If you're not a fan of Resident Evil's action-oriented focus, you may be surprised to learn that Shinji Mikami actually took the move in reaction to sluggish sales of the GameCube's Resident Evil remake.
During an interview with IGN, Mikami revealed that the change in tack from pure horror to action was partly to emulate more popular games, following a perceived lack of interest in the genre after Resident Evil's GameCube version tanked. “Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake,” said Mikami, “I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.”
"That all came out of the commercial failure of the Resident Evil remake. And then of course Resident Evil 4 sold really well. I have kind of a lingering trauma there, because the Resident Evil remake didn't sell – much more than people would think."
Of course, it's worth remembering that the immediate result - Resident Evil 4 - was a masterpiece and quite possibly the best game in the series. Sadly, Mikami's departure meant that, perhaps, the franchise ended up veering completely off the rails. We hope that The Evil Within manages to perfectly balance fear and catharsis. [via Joystiq]