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Submitted by CERN 649d ago | opinion piece

‘Resident Evil 6′ Sales Below Expectations: Should Future ‘RE’ Games Return to Form?

At the time of the Resident Evil 6 release, Capcom was confidently touting over-the-top action in their latest flagship survival horror installment. However, after a mixed-to-negative response from critics (read our Resident Evil 6 review) and uninspired word-of-mouth from faithful gamers, the publisher began to significantly tweak the recently released title – undoing a number of clear-cut design decisions: adding a co-op character for the “solo” Ada campaign and expanding the auto-assist QTE option to all difficulties, among other updates. (Capcom, PC, PS3, Resident Evil 6, Wii U, Xbox 360)

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Root  +   650d ago
They should but they won't, Capcom are too proud, they don't want to admit that they were wrong so they will keep pushing this horrible new direction, Sqaure Enix is the same with Lightning and FF13.

If they do I'd rather they reboot it, start from the begining again, theres no way I would want them to continue in the old form after how much RE6 screwed everything up with it's terrible plot and what they did to much loved characters.

Start from the beginging, manison incident, same story, same characters, but change things around that will impact future RE games and make the story differn't.

Mansion dosen't blow up at the end of RE - Zombies/Experiments wander into Raccoon City - Outbreak starts earlier with STARS team still inside City etc ....go from there, it would change Leons story, Sherrys, Adas, Claire, Carlos and thats just by one small change in the first game.
LOGICWINS  +   650d ago
"They should but they won't, Capcom are too proud, they don't want to admit that they were wrong"

They will if they see that its costing them money.
abzdine  +   649d ago
the customer needs to understand that it's him who decides cause there will be no capcom without customers and fans. you are not happy about the product dont buy it and for sure they will feel it.

Capcom are not too proud they are just a bunch of liars. Remember their excuse post RE5 release about the fact that it's not possible to aim and move at the same time? they said it was something classic and RE wouldnt feel like one if they removed that.. guess what they did with RE6..... -_-

So they go back to the roots or they go bankrupt.. Mikami SOS!!!!
Hatsune-Miku  +   649d ago
I would buy this game if they release a vita version with co op like on the consoles
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ABizzel1  +   649d ago
@abzdine

Are you saying they need to go back to stop and shoot? If so I highly doubt that's what's wrong with Resident Evil.

RE6 just wasn't a Resident Evil game. It was a decent action game set in the world of Resident Evil. I don't dislike the new Resident Evil style (RE4, RE5, and RE6), but they need to tone it down a bit. Maybe 70% classic mixed with 30% current would be the magic formula.

1. They need to re-introduce horror back into the franchise.

2. They need to work on co-op in a completely different way. Co-op is fun, but it takes away from the horror of the games. I think what they did in RE6 where 4 of the characters would meet up during a boss fight is something they should do instead of full co-op. Have people play through the campaign's as a single player, and then at times you meet up with another character to progress through that area, then go your separate ways. That would be better than full on campaign co-op.

3. If you must keep campaign co-op (since a lot of people like it) then have the option to turn it off. That's the best of both worlds.

4. Action controls are fine, but an action game isn't. I don't want to go back to the old control style, I prefer the update to the controls, and they make the game play seamlessly. However, I don't want to be a super solider that runs through hordes of zombies. Limit the ammo like the old games, add more melee weapons, and balance the enemies out to where they aren't bullet sponges so the game is more survival horror than it is action.

5. Capcom needs to drop the QTE's (get rid of them all together).

6. Have a single setting and stick to it. Raccoon City was great because you were in a city filled with zombies, and trying to find your way out. That already builds tension, but when you flying from Washington to China to the mountains it takes away from the horror and turns it into action again. Pick a single location, and stick to it.

7. Learn from the competition. You have the cast of characters now build the game;

Open World: Dead Island has a good setting, but an Open World Racoon City would be amazing. On top of that co-op would be even better, since people could be able to spawn in at completely different points on the map, and run around the city on their own keeping the horror intact.

