game could be. And whether it’d be better for Capcom to be working on a new game like Resident Evil 8, or continue on the Resident Evil Remake path.
Enter the Survival Horror.
John Borba: Resident Evil is a series that has wandered quite a bit over the years, both in the narrative and in the core mechanics of the game. That said, the recent Resident Evil 2 remake took some incredible steps in a direction that returns the series to form, while providing some incredible and welcome updates that made for one of the best games of 2019 so far.
However, maybe we don’t need to stay in the past.
Resident Evil is a series with the potential to recreate some of it’s best moments in new and interesting ways, while breaking new ground and telling new stories. Resident Evil 8 is certainly coming our way someday and I don’t know why Capcom would continue to make remakes at the cost of growing one of its biggest titles. Resident Evil 7 was a hit and (while I have personal misgivings about the game) it explored some interesting new avenues mechanically.
I think Capcom has seen a lot of success with its two recent survival horror endeavors that would serve a sequel and could potentially inspire something both memorable and new. I’m hoping this unannounced project is exactly that.
Matt Kim: I think Capcom does its games a disservice by just calling them “remakes.” Arguably, the Resident Evil GameCube remake, and the more recent Resident Evil 2 remake, are essentially new experiences.
It’s not like Capcom is just making old games look prettier. Resident Evil 2 incorporates a lot of visual elements from Resident Evil 7, as well as new gameplay features like dismemberment. Basically, what I’m trying to say is even if Capcom’s next Resident Evil game is a remake, it most certainly won’t be “just” a visual upgrade.
Is it so wrong for me to ask Capcom sprinkle whatever new gameplay mechanics and visual improvements they might be working on, over the delicious meal that is older games in the series? Resident Evil 2 remake did such a great job with Mr. X, but I’m very excited to see what they could do with the all-time GOAT Tyrant, Nemesis.
John Borba: I’ll admit that the idea of a Resident Evil 3 remake is incredibly appealing, but I’m also excited as the prospect of taking many of the lessons learned and venturing into uncharted territory. I do think that many of my criticisms of Resident Evil 7 can be attributed to it abandoning much of the characters, story, puzzles, and setting we’ve come to know in a Resident Evil game.
A new chapter in the series will be formed after the success of Resident Evil 2, with Capcom fully recognizing the importance of Raccoon City, its beloved cast of characters, and the frailty of humanity in these spectacularly terrifying circumstances. I would hope that a sequel would serve that lore again after being reminded how much of this series is built upon its foundation.
Matt Kim: Fair enough. I still think Capcom can innovate while working with an existing canvas, but either way, Capcom has been on a winning streak with Resident Evil as of late. Both Resident Evil 7, and the Resident Evil 2 remake have been, I think, home-runs. So whatever’s next for the series I’m sure Capcom has a good direction for it.
But we can agree that a Code Veronica Remake would be sweet, right?
John Borba: Oh my GOD, Yes. MAKE IT HAPPEN, CAPCOM.