If you played Resident Evil 5, you likely remember two things about the experience: it was short when compared to other games in the franchise, and it was more action-horror than survival horror. Fans still liked the game, despite those to notes; but, most will attest to the fact that it felt less like a Resident Evil title than ever before.
Capcom, according to a few sources, is looking to get their ship back on course in terms of storytelling and length.
Game Director Eiichiro Sasaki told NowGamer that the title will roughly triple the run time of Resdient Evil 5. The sixth game in the main line will feature several stories from several different characters. Sasaki explained how that adds up to a longer, overlapping storyline:
“In terms of length, each character’s story is a little bit less than RE5 but when you combine them together you’re getting something that is much longer. While each character’s story stands alone, all of the characters wind up in the same area of the game, in China, so there is a certain level of overlap. They stand on their own but they do overlap in certain areas. You don’t have to play them all, of course.”
When it comes to the old school horror of the title, Sasaki explained the classic take to the folks at CVG. Again, because of the different perspectives being offered up by each unique character, Capcom will be able to provide a different feel.
“Chris’ campaign is an action-based thing…but we’re still trying to bring horror elements to each of them in their own way, and even an action story can have elements of horror that you can’t do in, say, Leon’s story – that greater intensity and pressure…
…We’re really trying to recreate the horrific atmosphere fans remember from the first Resident Evils and going for more gothic horror feel for Leon’s part of the story…”
So far, it sounds like Capcom is attempting to blend each of the best points in this game’s lengthy universe into one, large, multi-viewpoint title. Resident Evil 6, if the studio pulls this off, could be the strongest game in the series.
Or, it could be too mixed up for its own good. Where do you think the title will fall?