For the record, I haven't played the Resident Evil 6 demo so I won't be making any judgments based on that offering.
But right now, the evidence is starting to mount : Capcom may be facing a lose-lose situation when they launch Resident Evil 6 in October. I hate to say this considering the iconic nature of the franchise, but a great many are sensing something…well, just shy of disaster.
Thing is, it may have enough flash and style to appeal to a wide demographic, including younger gamers who don't really know anything about what RE used to be (and furthermore, don't care). In other words, the switch to "action/drama" is probably a good idea as it will undoubtedly lure new players to the series. On the other hand, yet another Japanese company is in imminent danger of alienating the fans that helped build the franchise to begin with. The complaints concerning the demo make it obvious that despite Capcom's claims of "returning to RE's roots," it doesn't really seem to be happening.
But here's the fun part- The majority of significant critics are older and absolutely do remember those Resident Evil roots, and it appears – at first glance – that a great many won't reward RE6 for moving away from the franchise's horror origin. And if it gets lower-than-expected scores, sales could suffer – regardless of the new fans to whom RE6 might appeal – and oh yeah, it's hitting in October. At that time, gamers everywhere are looking at the fall lineup and deciding which of the many available titles deserve their hard-earned cash. Could this be an epic lose-lose scenario…?
Well, maybe not. The awfully mediocre Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City still sold pretty damn well. Then again, it was also another nail in the coffin as far as the veteran followers are concerned…
Related Game(s): Resident Evil 6