In a recent interview, Capcom Europe's chief operating officer Stuart Turner discussed the company's decision to rework their absolute classic, Resident Evil 2, and stated that Capcom would rather have good review scores than actual profit.
Asked whether Capcom shares the view of fans and critics alike, whereby Resident Evil 7 is a comeback of sorts, Turner said that the artistic element plays an important role in the company. As such, they consider Resident Evil 7 to be a success story.
"And in some respects, getting some very good review scores counts as much for Capcom as a game that sells millions and millions and millions. We'd prefer a game that got a 9 and sold less, than got a 6 but sold more", Turner added.
This suggests Turner doesn't consider remaking Resident Evil 2 an attempt at making more cash, but an artistic endeavour instead. He did point out that Capcom are trying to steer clear of Remake monikers, because the new version of a fan favourite from 1998 is being positioned "as a major launch akin to Resident Evil 7."
In fact, Turner pointed out that a separate team was already working on Resident Evil 2 at the time the 7 was being developed, so the company is sparing no muscle in trying to bring back some of the old mojo.
Naturally, not everything was as simple in the remaking of Resident Evil 2, not least the controls, which were significantly improved since then. At the time, Capcom's game relied on fixed angles and quite clunky and infuriating control scheme commonly referred to as tank controls, which arguably made the game all the more difficult and, as a result, quite memorable.
The team ultimately settled for third person camera, and "although there might have been some dissenting voices, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive." Hopefully, this translates to the game as well.
It appears that the company is choosing to be more media friendly lately, ever since their stock downgraded over the most unlikely of sources - Monster Hunter: World. We're saying unlikely because for all intents and purposes, the game is Capcom's golden goose but the financial world obviously disagrees.
You can find the full interview here.