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Resident Evil 20th Anniversary Interview – Hiroyuki Kobayashi


I’m Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a producer at Capcom I’ve been involved in the Resident Evil series since the first game 20 years ago Since becoming a producer I’ve worked on
the GameCube Resident Evil remake, as well as Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 6 For the movies I was involved from the second one, right up to the upcoming sixth installment, and I’m also a producer on the CG movies I had just joined Capcom when the
original Resident Evil was in development, and I joined the team as a programmer I worked alongside experienced staff on a team programming enemies I was mostly doing small creatures:
spiders, bees, crows and so on The biggest thing I worked on
was the human-fly hybrid, who appears in the research lab
towards the end of the game I did some other things too,
but those were the most interesting At its largest the team was over 100 people I joined the team about
a year before the game came out, but some had been on
the project from start to finish Opinions often clashed as we were
making something very unlike previous games, but even when at cross-purposes,
the team worked hard and pulled together The first game had a
really scary horror atmosphere, and I think the second one
continued very much in the same vein The series has an entertainment side to it too, though They’re like movies, so
even if you’re not a big horror fan, there are other elements
you can enjoy such as the story, and the various puzzles that
appear in the game, and so on I think that variety allowed all kinds of people
to enjoy the game over the past 20 years I’m not very fond
of horror myself Besides, when you work on the game,
you already know what’s going to happen So I didn’t think it was
that scary while working on it But then we ran user tests and
I saw people getting very shocked and scared That really made me
realise how scary it truly was But at the time, I felt there was a big difference
between how the creators saw the horror in the game and how players
themselves experienced it With any game series you need
new ideas as new consoles arrive Resident Evil games have
always had beautiful graphics Working out how to make the games look
great on new hardware was always a big challenge The programmers and the artists had to
work together to find a way to overcome that challenge The first game in particular was
very much a process of trial and error Our methods improved as we
grew accustomed to the hardware But we tend to dream really big
when we get a new console to work with We go in thinking anything is possible,
but of course the reality is very different Our job is then to work out
what we can realistically achieve All titles are hard work,
but I find with Resident Evil, the graphics are especially
challenging on every project There’s no secret manual at Capcom
that tells you how to make a Resident Evil game We’ve been making them for 20 years
and passing knowledge down from project to project Of course, horror is a very important part of it But while we understand horror, that’s not all there is to it Each title has its own additional aspects to it So we have to respect the horror
part while recognising we need more I have my own take on how to bring the entertainment part to the table You could say titles I’ve produced have
tended towards the entertainment side of the scale I like to make games
that even non-gamers can enjoy I also want the movies
to be enjoyable just as movies, even if you’ve never
played a Resident Evil game I’m always conscious of my goal
of bringing Resident Evil to a wide audience The original Resident Evil was
really an amazing game to work on I feel privileged to be one of
the hundred-odd people who can say that As the series progressed we kept that spark going, and by the time of the fourth
game, the series was very popular But Resident Evil 4
was a completely different game It brought accurate shooting gameplay
to the Resident Evil universe and started a new style
that would continue with 5 and 6 That was definitely a big
change for Resident Evil I mean, 4 didn’t even have zombies in it! It featured new enemies called Ganados,
which paved the way for a new kind of experience Resident Evil came out on March 22nd, 1996 I never thought I’d still be
working on the series 20 years later We owe the global success of the series to you, our incredible fans Each title in the series has its own tone,
and while people may like one over another, the creative teams are just as
passionate no matter which title So if you’re a Resident Evil fan but
there are titles in the series you’ve not played, I would love it if you’d
take the time to check them out Hopefully the 20th anniversary will give
you a chance to think about the whole series Thank you and I look forward
to your continued support of Resident Evil!

100 Comments

markk217

Mar 3, 2016, 7:34 pm Reply

5 and 6 suck ass

Emad Wolf

Mar 3, 2016, 7:37 pm Reply

there was no 20 years of horror

Chris Martin Redfield

Mar 3, 2016, 7:48 pm Reply

Resident Evil 2 Remake is the real most wanted title since many many years… I hope there's a RE3 remake in planning too!! Don't Forget Nemesis is a RE icon… Even more than Leon, Chris and Jill…

MoldyBubbles

Mar 3, 2016, 8:06 pm Reply

Quit making Remasters and ports, MAKE A NEW RESIDENT EVIL GAME for Christ's sake.

