Some interesting information was recently discovered that may unofficially confirm another unsurprising installment to the Resident Evil series. The last two notable console entries to the series – not including Resident Evil: Revelations – have arguably tarnished the brand and excitement isn’t as high as it should be for another sequel.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was blasted critically and by fans, serving as an indicator that the Resident Evil franchise had become a cash cow, aiming to appeal to the action-focused “mainstream” gamer audience, but it failed in every way. Then came Resident Evil 6 with mixed reviews, also under-performing. The general consensus was that Capcom had run out of ideas (although former Epic Games dev Cliff Bleszinski wants to help!), and that the series – once embracing the survival-horror genre – had lots its identity.
Resident Evil 7 is in development, according to a former employee of motion capture studio House of Moves. On her LinkedIn profile (via NeoGAF), an ex-costume designer at the company claims she did work as "costume designer for the video game Resident Evil 7."
House of Moves is a Los Angeles, California motion capture studio that has done work for Halo: Reach, God of War III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops, among numerous other games. She said her work on Resident Evil 7 took place over the space of three months between November 2012 and January 2013. Capcom has not announced Resident Evil 7 or provided any update on where the series may be headed following October 2012's Resident Evil 6.
That game was met with mixed review scores. Capcom shipped 5 million copies of the game, but said various "challenges" and "inadequate organizational collaboration" led to the title performing under expectation. "As Capcom has made no official announcement regarding Resident Evil 7 we have no comment to make regarding this," a Capcom representative told Videogamer.
Former Capcom marketing boss Michael Pattison told MCV in August that the next entry in the Resident Evil series is likely to return to the franchise's roots. "We have obviously seen the consumer response and the PR response," Pattison said of Resident Evil 6 at the time. "You'll find where we go next will likely be more targeted at our core fanbase."