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Capcom, developer of the classic zombie-shooter Resident Evil, has stated there is a probability of a reboot of the franchise.
In an interview Eurogamer, Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata discusses possible components of an all-new reboot to the series.
“If we did [go with an open-world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players. It would almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay. That's just a personal opinion,” Kawata says . "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."
Capcom is currently working on bringing the 3DS game, Resident Evil: Revelations, to consoles. Kawata explains sales were decent for 3DS games at the time of release, but Capcom wanted a little more. With the possibility of a reboot of the 17-year old series, Kawata mentions a future prospect for the series as a whole. "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."
Before you start dreaming about what the next Resident Evil might entail, however, Kawata hopes you'll give his latest work a chance. "If anyone is waiting for an open-world Resident Evil, I think it will certainly be quite a while," Kawata says. "So in the meantime, I recommend giving Revelations a try."