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Resident Evil 6 will be "totally different"

Capcom promises franchise reinvention.

The next full entry in the Resident Evil series will see the franchise getting a comprehensive makeover, Capcom has revealed.

Masachika Kawata, currently producer of Resident Evil: Raccoon City, told Spanish site MarcaPlayer (as translated by Rely on Horror) that Resident Evil 6 will bare precious few similarities to Resident Evil 5.

"The series will see a complete renovation with the next entry on every level," he promised. "But we can't forget about all the previous entries that have led to the creation of many possibilities for the franchise.

"I can't say if we're going to make it survival horror or a shooter, but I can say that it'll be totally new."

Resident Evil 5 launched on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2009, picking up a muted 7/10 from Eurogamer.

"Bereft of puzzle and exploration, Capcom has instead pointed both barrels at the action element in the hope that the masses will warm to it," wrote Kristan Reed.

"Thanks to the game's stubborn loyalty to stop-and-shoot, the result is distinctive, but with suspect partner AI to contend with, this is a game that only truly comes into its own with a friend who's up for a challenge."

Capcom has made no formal announcement regarding when we see might Resident Evil 6, or on what platform it might appear, though it does have a raft of confirmed franchise titles in the works.

The 3DS is getting Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations, while PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are due Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. On top of all that, HD versions of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica are heading to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade later this year.

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