Resident Evil 4 is what many consider to be not only the peak of the seminal horror series but also one of the greatest video games of all time, and one that marked the start of a decline. Entries following the fourth game would continue to be decent but none would measure up to it or try to attempt something new. They were only concerned with mimicking RE4 but this could only go on for so long. The series continued to perform well, despite the apparent decline in quality. Until Resident Evil 6 struck a fatal blow.
Resident Evil 6 was universally lambasted and shook Capcom management to its core. This supposedly prompted extensive discussions and dialogue among internal Capcom management, and Jun Takeuchi was given the reigns for the next title. Jun Takeuchi had been involved with the series ever since its inception and was the producer of Resident Evil 5. Jun then restructured the team and focused on a vision. He brought in Koshi Nakanishi, the director of the well-received Resident Evil: Revelations, among other changes.
The result was the phenomenal title Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which marked the new direction for the series. Jun would go on to executively produce many of Capcom’s next big hits, such as RE7’s sequel Resident Evil Village, Devil May Cry 5, and the extremely well-received RE2 and 3 remakes.
Management was sure to take notice, and only recently, Capcom announced some personnel changes through a press release. According to the document, Mr Takeuchi has been promoted to the Executive Corporate Officer position. This means that Consumer Games Development Division 1, which is primarily responsible for the Resident Evil and Devil May Cry series and is headed by Mr Takeuchi, will now be given more creative control and breathing space. How this will affect the future titles in said series, only time will tell.
It should also be noticed that another person promoted to the Executive Corporate Officer position is Mr. Ryozo Tsujimoto, head of Consumer Games Development Division 2, responsible for the insanely popular Monster Hunter series. The success and revenue that both Jun Takeuchi and Ryozo Tsujimoto have brought to Capcom, as can be witnessed by their titles’ sales figures, is proof enough that they are worthy of their new positions.
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