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The cast of Resident Evil 6, with Leon S Kennedy front and center.Capcom

Veteran Capcom producer Masachika Kawata has told fans to "stay tuned" for news regarding Resident Evil 7. Since 2012's Resident Evil 6 the series has seen Revelations 2, the small-scale episodic game released earlier this year, and a remaster of the 2002 remake of the original Resident Evil.

Since that was released earlier this year Capcom has announced plans to remake Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil 2. Last month during Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference the publisher also announced Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps – a competitive online third person shooter.

Asked directly about Resi 7, Kawata told Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki PlayStation (via Siliconera): "We're currently not at a state to talk about it, but please stay tuned." Referring to the game as "it" might appear to be confirmation of its existence, but could well be a quirk of the translation.

A follow-up question asked about the series "losing its horror touch" after the disappointing and messy Resi 6. "Since there's been more spin-off titles, I can see how it can be perceived in such a way," Kawata said. "And of course I believe that we should produce titles that bring out the horror. I'm thinking about it and also preparing for it."

The disappointment fans share about the more action-orientated focus of the series since 5 has been exasperated by the release of the Resident Evil remake – which highlighted the series classic horror roots, and the announcement of Umbrella Corps, which shows the potential direction fans fear the series is heading in.

Regarding future remasters of classic games, Kawata said more would be considered as a means to "respond to as much demand as possible." After the release of Resident Evil 2, potentially set to arrive in 2017, it surely won't take long for fans to start requesting a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

During the announcement of Umbrella Corps, Capcom made a big deal out of the series 20th anniversary next year. With that game and Resident Evil 0 HD both set for release early on in the year, it's possible that Resident Evil 7 could be pencilled in for later in the year.

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