Capcom has revealed that pre-orders for the next major installment in its survival horror franchise, Resident Evil 6, have tracked ahead of previous series records. 2012 is a big year for the franchise with the release of Resident Evil: Revelations for 3DS; Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3; and Resident Evil 6 for the same platforms. Capcom senior vice president of planning and business development Christian Svensson talked about RE6 in an interview with GameInformer.
"Our preorders for Revelations and Raccoon City were both helped on an upward spike with the announcement of Resident Evil 6. The pre-orders for Resident Evil 6 are off to a fantastic start. The best start a Resident Evil game has ever had," said Svensson.
Capcom is planning to go big by releasing the title on November 20, directly before the busy holiday shopping season.
"We're saying, 'Get the hell out of the way.' We're a big game. We're letting you know we're coming. We're giving people plenty of room to move around us. The plan is the biggest Resident Evil game ever. We're not messing around."
Moving onto other Capcom brands that have fallen by the wayside, Svensson asserted that Kickstarter is not the answer for every publisher like it was for Double Fine.
"I'm very happy for Tim [Schafer]. If anyone deserves that kind of love and support it's certainly those guys. They make great content and I'm really happy they get to do that," said Svensson.
"However, I think they're one of the very few people that could pull this off and get that kind of support. They are a developer that doesn't necessarily have the capital to self-fund so the need is there. And as a result people are happy to open their wallets and support them. I think that if a publisher that has capital were to try this, I don't think the PR and fan reaction would be quite as positive. I'm not convinced companies like EA, Activision, or Capcom could ask fans to fund dormant franchises. That's a challenging prospect, I think."