Resident Evil 5 Producer Won’t Be Working On Sequel

May 6, 2010Written by Mike Hartnett

Resident Evil 6, rumored to be heading back to the glory days of the classic haunted mansion in Racoon City, is looking to take the series to new heights. However, one big piece of ,what used to be, the Resident Evil 5 team won’t be making the jump.

Although most of the Resident Evil 5 team will be making the transition to Resident Evil 6, Jun Takeuchi, producer for RE5, won’t be doing the same. According to a recent interview with Xbox 360 World Magazine, Takeuchi was under a good deal pressure while working on RE5 and is instead feeling relieved that he is now at the helm of the Lost Planet 2 team, even though he acknowledges how much work it will take to make the game a success.

“Yes, it’s true we did feel extreme pressure – and Mikami-san’s shadow – after Resi 4”, speaking in the interview.

“However, because we were creating the sequel to this huge franchise we wanted to make our fresh direction clear.”

“Personally, I don’t think I’m gonna deal with Resident Evil 6 at all – as far as the series is concerned I’m not planning to return until at least two more Olympics have passed!”

Resident Evil 5 surely made a mark on the gaming industry for being one of the most controversial titles of 2009, with one side in an uproar over the violence shown towards African Americans and the other not really caring because the setting was, of course, Africa. While it’s not totally understood just how much of an influence Takeuchi had on the route the series decided to take, it is nice to hear that change is coming. Resident Evil 6 may even pull long-time fans who may have been skeptical of some of the more recent iterations of the series, back in for another go-around. Maybe we’ll even see a revamp of the series’ controls… let’s pray for that one.

Based on Takeuchi’s response, it looks like we can expect to see him back on the scene with Resident Evil sometime in the next 4-8 years, that’s if he stays true to his word, of course.