'Resident Evil 8' Expected to Explore a New Horror Experience, But with a Longer Release Date

By C. de Lacy / 2017.04.19

“Resident Evil 7” was a huge departure from what the “Resident Evil” franchise came to be starting with the fourth entry. Instead of the action-focused elements, the latest entry goes back to the survival horror genre without feeling like a super-soldier and simply a human with limited abilities. “Resident Evil 8” might just be different once again, which could be a sign of a big gap between release dates.

After the seventh entry's release a few months ago, Capcom uploaded a video discussing a number of important factors that contributed to the development of “Resident Evil 7.” Though it was mostly about the current game, one particular statement caught several fans' attentions, and it was about the future of “Resident Evil 8.”

Jun Takeuchi, the game's executive producer, mentioned that after the release of “Resident Evil 7” and its success, their team is already looking ahead, planning on what to do with the next entry in the series. He also said that everyone, including Capcom, is expecting that there will be a lot of technological advances and changes. Along with this, players' perception of what needs to be included and what mechanics should be present will also evolve, broadening the possibilities for “Resident Evil 8.”

“And so the current masterpiece is just the beginning. Plans for the next title are already in motion and, when you see that game, you may find that it is very different from Resident Evil 7 in some ways, while still retaining that core survival horror concept of people overcoming the odds. Resident Evil will always retain that essence,” Takeuchi remarked.

While the fact that “Resident Evil 8” being already in its planning stages, it would be quite an indication that fans of the series might have to wait for a few couples of years. The sixth entry had a four-year gap and with the comment about “new technology,” a few more years could be ample enough for these new features to be implemented. At this point, it wouldn't surprise anyone of we don't see a sequel for the next two years or so.

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