Speaking to CVG, Capcom producer Masachika Kawata has revealed that development of Resident Evil 5 has been influenced by 2K Games' rapturously received BioShock.
When asked whether his team had learned any lessons from western titles, Kawata responded: "BioShock. It's a classic game which really utilised the next gen power very well. The world is very strong and very believable, and the whole game was quite inspiring."
Kawata hinted that Capcom's western inspirations didn't end there. "I can't talk about it right at this moment, but we have incorporated some other aspects of western games into Resident Evil 5 during development."
Elsewhere in the interview, the producer spoke highly of his team's audio work. "The sound effects are quite incredible - if you have a 5.1 stereo system you'll hear your enemies moving around you even if you can't see them. We spent about three to four times more cash on the sound effects in Resident Evil 5 than we did in Resident Evil 4."
He also remarked, somewhat redundantly we think, that the game wouldn't have been possible without the very latest horsepower. "Even the title screen of this couldn't have been done on PS2 or Wii."
Resident Evil 5 is down for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 13 next year in both North America and Europe.