika said, RE6 goes for variety and I believe it is a worthy sequel to the RE Franchise and WAY BETTER than RE5 (But not superior to RE4). In the end though, I can understand why people were disappointed. Re Revelations for me, is by far, the closest were going to get with Old School RE combined with New School RE. You can still hate the game if you want, but for what it is and for what it was going for, I think Capcom did a good job. (Although there are a few personal things that I would have improved a lot).

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Comment #7 by Crazoh
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:54:51 AM
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Comment #8 by Wicked Seraph
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:39:22 AM
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After 5 and 6 idgaf. I think I'm done with them. I didn't think it could get much worse than 5 but damn it if they didn't pull it off.

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Comment #9 by legrooos
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:41:01 AM
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Don't care, after hall it's half half here: RE 1-2-3 were survivals, RE 4-5-6 were actions.
And besides chris shitty call of campaign, RE6 was a blast, enemy design was top and the game fun.

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Comment #10 by Vikaris
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 09:28:27 AM
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outbreak file 3 and this all goes away.

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Comment #11 by MikeyPooPants
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:04:41 AM
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@5 Rebooting doesn't necessarily mean remaking the original. It means starting over. It's been done with plenty of games.

Starting the series over with survival horror gameplay and not 3rd person shooter action gameplay could be awesome. There's no reason they can't reboot the series with a new storyline.

The series has already been all but killed anyway. So they can keep making bad action games or try rebooting it. What is there to lose? People obviously don't care for the direction it's gone lately.

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Comment #12 by LeonKennedy_UAE
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:10:45 AM
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Resident evil OUTBREAK 3 will please both new school and old school fans.

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Comment #13 by Lu81NL
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:35:11 AM
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Comment #14 by Lu81NL
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:40:55 AM
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This is one of the reasons I lost my love for gaming. Games aren't classics anymore like back in the day. All these new games are rushed games that are 70% completed and they sell it to us. While they patch up the game for a few months after it. These days it's all about money. Quantity over quality... *shakes head*

p.s. Konami please bring us Metal Gear Solid 5.

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Comment #15 by Flames
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:58:29 AM
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This proves that Capcom won't be making any Survival Horror game in the future.
Dramatic Horror -.- yeah sure full of action.

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Comment #16 by Banacheckfps
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 11:04:57 AM
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I think Capcom should start over and make a true survival horror game, i would like to see ZombiU ported over to the PS3. With a different name i bet it would be a hit on the Playstation a true survival horror. Unlike Resi6 & Deadspace3 going more action.

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Comment #17 by Diago
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 11:05:50 AM
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the sexy chris is back :D yumm yumm

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Comment #18 by BAOH76
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 11:55:17 AM
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the staff of Capcom does not go back on the Resident Evil series because it is easier to make money with inferior products.

not have the balls to create a game with mechanical intelligent ...... you know just make games where you shoot and that's it.

Give us back the real resident evil, we saw at the end users who have to pay.

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Comment #19 by tima_13
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:17:34 PM
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@6 I think RE6 is a below average, action, co-op game which got RE6 name slapped on it by Capcom because they wanted to sell more copies. Can you really say that you would have bought and liked this game if it didn't have RE name on it?

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Comment #20 by nycking
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:04:39 PM
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That's ok Crapcom, the Dead Space games have been filling the void your RE games left. After playing RE 5+6 I, can see why it'd be very difficult to go back to the series' roots. It is nothing like it used to be.

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Comment #21 by gaviota1195
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:31:12 PM
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@19 For what it is, Yes. Compare the game to RE 5. Look at it from that perspective and you can see for those who would enjoy this game more. (The improvements and what not) Compare it to RE Revelations or the previous games (Excluding Operation Raccoon City) Then RE6 is a let down and I understand why. What I want to establish is the fact that RE6 is entertaining, it's fun and people should play it. But of course, it has departed from it's roots and it's not what some fans want. So for the last time, you got to view it from different perspectives to see how good and disappointing the game is. If you want my personal opinion: I give it a 6/10 to a 6.5/10.

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Comment #22 by Fragpuss
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 06:28:21 PM
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does anyone else remember when re6 was first announced, they said it would take 4 years to come out, and would be a total reboot of the series, i guess at some point they figured "ah sod it, let's just go for money".

I do still like re6 but certainly not for the reasons i love the early resident evil games/series, without the resident evil name, re5 and 6 were good shooters, but with the resident evil name slapped on them they fall very short, which is why i try and view them as non resident evil games.

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Comment #23 by Assassins-Jack
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:37:35 AM
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just give me Dino Crisis 4 i want too come on............

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Comment #24 by PeterSmith82
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 03:35:38 AM
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RE 5-6 was complete garbage. RE 1-4 were the best ones. Capcom says it doesn't want to go back to its Roots...than fans aren't going but anymore RE's.

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Comment #25 by Darthtoxicity
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 06:44:55 AM
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He's right. People aren't looking for the same thing they were looking for back in 1996.

Resident Evil 1 would not have sold 1 Million+ if it was conjured up and came out around now.

I know, it's gross that money and sales are what make the games now, but I'm just being honest with all the original RE fans (including myself).

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Comment #26 by Little Gray
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 01:04:51 PM
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@ 25 Money and sales have always been what makes games.

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