Is Capcom Trying Too Hard With Resident Evil 7?
As most of you may know already, Capcom is once again attempting to win its fans back over with their next installment to the Resident Evil franchise -- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. While the loyal, hardcore Resident Evil fans may be saving their money for this game, I do not think that this upcoming sequel will revitalize the franchise's tarnished reputation. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is taking a significantly different approach to its gameplay, which may feel a bit alienating for fans of the previous entries in the series.
Capcom has released several gameplay trailers, and I was rather curious as to why the gameplay has gone from an action/third-person shooter/survival game, to a pure horror game. The videos show us what is happening from a first-person point of view, rather than the third-person view that fans are used too, and plunges the player into one area, which is basically a house. It seems that players are going to be spending most of their time walking around and hiding whenever a creepy noise is heard.
Sound like Resident Evil to you? Not really.
The ultimate question is this: will it save the franchise?
After the lukewarm responses to Resident Evil 6, Capcom has failed to bring itself back to its former glory days. I am seeing a lot of similarities between this new gameplay and other horror games, such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Slender Man. So maybe Capcom is hoping to boost sales by playing copycat? Or maybe they recently decided to take on a different approach to the series?
It's hard for me to decide, but I haven't seen a Resident Evil game get much buzz since Resident Evil 4. This game could be hit-or-miss, which is dangerous for a franchise that's so close to dying off. It could work, but at the same time, Capcom is taking a huge risk with the change in direction. I hope it works out.