Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is not that far from its debut on February 24th on PS3 and PS4 in North America, with a European launch one day later on the 25th. The Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC release will also be on February 25th. The episodic survival horror title will release four episodes, one week after another, but does it have what it takes to save the RE series and Capcom?
As of late, the Resident Evil series has lost a great deal of its support from its fan base, who claim that the survival horror roots and quality have been lost over the years. In an attempt to regain what they once had, Capcom has attempted to win back their fan's support. But have they gone about it all wrong?
On the other hand, the survival horror genre saw the return of one if its pioneers, Shinji Mikami last year. The Evil Within was a successful launch for the director and his new IP, but where exactly does the future of this genre lie? Will we see Resident Evil: Revelations 2 succeed on its release date?
Resident Evil 2: Revelations vs. The Evil Within 2
Survival horror has become an increasingly niche genre within the gaming community. Publishers are now reluctant to ostracise a portion of their potential fan base by creating a game that only appeals to a small minority of the public. Therefore, we've seen Capcom attempt to commercialise the Resident Evil series by implementing aspects from other successful titles into RE. And I don't think it's stopped just yet.
In the trailers for their latest venture into this universe, players have commented on the similarities to Mikami's work but also with the likes of Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. This is particularly apparent in relation to Barry and the young girl that follows him around during his missions. Is this co-operative aspect totally against what survival horror is all about?
The question remains. After seeing so much of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, does the game seem to fulfil our needs in terms of survival horror? Or does the future of the genre lie with a potential sequel to The Evil Within? I'd personally love to see the two series combine and become The Evil Resident or The Resident Within. Man they are bad titles.
But the facts remain. Fans of survival horror are desperately seeking a new series to sink their teeth into, or perhaps witness the rejuvenation of the Resident Evil series. Perhaps the likes of Alien: Isolation are more appropriately showing the way? Personally I found that to be far superior to The Evil Within.
So where do your loyalties lie horror fans? Are The Evil Within and Resident Evil games still giving you the horror satisfaction that you crave? Or have you sought other methods and titles for your gratification? Let us know in the comments!