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Capcom explains why zombies are back in Resident Evil 6

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on 27 July 2012

Resident Evil 6 head honcho Hiroyuki Kobayashi has shed light as to why Capcom has re-introduced zombies for the latest instalment in the venerable horror franchise.

Speaking during a chinwag with Siliconera, Kobayashi-san revealed that the rotting, shambling foes were brought back as they proved popular with fans  -- apparently, people weren’t too happy they didn’t feature in Resident Evil 4 and 5.

“We brought zombies back because they’re popular. Everyone loves ‘em, that’s why we brought them back,” he said with a chuckle.

"Based on feedback from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, the fact that there weren’t classic zombies in those games and people really wanted them. We tried to respond to the requests and put them in this game. We tweaked them a bit so they aren’t the same zombies you would expect."

Elsewhere, producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi went on to describe how RE6’s zombies behave differently than the undead depicted in The Walking Dead and Dead Rising, or indeed previous Resident Evil games.

"The zombies when you first see them, they shamble around slowly. But, if they spot you or they get closer they break out into a sudden dash and try to grab you. We tried to make this as instantaneous as possible. Some of them will leap out at you," he said.

"Also for the weapons they use in the game, it’s not that we decided zombies should use weapons per se. It’s just that we wanted to get across the feeling that these used to be people and people either picked up weapons when they were fighting or they used certain objects when they were alive. They have this instinctual ability to pick up these things and use them. It’s not that they are purposely using weapons, it’s in the back of their mind because they used to use weapons before they became zombies."

Zombies were a staple of the classic Resident Evil games and became synonymous with the franchise back in the late 90s and early 00s. However, starting with Resident Evil 4, Capcom introduced a new breed of humanoid foes known as The Los Ganados, and later, Resident Evil 5’s Majini and Resident Evil Revelations’ Ooze.

Resident Evil 6 is due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 2, 2012.