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Feature: Resident Evil Producer 'Not Too Concerned' About Series Diversification

As part of Gamasutra's latest feature, Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata talked about Operation Raccoon City and Revelations, two upcom
As part of Gamasutra's latest feature, Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata talked about Operation Raccoon City and Revelations, two upcoming titles in the series. He noted the way in which the series is currently branching off as a brand to encompass different types of games, and suggested that, if every title focused on survival horror, "people would be really sick of Resident Evil." "At the core, basically, we want to make the best use of our brand," he explained. "Resident Evil is an IP, and a franchise, that people have loved for a long time." "It's still very, very popular and we're very, very happy about that, and we want to basically answer all the requests that we get about the series. People want to see a lot of different experiences within the Resident Evil universe, and so we've been fortunate enough to be able to answer those requests with a lot of different experiences, in different forms, in games. When asked whether he's worried about the brand becoming diluted, he answered, "I'm not too concerned about that, for the simple reason that all these different Resident Evil games that are coming out are focused on very different things." "I'm thinking that if we would have brought out all these Resident Evil titles, and they were all focused on survival horror, absolutely I think people would be really sick of Resident Evil." He continued, "In my mind, we've got this online shooter game, we've got other things like Mercenaries that are even more action-focused, and some other games. And by going in a lot of different directions, I'm pretty confident that people are going to still be enjoying Resident Evil for a long time." The full feature, which focuses on both upcoming titles, is live now on Gamasutra.

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