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’?

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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