[Dtoid Community blogger Revuhlooshun writes an open letter to the parent of his beloved franchise, Resident Evil. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write something! -- Beccy Caine]
The Resident Evil franchise has been my Mega Man, my Street Fighter; the franchise I walked hand in hand with as we grew up together (which says a lot about my childhood and explains what the hell happened to me as an adult, but I digress). I was first introduced to the original Resident Evil at the age of eight by a man my mother was dating who played video games as a hobby. Not only was he my first introduction into the Resident Evil series, but he also introduced me to gaming as an adult hobby, as something beyond a child’s plaything. I eventually received my own PlayStation and its subsequent consoles, and have played and purchased every single Resident Evil game since that day.
This is not a hostile letter. I’m not here to pile on a list of complaints. I am of the mindset that criticisms only go so far if you lack a viable alternative—if you’ve got a better idea, then spit it out, so to speak. On October 2nd of this year, one of your employees, a one Hiroyuki Kobayashi who served as the Executive Producer on Resident Evil 6, made a point that I thought was very insightful and rather good:
You want the franchise to focus more on action. The traditional fans, the ones like myself who have spent hundreds of dollars on this child of ours, would like it to retain its more survival and horror oriented features. My question to you is: Why not do both? Why not alternate between the two styles and have two series under the same banner, thus allowing you to appeal to the older fanbase while also bringing in new consumers with the very likely possibility that the two groups will bleed into one another and cross-pollinate?
I write this letter because I am tired of us fighting. I am attempting to salvage the relationship we have had for so many years for the sake of our child and our continued business together. I do not like us being upset at one another. It pains me to speak ill of a franchise I cherish so dearly. I do not enjoy looking upon our child with disgust and disappointment. This is ultimately your business, and you can run it as you see fit. But how long can we continue down this path before the franchise becomes a relic of our industry that we look upon with nostalgia and a sense of what could have been, as opposed to awe and admiration for what it is and what it may become?
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