Next Resident Evil to be made by SOCOM’s developer?

There has been speculation that Six Slant Games, the current developer of the PlayStation-only SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs franchise, is working on the next Resident Evil game. The reasons for its speculation, says Kotaku, are the following:

  • A document forwarded to Kotaku indicates that a new team-based Resident Evil game titled or code named “Resident Evil: Raccoon City” is currently in development at Slant Six Games.
  • According to the Six Slant website, the developer is at work on “an amazing new project” that is yet to be announced. The site further states that Six Slant Games is working with “a new publishing partner on a world-class franchise.”
  • Several Six Slant employees (current and former) have listed an unannounced “multiplayer action game” for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on their LinkedIn profiles.
  • Last March, Six Slant looked to hire a “Japanese translator/interpreter”.
  • Of late, Capcom has been outsourcing development duties for several of its franchises to game studios outside Japan. Examples include GRIN, who worked on Bionic Commando; Blue Castle Games, who developed Dead Rising 2; and Ninja Theory, who is currently making the Devil May Cry reboot.

What does this mean to the average gamer?
Aside from being handed to a developer known for its tactical shooters, the description of the (presumably) next Resident Evil game says it all: it’s going to be team-based. This rumor is also consistent with how Resident Evil 5 turned out to be: more action, more shooter than survival horror.

Here’s another idea to consider: Would Capcom hand over one of its most popular franchises to a popular developer only to produce a “lesser” (read: subtitled) iteration of Resident Evil? If this rumor is true, there’s a possibility that “Resident Evil: Raccoon City” is actually a numbered installment.