Shinji Mikami, the director of the original Resident Evil, is reportedly uninterested in coming back to the franchise.
Mikami made the statement during a live talk that also involved Hideki Kamiya. Kamiya is likely best known for directing the original Resident Evil 2.
There were several other key talking points from both of the talented creatives, as seen in a new tweet from @Genki_JPN:
Some interesting points from the Shinji Mikami x Hideki Kamiya live talk!– Kamiya-san was very nervous to be on stage with Mikami-san and respects him a lot.– Kamiya said Mikami taught him all he knows.– Mikami is not interested in working on the Resident Evil series again.-… pic.twitter.com/jtrXiWZLec— Genki✨ (@Genki_JPN) December 18, 2023
Some interesting points from the Shinji Mikami x Hideki Kamiya live talk!– Kamiya-san was very nervous to be on stage with Mikami-san and respects him a lot.– Kamiya said Mikami taught him all he knows.– Mikami is not interested in working on the Resident Evil series again.-… pic.twitter.com/jtrXiWZLec
It’s always nice to hear how much respect these two industry leaders clearly have for each other.
Mikami notably left Tango Gameworks earlier this year. Mikami originally founded Tango Gameworks and served as the CEO.
The move may have opened many doors for Mikami. Hopefully, they will have something official to announce about their future projects sooner than later.
Both Mikami and Kamiya mention interest in Okami during the live talk.
It’s unclear if these two will be joining forces down the line, but that partnership would certainly have enormous potential.
They are consistently imaginative and bold. Resident Evil fans are surely disappointed that Mikami probably won’t return to the series.
The video game series is currently wrapped up in a variety of remakes. A new report recently confirmed that Capcom plans to continue rolling out even more Resident Evil remakes.
As a result, there’s been a lot of buzz over the potential for a Resident Evil – Code: Veronica remake. It’s a Dreamcast classic that has been overlooked for a while.
Resident Evil remakes have largely been successful, including this year’s Resident Evil 4 remake.
However, many players would likely appreciate something fresh. And a director like Mikami would definitely be able to give the Resident Evil series a meaningful new direction.
Whatever Mikami does end up pursuing, fans will be supportive, nonetheless.
For more on the Resident Evil franchise, you can read about the Resident Evil 4 mobile versions releasing this week.