Resident Evil fans are some of the most vocal in the gaming sphere, a fact which isn’t lost on Resident Evil 6 producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi.
Speaking with the PS Blog, Kobayashi compared the series to a child born of parents representing the fans and the developments – parents which aren’t always going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to raising their young.
“The way I always think of it is that if Resident Evil represents a child, then the fans and us as creators are the two parents,” said Kobayashi. “The resulting games are like the children that are born between both of us. And just like real parents, you’re not always going to agree on what is best for raising that child.
“Now, we do always have our ear to the ground and listen to what the fans are saying and we try to take that into account when we’re making the game. But it’s our job to create a new gaming experience and to offer them something that’s fresh and challenging.
“We want to make sure that what we do pleases them but the initial reaction might not always be positive.’
While the team behind Resident Evil listens to the fanbase, Kobayashi said the developers can’t be “beholden to them at every turn”, otherwise, progress “in terms of the series’ development,” would never be made.