Resident Evil: Is Capcom Ready to Revive the Franchise?

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A New Chapter Begins: Capcom Announces a Fresh "Resident Evil" Game

The air crackled with anticipation as Capcom, the juggernaut behind the iconic Resident Evil franchise, dropped a bombshell during Summer Game Fest 2024. "We’re making a new Resident Evil," declared Masachika Nakanishi, revealing plans for a new installment that promises to rekindle the fire of horror and thrill the gaming world.

While details remain shrouded in mystery, the announcement itself unleashed a wave of excitement among longtime fans and newcomers alike. Nakanishi alluded to the daunting task of following the success of Resident Evil 7, stating: “It was really difficult to figure out what to do after 7. But I found it, and to be honest it feels substantial.”

This declaration, albeit brief, carries weight. It hints at a fresh, possibly radical, direction for the franchise. The "substantial" nature of the new entry suggests a game going beyond a mere expansion or spin-off. It could mark a significant shift in the Resident Evil universe, potentially taking the series to uncharted territory.

Naturally, speculation is rife about what this new "Resident Evil" might hold. The "next major entry" label, though unconfirmed by Capcom, seems a safe bet. Given the trajectory of the series, a Resident Evil 9 title feels likely. However, Capcom has proven its knack for clever subtitle naming, as seen with the aptly titled Resident Evil Village. Thus, it’s possible we might see a unique moniker, reflecting the game’s distinct theme and narrative.

Beyond the looming shadow of the new main title, Capcom also unveiled updates for several other games in their arsenal, showcasing the studio’s commitment to enriching their diverse portfolio.

The long-awaited Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster finally sees the light of day on September 19th. This remastered version of the cult classic zombie-slaying game promises enhanced visuals, providing a fresh and vibrant experience for newcomers and veterans alike. The remaster also incorporates quality-of-life upgrades, aimed at streamlining gameplay and improving accessibility.

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess, a captivating tower defense game drawing inspiration from Japanese mythology, is ready to unleash its strategic challenge upon gamers. A demo, available today, offers a glimpse into the game’s intricate mechanics and captivating world. The game’s full release is set for July 19th. Ash Parrish, colleague at The Verge, lauded the game’s charm during Summer Game Fest 2024, describing it as a "must-play" for fans of the genre.

Resident Evil 7, the first-person horror masterpiece, is making its way to iOS devices on July 2nd. To enhance the experience for touchscreens, Capcom has integrated an auto-fire feature, simplifying gameplay and ensuring a smooth tactile experience for mobile players. This move further emphasizes Capcom’s dedication to expanding their games’ reach across various platforms, granting access to a wider audience.

Capcom’s Summer Game Fest announcements were a clear testament to their unwavering commitment to innovative gameplay and captivating storytelling. While the new "Resident Evil" game is shrouded in secrecy, the tantalizing hints promise a thrilling experience. The upcoming releases of Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster and Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess offer diverse gaming experiences, showcasing Capcom’s ability to cater to a wide array of player preferences.

The future of Resident Evil, as well as the wider Capcom game landscape, appears brighter than ever. With these announcements, Capcom is solidifying its position as a leading force in the gaming industry, fueling anticipation for what the future holds. We are eager to learn more about the new "Resident Evil" game and delve into the chilling narratives and compelling challenges that await in the coming months.

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