Character interaction: The Walking Dead is amazing, because every character's fate is in your hands. With RE7 take notes from TWD. You can save people who may be able to help you later, give you ammo, herbs, or access to locked rooms. Or you can leave them and save yourself, and come back to steal what they had on them.

Story: Make the game survival horror and seriers, not action-adventure and summer blockbuster.

Survivors: THe main cast, and villains can't be the only ones to make it out. Have NPC's out there that are trying to make it out as well. They make the whole game more believable.

I know these are big changes for the franchies, but I think these changes are the ones that will move it from the standard RE, up to a true next-gen successor.
ABizzel1  +   649d ago
Story: Make the game survival horror and SERIOUS, not action-adventure and summer blockbuster.
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Ghoul  +   649d ago
Companys are profit and revenue driven
They will do whatever helps the cashflow

People really think big companys these days follow a certain opinion or moral...
If the new resident evil makes less money they WILL change it to something they think will sell.

If that means a roll back to the old is pure speculation
hot4play  +   649d ago
"Start from the beginging, manison incident, same story, same characters, but change things around that will impact future RE games and make the story differn't. "

I dont agree with this. That would just f*** up the story and characters even more. I feel we don't need to revisit the mansion (again). That's beating a dead horse. Let's close the book on the whole mansion/STARS/Umbrella saga already and really start fresh. NEW characters, NEW setting but keep the spirit/atmosphere.

Besides, they already tried doing that with the Chronicles sub-series and O:RC and look how those turned out :/
Dmd  +   649d ago
Yeah, but they didn't really tried, did they? A on-rails FPS and a third person squad shooter done by one of the worst developers this gen?

I agree with you both. Should they dish the action and went back to the horror, I'd be just as happy with a reboot as I would with a new setting.
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raiden-49  +   649d ago
Yea but keep Barry Burton.
hot4play  +   649d ago
@Dmd
Or REmake 2 + 3 similar to the Gamecube games - that would be sick! Its what a lot of fans really want anyway ryt? ;)

@raiden-49
Dude totally agree, Barry hasnt had a proper game yet (and he's underutilized as a character) Wouldnt it be cool if they make a game starring him where you have to rescue your family in an old European city (gothic buildings, abandoned subways)? :]
Root  +   649d ago
How would that screw up the characters more, your starting again fresh when the characters are young again

It means more Barry Burton, Rebbeca Chambers and Carlos.

Sure the first game would look like another remake but with added features but the sequels would change drasticaly.

It would mean they would be able to fix problems, lets look at RE4 for example and the plagas

What if Umbrella see the Plagas as a threat and instead of keeping it they decided to destroy it by wiping out the whole village earlier...meaning they don't kidnap Ashley and RE4 dosen't even exsist...no more stupid plagas.
hot4play  +   649d ago
@Root

"How would that screw up the characters more, your starting again fresh when the characters are young again "

Hmm, sounds familiar... DmC anyone? Lol, this is Capcom we're talking about you know :p
I'd take a REmake of 2 than a total reboot. Feels too much like the last Star Trek movie. Or Groundhog Day. Alternate timelines don't fit the RE universe But that's just my opinion of course (coming from a jaded fan).

Anyway, thanks for sharing your ideas/comments. Oh well, at least there's Project ZWEI to look forward to.
CDzNutts  +   649d ago
But at least Square Enix is pushing Western flavor a bit more with titles like Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider.
PopRocks359  +   650d ago
They don't need to return to form. They just need to be fun and not broken like every main game up to and including 5.
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Kamikaze135  +   650d ago
Just be consistent and release something good. RE6 was all over the place. Leon's campaign wasn't bad....if the entire game was like that, I'm sure it would have done a better.
phantomexe  +   650d ago
leon's mission was great it reminded me alot of old times. survival horror is the route they need to go. Back to the basics and what made it great.
ritsuka666  +   649d ago
leon's mission was great it reminded me alot of old times"

Nope.none of the campaigns in RE6 will rekindle the experiences of playing RE1, 2, or 3 for the first times if that's what you're after. You're better off revisiting those originals if you want that kind of RE experience. If you want michael bay game, RE6 is your game.
OCEANGROWNKUSH  +   649d ago
Leon's campaign was terrible in my opinion, the elements that they transparently attempted to mimic were poorly executed. His campaign was still action oriented, completely linear, and the "puzzle" elements (if you can REALLY call them that) were mindless, boring drivel... Shoot the bell towers? really??? Push a button on an arrow shooting statue over and over? Really??? find the key/keycard, then tell me exactly where it is? Really???