Aníbal Valdebenito

Mar 3, 2016, 8:07 pm Reply

Capcom you are so fucking idiot, you just like the money and you fucked videogame sagas like street fighter (with street fighter 5) or resident evil (with all the videogames after resident evil 4)

billywitchdoctor

Mar 3, 2016, 8:12 pm Reply

capcom you're awsome!!!!! re2 remake info? please!!!

TheFranny117

Mar 3, 2016, 8:22 pm Reply

at 4:55 he says quote. "you could say all the titles ive produced have tended towards
the entertainment side of the scale." then says "i like to make games that even non-gamers can enjoy." yeah he gave us a pile of dogshit with the number 6 stamped on it!

Kennigen

Mar 3, 2016, 8:42 pm Reply

We need Outbreak 1-2 HD or Outrbreak file 3 please

omegazio

Mar 3, 2016, 8:47 pm Reply

Resident Evil 6 was still flawless and perfect IMO fuck the haters and remember it's opinion. RE6 sold over 6 million copies a huge success now that's fact.

Mindcircus

Mar 3, 2016, 8:51 pm Reply

There's no mention of shinji mikami anywhere, just shows you capcom like konami don't respect their former devs who made them so much money, For the people who don't know, shinji mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara both created resident evil, shinji directed them from 1 all the way to 4 with the help of his student Hideki Kamiya, both worked on so many and created so many titles including devil may cry, onimusha warlords, ace attorney dino crisis, ect, resident evil died when shinji and kamiya left capcom, the evil within is a way better game than resident evil…..this is my opinion……Hiroyuki Kobayashi resident evil 5 and 6 are garbage good luck with 7 cause its gonna be the same crap…..

SmileForMe360

Mar 3, 2016, 9:01 pm Reply

thank you for giving us the wonderful world of Resident Evil for the last 20 years!

The Derpmeister

Mar 3, 2016, 9:21 pm Reply

ahh come on, I was expecting at least some teaser for REMake 2, but no cigar

Drago Warrior

Mar 3, 2016, 9:21 pm Reply

subtitles??

Serana

Mar 3, 2016, 9:39 pm Reply

Capcom did wonderful job remastering Resident Evil 1 and Resident Evil 0. But now, Capcom should start focusing on Resident Evil 2 remake to bring back traditional fixed camera angle, filled with scary horror element and atmosphere. And of course, gorgeous graphics and gorgeous boob physics on Claire Redfield and Ada Wong.

Serana

Mar 3, 2016, 9:50 pm Reply

Thanks for awesome discount price (up to 83%) on Steam! Sales will end on March 29th, 2016 at 10 AM Pacific Time.
http://store.steampowered.com/sale/resident-evil

Juan José Villegas

Mar 3, 2016, 10:05 pm Reply

I think the majority want more RE0 to RE3 and Code Veronica and not more shit like the others.

Rondnelly Moura

Mar 3, 2016, 10:42 pm Reply

Sucesso absoluto!

FoxyBoxing1

Mar 3, 2016, 11:08 pm Reply

Resident Evil current producer prefers entertainment to horror. Truly these are dark times.

"Entertainment aka Action" If I want "entertainment" I would go play GTA, Gears or CoD.
Its sad when Dark Souls 3 is shaping up to be a better survival Horror experience than Resident Evil 7.

Kawaii Hatsune

Mar 3, 2016, 11:34 pm Reply

Just focus everything on RE2 remaster and after that, RE3 and everything will be juuust fine, no more new shit please.

SSG_Ronnie42

Mar 3, 2016, 11:41 pm Reply

So he was ok with the movies, is ok with the modern trilogy….really does worry me that people think 4/5/6 are Re style games. Hoping the Resident Evil 2 plays nothing like the action shooter Re4 game. Re0/1/2/3 are the best, Coder Veronica was fairly decent.

Adrian Torres

Mar 3, 2016, 11:43 pm Reply

Thanks for the franchise, but I got a few questions

1, Why did they use different framing for their own footage of a game they created?(lol youtube copystrike system)

2, Will spin off resident evil games come to this generation of consoles? I would try out the rest of the franchise such as OUTBREAK, and other spin off if they're released on PS4 PS2 emulation.

