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A screenshot from last year's Resident Evil remaster for PS4 and Xbox One. Capcom

As seems to have become tradition in recent years, the Resident Evil 7 rumour mill has begun turning again as we approach one of the year's biggest gaming trade shows. This time, Japan-based industry analyst Serkan Toto is claiming that the game will be announced at E3 in June.

Toto, CEO of games industry consultancy firm Kantan Games, said on Twitter that the game would "go back to RE's horror roots and (essentially) be a clean slate. They will show it at E3." He also says that Jordan Amaro, a former Kojima Productions developer who worked on Metal Gear Solid 5 and PT, has been hired to the Resi team.

Discussion surrounding a new Resident Evil game has ramped up in recent weeks, since Capcom revealed that as part of the Resident Evil series' 20th anniversary celebrations, it is planning a "full-scale offensive" for the second half of 2016.

As it stands the company has three Resident Evil games in the pipeline for release this year. A multiplayer shooter called Umbrella Corps and remasters of Resident Evil 4 and 5, made for current consoles.

Resident Evil 6 was released in 2012 proved a huge commercial success despite being widely panned by critics and fans alike. To date it has sold 6.5 million copies, about half a million units shy of Resident Evil 5's seven million units.

Were Capcom to announce the game at E3, the likely venue would be either Microsoft or Sony's press conferences – which respectively are taking place on Monday 13 June at 5:30pm BST and Tuesday 14 June in the early hours at 2am BST.

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