Worse of all the game just isn't scary! RE6 is garbage, point blank period. Even if this game wasn't a "Resident Evil" title, and marketed as a new ip, it would be addressed the same. The core gameplay, and game design just simply isn't good.
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Snookies12  +   650d ago
Yes, please for the love of god yes! Go back to what made it GOOD in the first place...
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chadboban  +   650d ago
There was a good RE game this year. It's called Resident Evil Revelations. More like that please Capcom.

That being said I'm excited as hell for Shinji Mikami's Project Zwei. I've heard that the art director is the same as the one who did the REmake on the gamecube and that's one of my all time favorite games.
8bit_Nes_Rambo  +   649d ago
Without question, Shinji Mikami is the king of survival horror. It's no coincidence that the RE series went downhill after his departure from Capcom.
phantomexe  +   650d ago
i seen a rumor that RE Revelations was coming to psn and xbox live. Is this a fact now? or
PS4isKing_82  +   649d ago
No, actually the rumor is re revelations will be ported to ps3 and 360 sometime next year. But nothing's confirmed yet.
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Ghoul  +   649d ago
Bedzy

What shonen meant was that the rumor said its coming as a full retail not live or psn download

Stop insulting others...
bayonetta  +   649d ago
Resident Evil is dead Since Shinji Mikami quit Capcom
its GAMEOVER
Omeganex9999  +   649d ago
So you're saying that RE4 was a bad game? It brought the right changes for me, the problems started with 5. RE4 was more action oriented but had a lot of puzzles and you can't say that the horror element was gone.
bayonetta  +   648d ago
RE4 was the last Shinji Mikami game with capcom
means the series is dead after RE4
grassyknoll  +   649d ago
I find it depressing that this terrible game sold 6 million, it doesn't deserve 600.
hot4play  +   649d ago
"Should Future 'RE' Games Return to Form?"

Yes. I'm what some might consider a "hardcore" RE fan (been one since I saw the Biohazard trailer included in Street Fighter Zero on the PS1) and I still haven't bought Operation Raccoon City and RE6. That's because I feel that the series has "sold out" and abandoned the loyal fans in favor of the COD audience (which Capcom openly admitted).

I want an evolution/hybrid gameplay of REmake and RE4 with a creepy atmosphere and challenging combat & puzzles.
Neo-Axl  +   649d ago
I'd much prefer the atmosphere from REmake, but like you I'm also holding on for that one game, REmake is by far the greatest RE game ever created, have had my Gamecube copy since it released.. every year, around Halloween I play & finish it, truly a gem to be remembered.
sithsylar  +   649d ago
I don't understand game developers they set a standard and everyone loves it and then decide to change it up for the sake of it....
abzdine  +   649d ago
this is good news.. i'm glad to see that the real fans expressed their disagreement towards the direction this serie is taking.

We want a back to the roots RE, i hope they got that by now
black911  +   649d ago
Should Be A Playstation Exclusive Again? When I saw commericails advertising exclusive 360 DLC I immediately said no buy because I knew it was not gonna be a true Resident Evil Game.
Picnic  +   649d ago
6 games plus extra spin offs is enough for any series. I'm a bit surprised that people seem to be even more dismissive of this game than RE5. Parts of Resident Evil 6 look closer to the older games in terms of the environments than RE4 or RE5. However the demo showed that they throw a lot of enemies at you at the same time in a rather arcade fashion. It should be remembered that Capcom's history was originally in arcade types of games like Streetfighter and they've partly continued like that (e.g. Lost Planet).

Resident Evil strongly lives on in many other games that may have partly been inspired by it anyway. Bioshock for instance. I feel a strong sense of Resident Evil in the Uncharted series (remember the first game where you are creeping around a graveyard?). Gears of War was said to have been inspired by RE4.

