Resident Evil Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
Resident Evil is one of my favorite video game franchises, and I'm proud that I've played all of its main games, including the Revelation series and some spin-off games like the Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. I'm happy that the franchise is now 20 years old.
Capcom's survival horror franchise began with the Japanese launch of Resident Evil for PlayStation on 22nd March 1996. A huge success, the game reached European shores five months later and the act of opening doors in a video game would never be the same again. Resident Evil took on its own identity with an original story and added elements homaging Alone in the Dark and The Shining. It has also become synonymous with the survival horror genre - even if some later entries strayed into more mainstream shooter fare.
Also, Resident Evil introduced us to some of the most memorable characters in the video game history. From Jill “the master of unlocking” Valentine to Chris “we got to the root of the problem” Redfield. Capcom’s survival horror game also gave us Albert Wesker, one of the most formidable villains in video game history. And of course, who wouldn't know Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong (two of my most favorite characters in the franchise)?. Ada Wong is simply the hottest female (sorry Jill) in the Resident Evil franchise and one of the hottest babe in video game history.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Resident Evil, Capcom will be releasing a series of developer interviews from some of the team members who made the franchise what it is today. In the first video which you can see below, producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi discusses his involvement in developing the very first Resident Evil game all the way to present time.
Producer Kobayashi discusses his perspective on the past 20 years of Resident Evil, from his work on the PlayStation original to the present. Kobayashi recalls his role on the very first Resident Evil programming a variety of memorable enemies from pesky crows to a certain abomination lurking deep within Umbrella’s secret lab. He also touches on the revolutionary gameplay of Resident Evil 4 and how it influenced his work on the series. Finally, Kobayashi-san delivers a special message directly to Resident Evil fans across the world.
Additionally, Capcom has announced that a press release will “continue over the next year” and that the team is “already hard at work to deliver some amazing new surprises.” I just hope that Resident Evil 7 will be one of those suprises. I had lots of fun and scary moments playing the Resident Evil games through the years. What about you guys? What are your first Resident Evil memories? And what do you want for Resident Evil 7?
Happy 20th Anniversary Resident Evil!
Related Game(s): Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3 (Nemesis), Resident Evil (Code Veronica), Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6
3/23/2016 12:26:31 AM Drew Constantino