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Resident Evil Producers ‘Stoked’ About VR, Requested VR Mansion for Remake

Virtual reality (VR) is yet to see integration with many of the videogame industry’s biggest franchises. Few of those series seem as good a fit for the technology as the Resident Evil videogames. It would appear that the minds behind the two upcoming entries in the franchise, a HD update of the remake of the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Revelations 2, agree on that matter.

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Both remake producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi and Resident Evil: Revaltions 2 producer Michiteru Okabe said as much while recently speaking with Game Informer.

“I’m really stoked about the idea of virtual reality,” Hirabayashi said when asked about VR and Resident Evil. “I actually said to the team recently ‘hey can you set up the mansion itself so we can walk through with the VR helment’ And they told me to take a long walk off a short pier. If we could do a remake of the remake of the remake then we need to make that virtual reality.”

“Speaking personally, I’m really excited about VR,” Okabe also revealed. “I think it makes sense having gone from 2D to 3D, now it’s time to surround yourself in these worlds instead of just having a screen in front of you. It makes sense. The technology is there, there’s going to be some compelling stuff coming out on that no doubt. It makes sense for a lot of game genres, I think it makes a special kind of sense for horror games where immersion is more important than perhaps in other genres. I think we should most definitely start thinking about what we could do with that kind of technology in the future. I think it makes perfect sense.”

Despite both titles heading to both PC and PlayStation 4, neither one has been confirmed for support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) or Project Morpheus HMD respectively. Given these comments, it’s doubtful that either one will see support, although it certainly sounds as if future iterations of the franchise could come to the HMDs if they prove popular. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR compatible titles, reporting back with the latest.