Capcom fans are about to hear a double dose of good news and bad news, as the legendary publisher has announced future plans for two of its most popular franchises: “Resident Evil” and “Devil May Cry.” The publisher has confirmed that one of these properties will be going back to its roots, while the other will remain inactive.
During an interview that was covered by Siliconera, the company confirmed that horror would be coming back to the “Resident Evil” series. Ever since “Resident Evil 4” was launched, the series has become much more action-oriented, with an emphasis on shooting and quick time events.
The reaction to this new move has been mixed. While “Resident Evil 4” is considered by many to be a masterpiece, its sequels failed to live up to expectations. “Resident Evil 5” has its fair share of fans, but many fans felt the series “jumped the shark” when Chris Redfield punched a boulder. “Resident Evil 6” was considered mediocre and many complained about the game’s online mechanics and contrived plot.
It seems like the publisher has listened to fans and confirmed that the next “Resident Evil” title would focus on horror again. When asked about “Resident Evil 7,” the publisher merely told fans to “stay tuned” for future announcements about the series’ future.
While the “Resident Evil” series remains alive and well, the same cannot be said for the “Devil May Cry” series. Though not dead, there are apparently no plans for the action game series, according to VG24/7.
The last game in the series was the 2013 reboot “DMC: Devil May Cry,” which got a mixed reception. While the critics praised the game’s combat and level design, many fans were disappointed in Dante’s new character design and story. Capcom released new skins for the game that featured Dante’s older look to please these fans, but the damage may have been done.
Both “Resident Evil” and “Devil May Cry” have gotten HD re-releases for current-gen consoles. In fact, Capcom plans on releasing a new HD version of “Resident Evil Zero” next year, with more HD remakes of the company’s games coming in the near future.