There's no point imagining that the Resident Evil series used to be a bit more considered and now that it's too action heavy. It was always a series that was about action breaking through the conventions from which it partly seemed to be inspired - the haunted mansion point and click genre (mixed with a touch of Alien apparently - it could be looked upon that Resident Evil is really like the same monster one after another rather than a wave of monsters). The purely classiest entry in the series was probably the REmake on the Gamecube because it was very firmly gothic horror but, apart from that, it's always been a bit kitsch and in danger of forgetting the suspense parts. It's a bit like the Nightmare on Elm Street of gaming.
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zerocrossing  +   649d ago
Of course sales where below expectations it wasn't what the fans wanted.

Capcom have been lying and ignoring the fanbase for years now, maybe if they took notice and made a RE game with "Survival Horror" elements and a return to form we mite all start taking them seriously again.
JasonKCK  +   649d ago
They should have just updated the combat only and kept the rest the way it was. RE4 on Gamecube was the last good RE I played.
Plagasx  +   649d ago
This is great news.
Neo-Axl  +   649d ago
Resident Evil 4 was a brave move, back when I first played it I loved it, everything was fresh & interesting while keeping in-tact with the Resident Evil I knew & loved.

Resident Evil died when Resi 5 released, a hard pill to swallow.. but it happened, I still remember in the Resident Evil fan-forums those of us that had been there for years were all of a sudden seeing brand new users spraying "OMG RESI 5 BEST GAME EVER!"

We knew it wasn't long before even the most retro & hardcore Resi fans just simply said good bye in the forums and never returned, & that really messed with me for a while.. shame.

a majority of us who grew up with Resi now have kids & jobs to attend too, no time to waste on these terrible new Resi evil games that fail to suck you into the terrifying world that was Resident evil.

I hate you Capcom.
cemelc  +   649d ago
I completly agree.

We where left out in the cold, i think the bellow expectations sales are from ppl like us that wouldnt bother with a game that is not our RE.

5 was our waking call.

Truly a shame about this ip played all games till 5.
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Raoh  +   649d ago
RE needs a reboot or a new horror franchise.

Dead Space, Left 4 Dead, Siren (which I hear is making a return on the next playstation) and ZombiU are better horror games than the current Resident Evil series.

The current series, and as much fun as RE4 was it too falls in this categorie, is more like the RE movies than the RE games from the previous gens.

Shut it down capcom, I stopped supporting your series after RE4, and I only like RE4 on the wii.
maniacmayhem  +   649d ago
I say they go back to RE:Outbreak. Focus on regular people during the Raccoon City outbreak. Make it like L4D/Dead Island with that Capcom feel in the RE universe. That is what the first Outbreak was going for but really didn't achieve much success due to not every PS2 owner having a hardrive and internet connection.

But now is the perfect time with today's consoles having a connection as standard.
schlanz  +   649d ago
As much as I have enjoyed the RE series, I wouldn't mind seeing it come to an end. I vote for new IPs.
CLOUD1983  +   649d ago
Resident Evil & Final Fantasy die when Shinji Mikami & Hironobu Sagakuchi left, but although the masterminds was not behind the sequels they could at least do a descent job "if only" the retards devs from SE & Crapcom stop trying to appeal to CoD fans, both FFXIII devs & RE6 devs admit they try to appeal & draw the interest of those ppl, & that was their downfall.
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millzy102  +   649d ago
capcom shouldn't make shit, it tells you something when they sell that many units and its not met there expectations what they waste all that money on, oh 3 shitty campaigns as leons was alright, revelations 3d was loads better. i traded 6 in to get zombiu and im having loads more fun on that. they need to back to formula. i still have resi 1-3 on psx never giving them up.
asmith2306  +   648d ago
I bought this game around two weeks after it released because the price dropped a good amount but I haven't played it yet which is bizarre considering it's a Resi game. So many more games have come out around it that doesn't make me want to play through it yet. Never felt that way about a Resi game before.

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