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‘Resident Evil 7’ Will Appeal To The ‘Core Fanbase’

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Capcom is hoping to get things back on the right track with Resident Evil 7.

The developer disappointed quite a few fans when Resident Evil 6 hit retail last year. Some reviewers described the outing as “stilted and “tedious” while others took issue with the game’s reliance on backtracking. It definitely wasn’t the franchise’s finest hour.

Former Capcom marketing boss Michael Pattison recently told MCV that the developers have taken fan criticisms into consideration while crafting Resident Evil 7. Instead of putting the focus on gunplay, Pattison said the company is taking the game back to it survival horror roots.

He explained to the website:

With Resident Evil 6 specifically, we probably put too much content in there, there were comments from consumers that said it felt bloated. The Leon missions went down very well, and because we did Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS, there was a cry out for us to focus our attention on survival horror, rather than be too many things to all people. You’ll find where we go next will likely be more targeted at our core fanbase.

Pattison said that Capcom paid very close attention to the Resident Evil 6 review scores. Although the developers seemed interested in taking the franchise in a new direction, the fans obviously weren’t impressed with some of the changes.

One complaint players had with the last installment of the long-running series were the shifts in gameplay. Each of the different single-player campaigns had a different look and feel. This may have allowed for different experiences, but it clearly didn’t settle well with fans.

As a result of the poor response, Resident Evil 6 sales fell short of expectations. In order to bring folks back into the fold, developers decided to pour over the reviews to see what they got wrong.

“There was some great positives out of that, but it was a mixed bag, as we saw from the review scores. We have got to take that on-board, we can’t ignore that, and we have to take that onto the next game when we make the next Resident Evil,” Pattison said.

Were you disappointed with Resident Evil 6? Are you hoping the developers at Capcom take the series back to its survival horror roots with Resident Evil 7?

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5 Responses to “‘Resident Evil 7’ Will Appeal To The ‘Core Fanbase’”

  1. Mark Fields

    I like resident evil 6 but u add to much ammo to the game but if u cut it down like in the past re games and make where u relayed on fighting the next re games will be better and make it really scary like in the past re games all the re games story line is so cool I like the story line the co-op is good too so keep it for re 7 if u can make the game like real life because I want to be the hero in a real life zombie game.

  2. Jacob Ercolano

    What Capcom should do is remake 2 and 3 and watch as fans buy that game off the shelves and then that's how 7's base should be obviously not exactly the same but the base and as for melee I don't see any problems with it now or then so I would just leave as I'm not big on how the melee system is and as for the darn carrying weapons system that must change it was so frustrating dying because I had no idea how to use an herb it was so hard I figured it out and beat the game but it wasn't easy and switching guns was a pain in the neck and the music really was boring and very forgettable like I still remember nemesis's music from three and the mansion music from one and all of the others not mentioned now let me move on to the characters and plot well I liked 5 and 6's storyline but all my favorite characters are nearing 40 what no that's not right let's take some time off from moving time so quickly its okay if we're in 2014 and you're in 2013 or 2012 or 1998 or 1777 it really doesn't matter co-op something I begged for since I first started playing now I think can it really be scary if you always have backup probably not so let's remove that and see how it goes down if fans want it back for 8 bring it back but for 7 let's leave it be on single player. Well that's all I think should be changed because I really think capcom has a gem in resident evil if you make it right a stop giving the finger to your original fans oh and enough with the new characters bring back old characters like claire or Rebecca or Billy or Barry or somebody and no more Chris no more Leon I'm done with those two if they make an appearance it should be their death scene.

  3. Miranda DeRosia

    FIRST THING FIRST!! Make sure you put Jake, Leon, and Chris as main players and shit if ya can swing it Billy! and Idc if thats to many scenarios but they all need partners. (Sherry, Jill, Rebecca, and Claire) Let the players decide the camera angle I loved it from R.E 6! Now yes….please bring back puzzles. Maybe a few less bad guys at once. I loved the bosses. Keep that up. Keep the emblems, maybe focus on skills points going towards gun upgrades.

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