In an interview with Eurogamer, Masachika Kawata, the franchise producer of the Resident Evil series expressed his desire to see a reboot of the the franchise.

Following questions about Resident Evil 6’s reception with fans and critics, Mr. Kawata stated, “If we did [go with an open world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players. It would almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay. That’s just a personal opinion.”

According to Mr. Kawata, the deciding factor in the franchise’s direction will be decided by Resident Evil: Revelations. Mr. Kawata clarified, “Once we see Revelations released on consoles, we’ll be looking very carefully at how the title is received and what feedback we get. I think we’ll get a lot of input from the fanbase and the media on what it means for Resident Evil, and what it could mean for the future of the series. We’ll definitely be looking at that as a signpost for where we need to be going next.”

If you read my Resident Evil 6 review, you’ll know I’m not much of a fan of the series' current direction. So maybe a change is in order - as long as I don’t see Chris Redfield punching a boulder again, I’ll try to keep my mind open to any new direction the franchise may take.