'Resident Evil 7' release date: Analyst claims announcement at E3 2016 event


The next installment in Capcom’s “Resident Evil” franchise, “Resident Evil 7,” will allegedly be announced next month at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

According to a Twitter post from Serkan Toto, an analyst of the Japanese mobile gaming industry as well as the chief executive officer and founder of industry consulting company Kantan Games Inc., last week, Capcom will show “Resident Evil 7” at E3.

Allegedly, Capcom also hired designer Joran Amaro to work on the game. While Amaro’s biggest credit is for working on “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” he also worked on the universally acclaimed “P.T” or “Playable Teaser” video game demo for the cancelled “Silent Hills.”

Both “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and “P.T.” were from Hideo Kojima’s Kojima Productions studio, which was dissolved from Konami before eventually reforming as an independent brand, implying that Kojima Productions might be also connected to Capcom’s new “Resident Evil” game.

Toto also claimed in another Twitter post that Capcom will be coming back to the “Resident Evil” franchise’s horror roots with “Resident Evil 7,” which could be great for fans of the horror genre and the series if Amaro’s work on “P.T.” is any indication.

Known as “Biohazard” in Japan, the “Resident Evil” series has been accused by longtime fans of losing touch with its own essence in recent installments. Beginning in 1996 with the critically acclaimed “Resident Evil,” the series codified a good number of the contemporary survival horror video game tropes. But by the time of release of “Resident Evil 4,” most of the series’ horror elements were degrading to the point that “Resident Evil 5” and “Resident Evil 6” were classified as third-person shooters instead of survival horror titles.

Though the franchise has managed to garner some of its more acclaimed aspects back with side games, like with the episodic “Resident Evil: Revelations 2,” many still hope for the series to fully return to what it did best.

At any rate, both new and old fans of “Resident Evil” can wait for E3 2016, if Toto’s claims hold true, when it begins on June 14.