The Resident Evil series has experienced a few bumps over the years critically and commercially—hello, Resident Evil 5 and 6. However, the surprising and welcome success of Resident Evil 7 last year allowed fans to comfortably hope for the best when it comes to what’s next for the franchise. It may seem too early to theorize about the next entry, but a recent image from Capcom’s Japanese Resident Evil Twitter, known as Biohazard, is making players speculate that an announcement is already in the works.
As spotted by Resident Evil Plus+, Biohazard’s Twitter header image includes three of the most recent entries from the series and space for another on the far left, seen below. Upon closer inspection, the blank area does look as if it could perfectly fit another game, but it could also just be a coincidence.
— Resident Evil Plus+ (@Revil_Plus) January 4, 2018
When looking at the various social media accounts for the game, the official Facebook page for Biohazard uses the same header image, but it doesn’t include a blank spot. A likely explanation is the header was created in Facebook first to fit its aspect ratio, then moved to Twitter and given extra space in the image to meet the wider ratio. Also, it would be strange for the company to announce a brand new game through a header image, instead of a formal trailer reveal or something with more bravado. However, to play devil’s advocate, it is odd that the Twitter image doesn’t just put space between each game to fit the ratio, instead of making a nicely sized extra spot for a game.
Regardless, if Capcom is quietly teasing a new game, what could it be? While it’s unlikely Capcom would announce a brand new entry in the series, like Resident Evil 8, fans have been eagerly waiting for more news on the previously announced remake of Resident Evil 2. After years of fan feedback and the positive reception of the Resident Evil remake for Gamecube in 2002, Capcom formally announced in 2015 that a remake of the 1998 PlayStation sequel was in development. Since then, the major news has been the game will be a “from the ground up” remake, but further updates have been scarce.
Further support for the remake filling the possible gap is that 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Resident Evil 2‘s release. It would be the perfect time for Capcom to honor the game and possibly give a surprise launch date if the remake, or at least news of it, arrives around the original’s January 21st release date. Clearly, everything is speculation at this point, but a new Resident Evil in the new year doesn’t seem out of the question.
For now, fans can experience more of the most recent game with the recent arrival of the Not a Hero DLC. Players can delve deeper into Chris’ story as he hunts down the remaining Baker family member from the main events of Resident Evil 7.
Source: Resident Evil Plus+ on Twitter