Resident Evil 7 took an established franchise, if not THE most established in the horror gaming genre, and took it in a completely different direction. Choosing to rub shoulders with more modern outings that have graced our screens, RE 7 switched it up by swapping out its usual formula of fighting off a zombie outbreak whilst being heavily armed, to a tension-riddled, psychological horror experience from a first-person perspective.
With its success, many fans are wondering as to where the franchise goes from here. Should the series continue with this new formula that has proved to be a smash hit, or should they revert to type with the games of old? There has been a lot of talk in recent memory of a Resident Evil 2 remake, which would be a popular decision among fans, and would also be a logical guess as to what we will be seeing next.
That said, in terms of new entries in the numbered series, a few other fans on Reddit have some theories as to what could be coming, or at least what they’d like to see. TomHitchens for example, expects Capcom to continue the trend of borrowing from the previous games:
I’m still going with the assumption that, capcom will keep taking inspiration from the originals. Since RE7 is in a isolated location like RE1 was, i think the next location will be in a city or town like RE2 did with Raccoon City.
There also seems to be quite a few calls for the return of Resident Evil Zero co-protagonist Billy Coen, including this idea from Demalos:
Billy Coen returns to the series as RE8’s protagonist. He’s living his life now as an aging trucker in America. After his escape from Umbrella’s training facility, Billy has never stayed in one spot for too long for fear of virus outbreaks and also for fear of being recognized for his past charges.
uberninja25 would also like to see the series continue in its current state:
Personally I think that resident evil 8 will have to be another first person horror. If we stick with Ethan we might actually go to the nearby town where it turns out to also be under Evelyn’s infection, but now out of control without the main host.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions in terms of the entire origins of what is going on in Resident Evil 7, of which some may be answered in the upcoming DLC Not a Hero. Given the variety of different games that have been produced for the series, its hard to say where it will go next definitively. If it decides to continue with the numbered series with Resident Evil 8, the continuation of its currently adopted format could be a popular and effective way to go.
Where would you like to see Resident Evil go next? Let us know in the comments section below.