What I love about David Jaffe is that he'll answer questions and damn the consequences. He was asked by one gamer how he'd fix Resident Evil 6, the polarizing action game that's received a famous critical mauling. He shared his view in no uncertain terms.
"CHOP THE DEVELOPMENT BUDGET," he said on Twitter. "Give a small, hungry, visionary team 3-5 million bucks, make a 2-3 hour digital only game and put the money into paying for a creative way to reinvent the genre. Hell, if I was not doing what I was doing now you can BET I'd be out on Kickstarter trying to raise 400-700K for my take on a super low budget horror game with the goal of making the SCARIEST game of all time!"
He had an alternative idea, too. Let it not be said that Jaffe won't cover all the bases ...
"If you are going to compete with the big boys then fucking show up and play serious. Get a AAAAA developer or build one, spend the money, and call it a day.
The former Eat Sleep Play director did confess to having not played the game himself yet, but used his development knowledge to pinpoint the issue. He also stated that finishing and shipping any sort of game was an accomplishment in and of itself, so he has no intention of bashing the team that worked on the title.
Really, Jaffe's financial advice works for most "AAA" games these days. The budgets are escaping the sensible means of the publishers, and it's hardly surprising they're all terrified of risks and untested ideas. When you have a massive budget and 600 developers working on one game, I don't see how it wouldn't result in chaos fueled by terror.
The old adage about too many cooks may be corny, but there's some merit to it.
|3:00 AM on 05.09.2013|
Resident Evil 6 fails to meet sales projections ... again
Capcom originally projected that Resident Evil 6 would sell seven million copies. They revised that number in February to five million, but as of yesterday's financial results Resident Evil 6 fell barely short of the target w...more
|12:45 PM on 04.12.2013|
More fixes for Resident Evil 6 in latest patch
In Patrick's rundown of the Resident Evil 6 PC port, he described having post-patch issues with the game's frame rate. Capcom has since put out another patch on Steam, though it sounds like that specific problem has yet ...more
|6:00 PM on 04.06.2013|
PC Port Report: Resident Evil 6
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] The Resident Evil franchise boasts one of the worst PC ports of all time with its release of Resi...more
|3:15 PM on 03.22.2013|
See Left 4 Dead 2's cast in Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 6 is out today on Steam and all I can say is, hey, points for trying. If you want to play this game, doing so on PC is by all accounts the way to go. Following up on its announcement of a crossover with Left 4 ...more
|2:33 PM on 03.15.2013|
Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 Dead 2 are getting a crossover
Say what?! In a bizarre move, Capcom has announced that it is teaming up with Valve for some playable cross-promotion content between Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil 6. For starters, the cast from Left 4 Dead 2 will be featur...more
|4:00 AM on 03.14.2013|
Resident Evil games get huge discounts on PSN in Europe
The Resident Evil series is on sale via PlayStation Network starting this week in Europe. The initial trilogy is being offered as a bundle for €14.99 (£11.99), while the most recent entry has been knocked down to &...more
|4:45 PM on 03.08.2013|
Resident Evil 6 PC includes DLC pass, free RE5, and more
If you're committed to playing through Resident Evil 6 and haven't picked up a copy already, the PC version looks like the way to go, and not just for the potential mods. Capcom used a three-tier pre-order system on Steam, wh...more
|12:45 PM on 02.28.2013|
Xbox Live Sale: Jill Sandwich Edition
Microsoft has returned yet again with another assortment of deals to part the unwashed masses from their hard-earned moonbucks. Today, five titles in Capcom's Resident Evil series are on sale via Xbox Live...more
|10:30 AM on 02.20.2013|
Resident Evil 6 multiplayer DLC now available on PS3
If there was one thing Resident Evil 6 was sorely lacking it was content. Yep. That was definitely its problem. To remedy the situation Capcom has unleashed a trio of add-on multiplayer modes to help beef up the shooter so pl...more
|8:00 PM on 02.14.2013|
Pre-order bonuses revealed for Resident Evil 6 on Steam
Reaction to Resident Evil 6 was ... let's say mixed, if I'm to be polite. Despite this, Capcom is continuing its commitment to bringing games to the PC by making Resident Evil 6 available for pre-purchase on Steam. If you're&...more
|7:15 AM on 05.16.2013|
These Monster Hunter 4 shots are magically delicious
We now have some new screenshots of Monster Hunter 4, compliments of Capcom, and they show off a pretty cool looking ice world as well as two new monsters: Arselnus and Skuagil. I have a thing for frozen tundras, so I'm excit...more
|8:00 PM on 05.15.2013|
Capcom explains digital-only Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
When Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies leaves Japan this fall, it'll be available exclusively through the 3DS eShop. This reality of the publishing business has been met with backlash from some percentage of fans ...more
|1:45 PM on 05.15.2013|
Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies gets a Japanese web demo
Capcom has finally slapped a proper localized title onto Ace Attorney 5, hereby known as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, and will be bringing it out West this fall. Unfortunately, it will be an eShop-only relea...more