The director of Resident Evil Village has said that aside from exploring more horror and fear, he’s not sure what the future holds for the series.
Talk with Famitsu, Resident Evil Village Director Morimasa Sato admitted he’s not sure what the future holds for the franchise, but said she will continue to evolve her approach to horror. Although the fundamentals of fear have never gone far, resident Evil 25 years of history have seen the series change quite drastically on more than one occasion.
In its original incarnation, tentpole brand Capcom featured fixed camera angles that accentuated slow, methodical gameplay. The advent of Resident Evil 4 in 2005, reinvented both the groundbreaking horror franchise and gaming in general, introducing the basis for what would become action horror. Additionally, Capcom ditched the stationary camera in favor of an over-the-shoulder view of the camera, which has served as inspiration for people like Weaponry of war. D the developers changed course once again by diving into Resident Evil 7, an entry that leaned more into survival horror mechanics and ditched the third-person perspective in its entirety and instead focused on first-person gameplay. As a direct result of RE7, This year RE Village further developed the mechanics packed into the 2017 experience. But what could a ninth main entry do to shake things up yet again?
Morimasa Sato recently spoke with a Japanese publication Famitsu on the future of resident Evil. Siliconera translated excerpts from the interview, in which Sato admitted to being unsure of how the narrative will play out following the mad adventure in Resident Evil Village. He did, however, mention his interest in continuing to explore what defines horror, telling Famitsu the following: “There are some clichés with classic horror creatures, storylines, and execution, but “fear” is essentially a primitive reaction to an unforeseeable or unknowable event. So I feel like there’s only a new sense of horror, or a new Resident Evil, only after shattering these clichés. “
Sato later noted that resident Evil has always evolved with the aim of providing the best horror experience possible. But as to where such a trajectory can lead the brand next, Sato said this: “I don’t know how the Resident Evil series will evolve in the future. “
It won’t be spoiled here, but Resident Evil Village’s The ending suggests that the story behind Ethan Winters isn’t over yet. Sato’s comments imply that the development team is unsure whether or not to pursue a third chapter for this particular story.
At the very least, the world of RE Village will ultimately have more to offer. Capcom announced during its presentation at E3 2021 that development had just started on an expansion, for example. The publisher’s annual report for 2021 also stated free RE Village A DLC separate from the paid content is in the works.
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