With the stunning Resident Evil 4 making such a huge splash on GameCube and PS2, it's no surprise that gamers are clamouring for the next instalment in the long-running series already. The fact that Capcom chose to release an early concept movie from Resident Evil 5 last year didn't help quell the frothing masses either.
With Capcom spreading the word that the game is destined for Xbox 360 and PS3 (although still no word on a Revolution version), many were hoping for a prompt release. Now however, Capcom producer Keiji Inafune has revealed to Famitsu that Resi 5's development hasn't even properly begun.
Apparently, the development team is still working feverishly on the graphics engine (which was already looking stunning last time we saw the game's teaser trailer) and experimenting with new ideas to ensure that the new title is as fresh an outing for the series as Resident Evil 4 was before it. Inafune commented that it'll be a good while yet before the game is released, with Capcom prepared to take as long as necessary to perfect it's next Resi instalment.
On the subject of other titles, Inafune said that the impressive Xbox 360 Dawn of the Dead-inspired Dead Rising is nearing completion, with his team putting the finishing touches on it right now. Meanwhile, the basics for Capcom's other 360 game, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, are in place. Both games are scheduled for release in 2006.
As for Capcom's future Xbox 360 plans, Inafune explained that the company was waiting to see how the console fares at retail before committing to any futher projects, citing the spiralling costs of next-gen development and the huge resources such games require as reasons for its caution.