Many horror fans have been disappointed at the lack of ‘true survival-horror games’ in the market lately, blaming Resident Evil’s more recent action-oriented titles as an example of the problem. Those same fans will be sad to hear that from the look of things, Capcom intends to keep going in this direction.
In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata told them that the survival horror genre is a niche market and that Capcom plans to keep the action-game approach for their series. He said; “Especially for the North American market, I think the series needs to head in that [action-oriented] direction,” and then went on to state; “Looking at the marketing data [for survival horror games] … the market is small, compared to the number of units Call of Duty and all those action games sell.”
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What do you think, single-players? Personally, I appreciate atmospheric and terrifying games like Silent Hill and System Shock that really stand out. If the genre doesn’t even try to scare, isn’t it just ‘survival without the horror’?