Reboots have been popular this generation. Final Fantasy needs a reboot more than any other franchise in my estimation, but survival/horror fans might disagree with that.
Those followers don't really like the direction Resident Evil has taken over the past several years, and after the poorly received Operation Raccoon City and the highly controversial Resident Evil 6 last year, maybe the iconic franchise desperately requires a reimagining.
And actually, it's possible. Capcom producer Maschika Kawata told Eurogamer that rebooting Resident Evil – perhaps with an open-world format – would be feasible, but they'd still have to "preserve what RE is and what makes it appealing to fans." Said Kawata:
"If we did [go with an open-world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players. It would almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay. That's just a personal opinion.
A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but… There is a possibility."
Currently, Kawata is working on the Resident Evil: Revelations port for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, which is slated to hit in May. But if they do provide us with a reboot of Resident Evil , would you like to see it go open-world? What other ideas might you have?