Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata has said there's a possibility for a reboot of the franchise, as long as it preserves "what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans."
Speaking with Eurogamer, Kawata said a reboot would also have to be accessible to new players, and 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," he noted. "A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but it is something that. There is a possibility."
Kawata has worked on every game in the series since the acclaimed Resident Evil 4, and on classic Capcom titles such as PN03, Onimusha and Dino Crisis before that.
He further stated that any changes to the series will be looked at once Resident Evil: Revelations is released on console, and feedback is received.
"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," he said. "We'll definitely be looking at that as a signpost for where we need to be going next.
"Moving forward I can see us focusing even more on the horror aspect and fear in the series, and see us making something scarier than we have already. If anyone is waiting for an open-world Resident Evil, I think it will certainly be quite a while.
"So in the meantime, I recommend giving Revelations a try."
Kawata dismissed whether these possible changes were a reflection of feedback from Resident Evil
Resident Evil: Revelations will release on PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 in North America on May 21 and in Europe on May 24.
The title will also be available to download digitally from the same dates on PS3 for €49.99 and PC for €39.99. Details on digital versions for Xbox 360 and Wii U will follow at a later date.