3, and What are the chances of Dino crisis coming back? I never got to experience that franchise and seeing it looked similar to RE0-3 style of play It would be nice to bring it back to a new generation.

Bruno Silva

Mar 3, 2016, 11:49 pm Reply

How was this man involved in Resi 6?

TheScotchaholic

Mar 3, 2016, 11:55 pm Reply

Happy Anniversary Resident Evil! Keep up the great work Capcom, and please don't screw up REmake 2 or RE 7!
Thank you,
From a long time fan!

Wιsses

Mar 3, 2016, 12:17 am Reply

thAnks-for-All
1996- 2016

Signal Blue

Mar 3, 2016, 12:48 am Reply

No subtitles??

Ono Lox

Mar 3, 2016, 1:58 am Reply

RE 1 and 2 are the best ever. 4, 5 and 6 are not RE. WE WANT SURVIVAL HORROR GAMES, not action RE.

zanychelly

Mar 3, 2016, 2:26 am Reply

Horror is not alone as an important part but it is the most important, with some bit o terror.
the 2nd most important would be surviva, strive to survive, low ammo and etc
the 3rd would be surprise the player while on gameplay, not with jump scares or cgi, and creates an feeling of not being safe

And there is no place for Hollywood action on this.

Wladislav

Mar 3, 2016, 2:40 am Reply

RE is one of the few series in existence where I would actually prefer a remake over a new, original game. And I say that as someone who generally despises remakes.
The only other thing left to do with the franchise is a complete reboot. Just discard everything and start over with something fresh. There is nothing to salvage from RE5 and 6. Don't even attempt it. The series has jumped the shark too many times already.

The dream project of RE in my opinion is a combined REmake of RE2 and RE3 into 1 game. The games take place at roughly the same time in roughly the same location and it would just be awesome if they could be combined into 1 giant horror adventure.
Now I know this is not actually what's going to happen but I do still hold some hope that they make some arrangements in the RE2 remake which will allow a future RE3 remake to slot neatly into it.

One can dream…

Fernando Ivanovitis

Mar 3, 2016, 3:49 am Reply

Please bring the survivor horror again
umbrella corps no!

luis brito

Mar 3, 2016, 3:56 am Reply

We want RE7 & RE2 remake now¡

isaac cardoso calili

Mar 3, 2016, 4:00 am Reply

re6 action not terror

djshauny1

Mar 3, 2016, 4:21 am Reply

I hope this guy isnt working on the re2 remake. Theres alot of stuff hes saying that would fuck the re2 remake up.

Raquel Navarrete

Mar 3, 2016, 4:34 am Reply

Resident Evil Remake is a masterpiece, is what RE should've become, I enjoyed playing it for the Gamecube so much, I still do, and for that thank you Mr. Kobayashi and the whole RE development team, I hope you continue with the survival horror legacy and do RE2 remake as enjoyable as RE remake.

[email protected] Bicicleta

Mar 3, 2016, 4:34 am Reply

aproveitem que estão fazendo os remakes e façam um novo resident evil 4, sigam a base dos três primeiros jogos da série survivor e zumbies normais mudem os lugares e chefes só isso agente quer terror não ação!!! 🙂

GetBant

Mar 3, 2016, 4:38 am Reply

I came here expecting something interesting but it was badly made video where you used the same shot of a door opening over and over again along with a 5 second sound file in the background looping over everything. It was slow, it was dull, it was a shame.

April B

Mar 3, 2016, 4:43 am Reply

"Waahh! I don't like change! Bring back survival horror not the shooter stuff!!11" Did you forget Revelations 2 exists? This fandom is trash.

XBuckxNasty x

Mar 3, 2016, 5:19 am Reply

it should say biohazard if it has no subtitle.

Colton Mcfarland

Mar 3, 2016, 5:47 am Reply

they at least should have given us English subtitles

EliteGaming

Mar 3, 2016, 6:18 am Reply

boom!! resident evil! ))))

Егор Анисимов

Mar 3, 2016, 6:34 am Reply

Как интересно дают интервью в Японии. Человек не смотрит в камеру, это какой-то элемент культуры, уважения к пользователям, или блаж создателей?

