My favorite gaming series is Resident Evil. Therefore, out of all the E3 trailers, Resident Evil 7 was my most anticipated. The trailer did not disappoint, which is more than I can say for the recent entries in the series. Resident Evil 6 felt like it was written over a weekend with no thought put into it. The most recent games in the series have dispensed with the horror elements to make way for more action. As a result, the series has gotten stale and repetitive. It’s one change that I have hated with a bloodthirsty passion. It is a horror game series, not an action-game series. This is not Call Of Duty, it’s Resident Evil!
However, that is exactly why this new trailer succeeded. It looks entirely horror based and seems to be bringing the series back to its roots. That being said, not even a minute into this trailer, I began to notice the similarities to Silent Hills. Silent Hills was a game being developed by Hidio Kojima and Gullermo Del Toro that was sadly canceled last year. This was done much to the dismay of fans who had played the amazing demo. My point is, the demos for Silent Hills and Resident Evil 7 share several characteristics. Personally, though, as long as I get another Resident Evil game that is horror-based, I’m good.
But it seems that the head developer of Resident Evil 7, Masachika Kawata, has not only acknowledged the similarities but has also expressed his displeasure with the cancellation of Silent Hills. In a recent interview with GameSpot, Kawata discussed his opinion on the canceled game’s playable demo, P.T.
“I, of course, played PT, and I thought it was an excellent demonstration or excellent game, if you want to call it that. I think it looked really great, and it had so much promise, and I was unfortunately very disappointed that it didn’t come to fruition. That was too bad that that happened; I’d just like to share the fact that I really loved it.”
When discussing the similarities and how Resident Evil 7 will be different, Kawata continued;
“We were actually creating Resident Evil 7 before PT was announced, so when they announced it, it was kind of like, ‘Oh, they’re doing first-person too?’ However, now that we’ve come this far, we can see that the content of this game is completely different from what the content or the direction that PT was moving in.”
While these words may silence the fans who have been speculating, I personally still have my doubts. Both demos just seem a bit too similar, in my opinion, for it to be one huge coincidence. However, I’ve been wrong before and even if I’m not, at least Resident Evil is going to be scary again. While we may never play Silent Hills, Resident Evil 7 will be released in January of next year.