Capcom is taking the 20th anniversary of its largest franchise very seriously. A new quote from its financial report mentions the company is planning a “full-scale offensive” with the series, alluding to the two games confirmed to be in development.
In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, the Company is scheduled to release the strategic titles of “Sengoku BASARA: Sanada Yukimura-den” (for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3), which showcases the life of Sanada Yukiura, and “Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps” (for PlayStation 4 and PC) of the “Resident Evil” series, which marked its 20th anniversary in March 2016, as a warm up to the full-scale offensive planned for the second half of the year. Additionally, the Company is also scheduled to launch “Ace Attorney 6” (for the Nintendo 3DS system) and “Monster Hunter Stories” (for the Nintendo 3DS system).
Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps is a first-person shooter spin-off that takes place in the franchise’s universe. It’s better than most fans are giving Capcom credit for, but it feels more like a hold over until the main show arrives, much like Metroid Prime: Federation Forces. However, dare I say, the confirmed Resident Evil 2 remake will be the barer of what makes this a “full-scale offensive” for Capcom.
Where any potential Resident Evil 7 game falls into this equation, I have no idea. I’d like to think it’s possible, because a “full-scale offensive” without it would only feel like a “5/8’s offensive.”