By Jonathan Charles | Oct 07, 2012 12:28 PM EDT
The launch of Resident Evil 6 saw mostly negative reactions, directed to the game's issues from broken controls to an unconvincing storyline. Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe shared his thoughts on building Resident Evil 6.
"Give a small, hungry, visionary team 3-5 million bucks, make a 2-3 hour digital only game, and put the money into paying for a creative way to reinvent the genre," Jaffe said on Twitter. Resident Evil may have popularized zombie shooting, but the trope since infiltrated games from Left 4 Dead to Plants vs Zombies.
He also presented an alternative option: follow Capcom's route of using a large studio. In his words, an "AAAAA" developer. "Or build one, spend the money, and call it a day," Jaffe added. With a studio size of 600, Capcom had the ingredients to build a successful game. The problem seems to be a lack of consensus over the direction, cinematics and in-game engine aside.
Jaffe did direct praise towards Capcom for shipping the game though. He has not played the game and added he is not criticizing the developers in that respect. His comments are judged on critical response.
Capcom announce it moved four-five million units of Resident Evil 6, proving the brand's strength regardless of quality. Critics have suggested the franchise be rebooted following a lack of direction. Resident Evil 5 concluded the story involving Albert Wesker and Umbrella. Resident Evil 6 opens those threads with Jake Mueller, Wesker's son, and Neo-Umbrella.
Fans may also be confused to see the quality of Resident Evil 5 fall off rapidly. A seventh instalment of Resident Evil will likely happen, though whether it is numbered or sees subtitle in the form of a reboot is unknown. In interviews with 1UP, Capcom seems fairly content with its position.
Smaller horror games have proven successful, notably Amnesia. The game drew praise for its lack of combat, and focus on survival, popularizing YouTube playthroughs. Its sequel, A Machine For Pigs, is in development.
Resident Evil 6 is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
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