Last January showed us something very interesting. Not only was it a rare occasion in which we saw Capcom actually succeed in terms of sales, it also informed us about the fan following of Resident Evil and what Capcom need to fix. As we're aware, PSN history was made in January with the release of the Resident Evil HD Remake on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3.
It was the fastest selling title on Playstation's store ever, which gave us an insight into what players are looking from in terms of new releases. For one thing, Resident Evil HD Remake was perfectly priced at only $20, but perhaps it will give Publishers an insight into the minds of their modern audience: we like survival horror games!!
Resident Evil 7 & Resident Evil HD Remake
In recent years we've seen Capcom move away from the traditional aspects of the RE franchise, in an effort to streamline the series in order to gain a larger audience. However, much to the dismay of survival horror fans all over the world, we've had to watch what made Resident Evil so great slowly slip away from us. Let's hope that Resident Evil HD Remake's release date success has taught them a lesson for the future of the franchise.
There is a bustling fan base out there who are dying to get their hands on a good survival horror game, one that embraces the difficulty of Resident Evil and keeps its chore mechanics intact. This relates to its atmosphere, scarcity of ammo, intriguing storyline and challenging puzzles. Capcom has certainly lost sight of the latter aspect of the Resident Evil games and they've become rather easy, which is most apparent with Resident Evil 6.
Now, we must also acknowledge the fact that Shinji Mikami's Resident Evil is a masterpiece in its own right. It changed the meaning of survival horror in video games and continues to influence horror titles to this day. Therefore, it must be taken into account that one of the main reasons this sold so well was not just because horror fans are without a good horror game, RE is an exceptional gaming experience in its own right.
But what about the future of the franchise? What about Capcom's splitting of RE into Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and the possible Resident Evil 7? As many publishers have done, Capcom has gone and split the Resident Evil series into two different franchises. The Revelations series pertains to more survival horror elements than the numerical instalments claim to. But what if that could change?
Resident Evil 7 is very likely to happen, especially after the success of the Resident Evil HD Remake. But will they simply continue to streamline the series? Or can they realise that the aspects of Resident Evil that fans love so much is what brought them all to open up their wallets right after Christmas.
Survival horror is not just a niche market and there is still great potential out there for a game that presents its players with a challenge and a damn creepy atmosphere. Resident Evil 7 has certainly not been announced or received a release date for the Xbox One and PS4, but I sincerely hope that Capcom can integrate the elements that brought us back to RE in January into their new instalment.
So what do you think fans? Were you of those that purchased the Resident Evil HD Remake in January? Do you want to see Capcom return to the glory days of the series for Resident Evil 7, or are you happy with their modern take on survival horror? Let us know in the comments!