The next Resident Evil game may return to the series' survival horror roots after Resident Evil 6 reviewed poorly and sold below publisher Capcom's expectations.
Michael Pattison, who joined PlayStation this month after three years serving as SVP of marketing for Capcom in the US and Europe, told MCV: "With Resident Evil 6 we probably put too much content in there, there were comments from consumers that said it felt bloated.
"The Leon missions went down very well, and because we did Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS, there was a cry out for us to focus our attention on survival horror, rather than be too many things to all people. You'll find where we go next will likely be more targeted at our core fanbase."
Pattison added: "A lot is said about the saturation of this zombie, post-apocalyptic survival horror. But it is still alive and well. The Last of Us shows a good direction of what the consumers want. Tomb Raider as well, we spoke to R&D and they looked at that and they enjoyed that experience. I think that proves there is still a strong market for that sort of content."
Resident Evil 6 sales totalled 4.9 million copies during the business year ended March 2013, failing to meet Capcom's initial projection of seven million units.
The game has racked up disappointing Metascores too, ranging from 67-74. We said in our Resident Evil 6 review:
"Can't be faulted for content, and better with a friend, but feels like diminishing returns - what's left is a good shooter that's long abandoned survival horror."