Korben Jackson

Mar 3, 2016, 7:09 am Reply

I would love it more if Umbrella Core wasn't ps4 exclusive.

Soulkey sbr

Mar 3, 2016, 7:48 am Reply

Resi Outbreak remaster pls!
Throw us a bone Capcom!

Yudhaputera Wardiman

Mar 3, 2016, 7:51 am Reply

"Even if you're not a big horror fan, there are other elements you can enjoy such as the story"

Hate to admit it but it's true…. I was a bit disappointed with the current action-horror RE theme but… the only thing that keeps me coming back is the story and the characters.

Marks Man

Mar 3, 2016, 8:17 am Reply

I really wish there is Resident evil Outbreak HD ,It would satisfy me.

Владимир Ильин

Mar 3, 2016, 9:39 am Reply

resident evil 2 remake Russsian fans

Đức Duy Nguyễn

Mar 3, 2016, 2:39 pm Reply

I have been playing RE since the first one and I'm still enjoying RE5 and 6. Of course i prefer recent back-to-horror-REs like Revelations 1, 2 and especially RE5 Lost in nightmares.

VICTOR HUGO BECERRIL VEGA

Mar 3, 2016, 4:05 pm Reply

Deberían retomar el survival horror con contenido online tipo Resident Evil Outbreak con pequeñas cápsulas de acción estilo el versus de Operation Raccoon City

Joel the last of us

Mar 3, 2016, 6:56 pm Reply

I love resident evil and always admired his fantastic and spectacular games,love you capcom!!!!!!!

Gilbert Morales

Mar 3, 2016, 9:39 pm Reply

Love Resident Evil 🙂

where are the turtles

Mar 3, 2016, 10:02 pm Reply

so this is the man responsible for resident evil 6. shouldve kept him working on crows and spiders

nightstalker1124

Mar 3, 2016, 10:09 pm Reply

"i like to make games that even non gamers can enjoy" – "i dont really care for horror" why in the fuck would you give power of a survival horror franchise to some asshat that doesnt like horror. this is the reason we have casual michael bay piles of shit in the series

EzioVega

Mar 3, 2016, 10:11 pm Reply

at least put some subtitles

Sérgio Vinícius

Mar 3, 2016, 11:21 pm Reply

Make a Remake of Dino Crisis 1

Akira Fudo

Mar 3, 2016, 11:43 pm Reply

I cant belive how irrelevant was this interview. He just say all RE are awesome even if fans dosnt like them.
I always tough he was a vital part of RE but now i see he´s one of the source of the problem in RE. He just want to sell RE to everyone no matter how many changes it takes. Just to whore out RE.
Its soo sad that someone involved in the first game think likes this.

ChrisRedfieldxr

Mar 3, 2016, 1:23 am Reply

Bring back Outbreak!!!

troyisfilming

Mar 3, 2016, 2:53 am Reply

I will never forget being 8 and seeing that face slowly turn around. From that moment, I made my older bro play while I watched.

Polly wants A crackwhore

Mar 3, 2016, 6:01 am Reply

Re 2 remake needs to be just like the original but with better graphics, more cinematic movies, it needs the original voice actors and the original soundtrack.

Kento/賢人

Mar 3, 2016, 2:56 pm Reply

nah resident evil is nothing without the true creator himself shinji mikami for he is the only one who can truly create a pure survival horror resident evil game it's his own creation after all and yet these freakin' capcom developers are milking the shit out of it to tell you the truth shinji mikami was suppose to end the RE franchise in the unreleased resident evil 4 beta but because of capcom's poor decision that they should keep RE going and make it into action oriented shit (sighs) i just hope the RE7 will be the finale of RE because they really need to start a new IP because RE is kinda getting old you know

paully Beemer

Mar 3, 2016, 6:10 pm Reply

definitely need to remake or make another part 2 ! ,and 3 …

Katastrophe

Mar 3, 2016, 8:14 pm Reply

Conga rats, Resident Evil. <3 You are now almost old enough to drink! Seriously though, me and this game series grew up together and I'll love it til the day I die. <3

Joe Lloyd

Mar 3, 2016, 1:55 am Reply

I really thought we would get to see something new in this video

Baroque Chevalier

Mar 3, 2016, 3:30 am Reply

Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Keiji Inafune can go and rot in hell.

