Shinji Mikami has revealed that he’d be interested in directing Resident Evil 8 if the opportunity presented itself.
Speaking at QuakeCon over the weekend, the survival horror maestro was quizzed if he’d consider directing the next instalment in the popular series if Capcom were to give him full creative freedom.
In response, Mikami-san said simply, “I might.”
While the prospect of Mikami returning to the franchise that he created back in 1996, logistically there’s not much chance of him directing Resi 8. For starters, he hasn’t worked on the franchise since 2005’s Resident Evil 4, and now works at Tango Gameworks, having not been involved with Capcom for over a decade now.
However, it’s worth remembering that Capcom has outsourced development of key franchises to other developers, such as Dead Rising and Devil May Cry. Could we possibly see Capcom establish some sort of deal with Tango Gameworks for Resident Evil 8 down the line?
Mikami popularised the survival horror genre with the original Resident Evil, kick-starting a multi-million selling franchise that would inspire countless other games. After departing Capcom, he moved to Clover Studios, which was comprised of a number of ex-Capcom staff members, before transferring to Platinum Games to work on Vanquish.
Following Bethesda’s acquisition of Tango Gameworks, Mikami joined up with the company to spearhead a new survival horror franchise, which launched in 2014 as The Evil Within. A sequel is currently in development and is scheduled to launch in October this year for PS4, PC, and Xbox One.
Resident Evil 8 has yet to be officially revealed yet, although we know that Capcom has begun planning the sequel. Beyond that, the Japanese software behemoth is working on a full-blown Resident Evil 2 Remake, although we’ve yet to see the game in action following its announcement in August 2015.