Former Resident Evil and The Evil Within director Shinji Mikami, has explained exactly why the developers moved away from survival horror and took a more action orientated approach with later games in the Resident Evil franchise. Mikami says that it was due to the commercial failure of the GameCube-exclusive Resident Evil remake with led the team to develop future Resident Evil games with a bigger emphasis on action.
“The Resident Evil remake is actually one of my favourites. But it didn’t sell very well. Maybe there weren’t many people ready to accept that. Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake, I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.”
“With Resident Evil 1, 2, 3, and all the rest of the series before Resident Evil 4, I was always saying to the staff, ‘Scaring the player is the number one thing.’ But for the first time, in Resident Evil 4, I told the team that fun gameplay is the most important thing.”