ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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The name Resident Evil has been bringing shudders to fans of the series for the past few years for all of the wrong reasons. Resident Evil 6 and the abysmal Resident Evil: Raccoon City, are showing us how far Capcom have taken the series from its glorious survival horror roots. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like returning to those glorious beginnings is their priority.

The serial Resident Evil games, as in those with numbers in the titles, have chosen to be more open to the gaming community, in that they seem to consider the survival horror genre too much of a small niche market. They'd rather aim for huge box office success rather than pleasing their fans.

Resident Evil & Survival Horror

Resident Evil
Resident Evil

Resident Evil: Revelations is one perhaps the only game in recent memory that showed at least a hint of what made the old games so great. It seems that Capcom has decided to split their franchise, as many publishers and developers are opting for, in order for twice the amount of money to come rolling in.

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The Revelations series appears to be the one that will be geared more towards the true fans of Resident Evil, with more of a focus on survival horror. Whereas Resident Evil 7 will continue along the same vein. Though that may not necessarily be true. Capcom haven't been doing as well, financially, as they would like. Therefore, they are taking huge strides in order to change how their successful franchises are run.

Resident Evil: Revelations
Resident Evil: Revelations
I think one thing that’s become really clear is what people want out of the Resident Evil series is survival horror first and foremost, they want that to be the core of the gameplay.
I think what we really need to do is take a serious look at what makes the series itself, look at all the constituent part, if resource management is important to survival horror, then why is it important, what does it mean, and what do these varying elements mean to the franchise? How can we then take that and work with modern technology? - Okabe

If we can take Okabe's word on this, then we may start to see quite a decisive shift in how the Resident Evil games will be developed in the future. We all remember how incredible the series was under the command of Mikami, even Resident Evil 4 was a masterpiece. Is Mikami what Resident Evil is missing? Look at how great The Evil Within is doing!

The Evil Within
The Evil Within

What does this mean then? Should Resident Evil be looking back to its roots in order to fix its future, or will it stay the same and we'll have to look to other series for the same sense of survival horror. What about the likes of Alien: Isolation?

Alien: Isolation & Survival Horror

In the opening hours of Alien: Isolation, I was confronted with an atmosphere that I hadn't really experienced in a game for a very long time. The tension as I navigated these dark and dank corridors of beautifully recreated Alien environments was actually really good.

Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation

I had no idea when the Alien was going to arrive and when it did, it was left to the player to slowly back away and we weren't met with a cut scene that severed the tension. The only thing that I would criticise the game for is its length. While this tension is wonderful, the game struggles to fill in the middle sections wherein the Alien isn't around.

Though all in all, as an Alien fan and survival horror fan, I was in my element with Alien: Isolation. Now all I need is a game like this with more monsters. Well, we used to have that, but apparently not anymore. The Creative Assembly gave us an experience we'd long been deprived of and I was glad to have them do it! If Alien can do it, why can't Resident Evil do it once again?

Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation

I'm not so sure I'd appreciate an Alien: Isolation 2, so to speak, as I feel like it'll just be another game that will destroy a much beloved universe. Let's just leave this creation alone for a while and enjoy what we have. In the mean time, we need an experience similar to this game in a new setting. I really hope that Resident Evil 7 or Resident Evil: Revelations 2 can accomplish this.

What are your thoughts, where do you see the future of survival horror going?

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