Resident Evil 7 is in development and will be revealed within the month according to a Tokyo-based analyst.
Serkan Toto, a Tokyo-based analyst and CEO of consultancy firm Kantan Game, has created quite the stir on Twitter, saying that the long-touted Resident Evil 7 indeed existed and that it would be revealed in June.
“Yes, it’s in development. The entire game will go back to Resident Evil’s horror roots and (essentially) be a clean slate,” he said.
Murmurs of a “revisited” Resident Evil game being in development aren’t all that surprising. After all, Capcom has been re-releasing older games in the franchise for a while now, and it’s clear that the publisher is gauging public interest in a franchise whose more recent entries haven’t quite lived up to expectations.
According to Toto, the team developing Resident Evil 7 hired Jordan Amaro, who worked at Kojima Productions and helped out on development for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and that horrifyingly awesome Silent Hills demo, P.T..
Going back to the series’ “horror roots” would definitely be the best thing for any new Resident Evil game. Returning to the classic entries has been great fun, but the likes of Resident Evil 5 and particularly Resident Evil 6 struggled to really hone on in what has defined the series for so many years.
Even Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata hinted at a return to horror way back in 2013, telling Eurogamer that a reboot or revisit of the original would be great so long as it knew what Resident Evil was and what made it appealing to fans.
“I think we’ll get a lot of input from the fanbase and the media on what it means for Resident Evil, and what it could mean for the future of the series, once Revelations was released,” he said. “Moving forward I can see us focusing even more on the horror aspect and fear in the series, and see us making something scarier than we have already.”
The thought that someone that worked on P.T. could be working on Resident Evil is enough to suggest Capcom is committed to reigniting the franchise’s horror appeal.