Former Capcom employee, Shinji Mikami, sat down with IGN’s Jose Otero about the current state of survival horror, and how horror games gradually became more action oriented over time. The most revealing part of the interview is when Shinji Mikami admitted that Resident Evil remake for the GameCube is why Resident Evil 4 became more action oriented.
“The Resident Evil remake is actually one of my favorites of the series too. But it didn’t sell very well,” Mikami said. “Maybe there weren’t many people ready to accept that. Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake, I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.”
What a bummer. Let’s hope one day the Resident Evil series can return to it’s horror-survival roots.
Make sure to read the entire IGN interview in the link below.