Resident Evil Creator Celebrates 30th Career Anniversary With Interview Delving into the Franchise and the Horror Genre

Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami details how he came to get involved in the industry, as well as how he created the legendary horror series.

October 17, 2020

Resident Evil creator and one of the most influential people in the gaming industry, Shinji Mikami, shares his thoughts on the horror genre and his inspirations regarding the legendary franchise he birthed, as well as how he found his way into the industry in the first place.

Apparently we have Mikami’s friend to thank, as he managed to capture Mikami’s interest by using a wrestling game ad as a trap. He started his career at Capcom through another ad promoting a reception party at Osaka’s Hilton Hotel and ended up meeting Yoshiki Okamoto who would later be his superior. The interview, which is the first part of two, is 36 minutes with the second part premiering on October 29th.

According to the official description: “For his 30th career anniversary, we met Shinji Mikami, one of the most prolific creators and contributors to the game industry. Over a long interview, he told us about his beginnings at Capcom, the birth of the Resident Evil series and his views on the horror genre.”

Archipel Caravan specializes in creating and publishing documentaries about various Japanese creatives. Their previous interview was with Danganronpa creator, which you can view here. You can support them financially through Patreon here. If you enjoyed this video, Archipel has an entire lineup planned, which they posted on their official Twitter account:

Meanwhile on the videogame front we have Resident Evil: Village, which made its debut during the PS5 Showcase by Sony. Continuing from where REVII left off, Village seems to be aiming to bring players into an entirely different Resident Evil experience, this time around focused on European forests and mountains and the presence of werewolves, in lieu of the series’ traditional zombies.

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And thanks to the Capcom TGS 2020 stream, during the Resident Evil Village Guest Talk on September 27th, we learned that Resident Evil Village has a crafting mechanic. Comedian and singer Eiko Kano exclusively played Biohazard Village (the Japanese title) during the event and revealed that when defeated, enemies in Resident Evil Village drop not only money like in RE4, but also materials. Village is coming in 2021 to PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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