Adderly Puntiel

Mar 3, 2016, 4:20 am Reply

Uhh… Why was this uploaded without subtitles ?

bleets cube

Mar 3, 2016, 5:56 am Reply

I think RE6 definitely gets too much hate. Just because they didn't want to pander only to the survival horror fans doesn't mean it's a complete shit game. The story and most of the characters were really good. The man said it himself. He wants to widen the spectrum of players and doesn't want to rely on the horror forever. Besides that from what I've read Capcom already promised to make RE7 more scary again. But with survival horror alone you can't sell games very well nowadays and you people have to realize that. I doubt we'll ever get a Resident Evil game that's just like the first couple games again and I'm okay with it. It's been 20 years. The audience changes and so does the show.

Donobyte

Mar 3, 2016, 8:53 pm Reply

He mentions creating different games that some people will like and some people won't. This makes me worry that they don't actually give a shit about the majority of the fan base wanting true survival horror, adventure/exploration, and puzzles to come back. They're going to try and gain whatever the popular market share is trending in video games. Didn't they see how wildly successful the Last of Us was? How about the hype that Silent HIll's had? Get your shit together and give in to your loyal fan base!

MrMachinedx

Mar 3, 2016, 8:31 am Reply

im going to buy, only horror re titles.

STIRAWORLD

Mar 3, 2016, 1:50 pm Reply

RE6((((((((((((((((((((((( Хуета хует,говницо еще то!

Jake Muller

Mar 3, 2016, 5:27 pm Reply

Resident Evil Outbreak File 1&2 Remasters with online plz…

No Sol

Mar 3, 2016, 4:23 am Reply

Dear CAPCOM here's Suggestion to re2 remake
-Bring back paul(leon v.a) ,Sally (ada v.a) and alison(claire v.a)
-Re4 gameplay mechanics with coop mode
-No re6 game mechanics
-Go back to survival horror
-Upgradable weapons or Shop mode like re4/5
-Lone wolf mode where you play without partner
-Give gore death scene like re4
-Unlock something special like costumes/weapons after completing normal,hardest,Pro and mercenaries
-Have campain for ada, hunk and jill.
-Have characters from RE series into mercenaries or raid mode

Sŧαłłiøη

Mar 3, 2016, 6:00 am Reply

We want news about RE2Remake, bitch.

IamSnorlax

Mar 3, 2016, 1:15 pm Reply

Resident Evils 5 and 6 were awful. So were all of the movies.

More survival horror like Resi 1-3 please.

godofwar2k6reborn

Mar 3, 2016, 4:46 pm Reply

Best video game series of all time. I have played all the RE games hundreds of times over the last 20 years. Its a pity no one talks about the music in the series though. No one can touch the composers behind the RE games.

Helder Pinto

Mar 3, 2016, 12:34 am Reply

Inbefore you start bitching, turn on the subtitles.

Keven Nava

Mar 3, 2016, 4:10 pm Reply

I know the series can do it I know it can return back to is roots

JonathanFerGold

Mar 3, 2016, 8:59 pm Reply

This guy is nothing without Shinji Mikami.

Fuck Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

Sam

Apr 4, 2016, 10:03 pm Reply

The success of the RE series is based on the strong foundations of the first 2/3 games, then as he acknowledges – they changed the horror experience into a more 'entertainment' driven action experience for the 'wider' audiences this would cater to.

Its like this guy knows everything they've done to ruin this franchise and he's totally ok with it.

Joe Lloyd

Apr 4, 2016, 12:52 am Reply

we all really want to see some early concept for another upcoming Resident Evil game

ROSA_LES88

Apr 4, 2016, 1:46 am Reply

Please add Japanese audio to RE6. I will never give up! please just this one favor!

