Although Resident Evil 6 sold more than five million copies, the game still missed its sales target. That's what happens when you mess with the formula and basically piss off the entire core fanbase. Even Capcom basically admitted as much during a 2013 conference call, when it admitted that the game was unable to sufficiently appeal to users. Huge cinematic explosions and massive action sequences made the latest instalment seem more like a Michael Bay film than the tense, edge-of-your-seat horror property it once was. And fans weren't exactly falling over themselves to praise it. Put plainly, whatever Resident Evil 7 ends up like, it clearly has a lot of work to do to turn the tide of bad feeling. Capcom now have the unenviable task of drawing the core fans back in while maintaining a mainstream appeal. After all, they dont really mind if its old or new fans buying the game, just as long as someone does. If they can cater to both, then they win twice. This feels like a big step for the developers, and as such the game is already hyped to a level that some of the disgruntled fans might have expected. Even though very little is known for definite, there are inevitably a raft of rumours already attached to the release. Looking at the lay of the and now, it's hard to see what might be the correct answer, but there are a lot that look like intriguing possibilities. And now is the perfect time to pick out some of the rumours that - if true - could well fix the franchise.
After graduating with a degree in English Literature from the University of Warwick, Barclay worked for a year in outdoor advertising. A keen music fan, Barclay previously reviewed singles for a Midlands-based music website while studying. He quit work to travel around Europe for 6 weeks, before deciding it was time to return to reality. When he isn't freelance writing, Barclay enjoys seeing his hopes and dreams inevitably crushed while supporting Tottenham Hotspur.