A while back rumors began to spreading through the web like wildfire, claiming that Capcom would be announcing Resident Evil 7 at E3 and exclusively for Microsoft’s Xbox One. Now a brand new rumor has surfaced stating that a brand new game in the popular horror franchise will be announced at E3, but it won’t be Resident Evil 7. Instead fans will treated to another spin-off similar to 2012’s ‘Resident Evil: Revelations’.
This fresh and interesting rumor dropped on NeoGAF gaming forum by the highly credible News Bot, with multiple sources confirming the info.
Here is the details that NeoGAF member News Bot shared with everyone.
- It is not Resident Evil 7.
- It will feature three returning characters from the series. One male and two female.
- Two of these characters haven’t been seen in a ‘decade’ and one of them never had an appearance in-game.
- It will be revealed at E3 2014.
News Bot went on to offer a bit of clarity in regards to the one character who never made an in-game appearance before.
“Regarding the one who doesn’t appear in-game, I should be a little more specific (because I’m sure someone would call me a liar for being to general). They are mentioned in games but are a background character with no “active” appearance yet. It’s not someone from the canon movies/comics.”
I shouldn’t have to remind anyone to remember to take this all with a grain of salt. Unless we hear this officially from the horse’s (Capcom) mouth, this should be considered a rumor and nothing more.
Based on Capcom’s track record when it comes to releasing numbered Resident Evil titles, a spin-off instead of Resident Evil 7 seems more likely. If you look back almost a decade you’ll see that Resident Evil 4 was released in 2005 while Resident Evil 5 dropped in 2009 followed by Resident Evil 6 in 2012. That’s a four years between 4 & 5 and a three year wait between 5 & 6. Since 2005 Capcom has also released other RE titles including the main entries.
- Resident Evil 4 – Gamecube (2005)
- Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles – Nintendo Wii (2007)
- Resident Evil 5 – PS3, Xbox 360 (2009)
- Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles – Nintendo Wii (2009)
- Resident Evil : The Mercenaries 3D – Nintendo 3DS (2010)
- Resident Evil : Revelations – Nintendo 3DS (2012)
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City – PS3, PC and Xbox 360 (2012)
- Resident Evil 6 – PS3, Xbox 360 (2012)
As you can see Capcom doesn’t rush out next their Resident Evil sequels so quickly. Instead they give the fans spin-offs, what-ifs and prequels before they drop the next numbered entry in the franchise. Let’s not forget the HD remakes and re releases of past games like Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica X. So one would expect to wait a little longer before the publisher delivers Resident Evil 7.
Another thing to consider is the criticism Resident Evil 6 received from critics and fans alike. Despite going on to sell over 5 million copies, RE6 failed to meet sales expectations and earned mixed reviews from both sides due to the game being a bigger and relatively unwelcome departure from its horror roots, feeling more like a third-person shooter or action title than a survival horror game. Capcom has gone on to state that they are taking fan feedback into consideration and Resident Evil 7 will go back to its survival horror roots. The publisher will make sure the developer delivers what they promised with RE7.
At the end of the day it is just speculation, the next Resident Evil game could in fact be part 7, it could be a spin-off, a sequel to ‘Revelations’ or they could be no E3 Resident Evil announcement at all. As I stated before, take it all with a grain of salt until Capcom confirms or denies it, or E3 comes and goes.