Is Resident Evil Still One Of The Industry's Defining Franchises?
So they've officially unveiled Resident Evil 6, which immediately got me wondering: does this legendary (yes, legendary) franchise still enjoy widespread popularity?
These days, it seems as if the same question could be asked of most any major Japanese franchise, but that's another topic for another day. Right now, I'm specifically referring to Resident Evil, a series that has been one of the defining IPs for interactive entertainment for about 15 years. When you tell veteran gamers about freaky dogs jumping through the window, they know what you're talking about. This, along with Tomb Raider, was/is undoubtedly a signature franchise.
And although many fans still remain, one has to wonder if RE maintains its status. With the Western market dominating, it almost seems as if Resident Evil 6 could be overshadowed come the holiday season, when we'll certainly see another Call of Duty and perhaps The Last Of Us, among other highly anticipated, cutting-edge titles. A decade ago, the announcement of a new Resident Evil would rank among the biggest news of the year. Now I wonder if the situation is the same...or if we're looking at another decline. Personally, I can't imagine gaming without Resident Evil.
And I hope I'm not the only one. I also hope Capcom comes through and delivers a totally epic experience, which would be so sweet for the dedicated Biohazard fans (if you didn't already know, RE is called Biohazard in Japan). We've got the Tomb Raider reboot coming this year, and that looks plenty promising, right? So don't count out the Japanese devs. And maybe RE6 will be gigantic...
1/19/2012 9:09:52 PM Ben Dutka