Resident Evil Revelations producer Masachika Kawata believes that survival horror doesn’t sell and the studio should look at Western games such as Call of Duty, that are action based, to make more profits. Kawata claims that there just isn’t enough interest in survival horror games to justify big investments in that area anymore.
“RE4 started in that direction, and RE5 kept going in that direction.”
“I think that especially for the North American market, we need to keep going in that direction, and take that a step further. And that’s exactly one of the reasons that Revelations is the way it is.”
This trend may not continue in the upcoming Resident Evil 6, with which Kawata is not involved, but he still believes the series could benefit by following the example of best-sellers like Call of Duty.
“Looking at the marketing data, the market is small, compared to the number of units Call of Duty and all those action games sell.”
“A ‘survival horror’ Resident Evil doesn’t seem like it’d be able to sell those kind of numbers.”