DarkApocalyptiaX

Apr 4, 2016, 2:42 am Reply

I've been playing resident evil since I could stand. I was born only a month previous to RE in February. So this series is truly a special one for me and has always been one of my most favorite franchises of all time. I didn't have time or money to celebrate my 20th birthday, so next year for my 21st since I don't drink or smoke I'm just going to order all of these remakes and buy collectors stuff because I've never been allowed to or able to afford such extra things. First world problems Lol. Happy spring!

deathzcruzer

Apr 4, 2016, 5:47 am Reply

although the newer RE games were not that great, i'm still a sucker for the series. grew up with it, and i would without a doubt stick with the series until it dies. im glad that capcom is listening to the fans, with the recent revelations series actually returning to its survival horror roots. i have faith they will do justice to RE2 remake as well as RE7, should the time come.

leftyfourguns

Apr 4, 2016, 7:16 pm Reply

Hint: click the CC button

David Holesch

Apr 4, 2016, 7:03 am Reply

Some of the things he said really make you worry about the RE2 remake. This interview perfectly shows why RE5 and RE6 took the direction they got in the end. I really hope this guy isn't involved into the RE2 remake with this mindset.

Sergi Medina

Apr 4, 2016, 10:39 am Reply

Resident Evil didn't always look good. Many textures in RE4 and RE6 are the worst I've seen in all my video gaming years. Even in later RE4 releases, the game is still so broken… Those QTE are the most useless and terribly frustrating ones ever. Game design is lazy. Story is poor. Too much action, despite some minor horror. The beginning of the end, no doubt. RE6 is just terrible, though.
But most importantly, RE is about horror atmosphere with some action. Not about action as it is, like RE4, RE5 and RE6. That said, I'd choose The Umbrella Chronicles/The Darkside Chronicles over RE4 and RE6 any day… But not as true Resident Evil videogames.

Mohammed Sami

Apr 4, 2016, 9:11 am Reply

the graphics think you mentioned is a real succes
usually if not always i enjoyed resident evil graphics

budczus field

Apr 4, 2016, 9:50 am Reply

Motherfucker destroyed the franchise.

My heart is for Zanarkand

Apr 4, 2016, 6:24 pm Reply

i love this saga..i Love!!! thank's for the beautiful experience

Batboy122 Ninjabat

Apr 4, 2016, 5:13 pm Reply

Is He Chinese or japa.?

TheKrustaceox

Apr 4, 2016, 10:24 pm Reply

Nice " RE1 Save theme" version playing on the background. Can anyone link me this version?

Luciano Monola Rojas

May 5, 2016, 5:57 am Reply

vendieran un paquete de todos los residents

Sridhar

May 5, 2016, 7:32 am Reply

Bro Resident Evil 6 Has been the Best TPS Resident Evil Game , Games like 1,2,3 will Not be played anymore as that look has died off …. Gamers like RadBrad and others Liked RE6 …. Re6 has horror from a different perspective

Kikoken Spinning Bird Kick

May 5, 2016, 1:09 pm Reply

all we want is resident evil 7 and revelation 3 (ADA and LEON) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lit’ AHSr.

Jun 6, 2016, 6:32 pm Reply

RE3 REMAKE – Code Veronica X Remastered / REMAKE HD Physical Disk !! also RE7 need fast angry zombies with matches to burn also we want MERCHANT BACK!!! "Ah! I'll buy it at a high price!" http://prntscr.com/bfk4ny

Dynamite Kid

Jul 7, 2016, 12:08 pm Reply

Yup just got one today for ps4 thanks for making the 20th. Anniversary! God bless you! Peace everyone!

Taloenio

Aug 8, 2016, 12:18 am Reply

i dont give a shit about what happen after third part///

Xpro God

Dec 12, 2016, 12:27 am Reply

Best resident evil is 4

Xpro God

Dec 12, 2016, 12:28 am Reply

I grew up w resident evil 4 on ps2

Xpro God

Dec 12, 2016, 12:28 am Reply

And gamecube

YUDA

Apr 4, 2017, 6:45 pm Reply

hi capcom
please returning back RE OUTBREAK online back again in hd remaster or remake,and it's a good time!
RE fans will be more excited if u do it..seriously how can u guys forget about this awesome game?
honestly this game is more better than umbrella corps or operation racoon city. Fact.
Thank you

Maruf Hoque

Oct 10, 2017, 5:50 am Reply

please make a resident evil 3 remastered

Captain Jaber

Jan 1, 2018, 1:47 pm Reply

As great as the RE series was for its time, Last of Us just did a better job and Naughty Dog has taken over the realm of gaming.

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