To those fans worrying that the recent Tokyo Game Show convention announcement of Umbrella Corps indicated that the company was moving further away from the traditional Resident Evil entries, fear no longer: Capcom has announced that they are working on a main-series installment of the long-running franchise.
Masachika Kawata, producer for the Resident Evil series over at Capcom has released a statement discussing the future for the series:
Resident Evil still means survival horror to most people, but it’s also a brand that has evolved over time. It’s been around for 20 years, and over that time it’s seen a variety of spin-off and side titles. We think it’s important to have a variety of experiences within that single brand.
I think some people might have been surprised that we came out with a third-person shooter like this. But creating experiences that branch out from the core, mainline franchise has always been part of the Resident Evil series. Of course, if people are looking forward to games that are more back on the main track that we’ve released so far, we’ve got stuff in the pipeline in that direction too. We’ve got a nice selection of experiences that can suit most players.
While Resident Evil 6 was the last main-series game to be released, it was generally not well received, but with the from-the-ground-up remake of the fan favorite Resident Evil 2 that was recently announced, the news of work on another title in the franchise come as another ray of hope for fans hoping for another great survival-horror geared installment of Resident Evil to have them playing with the lights on.