In a special investment report; Capcom believes that the backlash against the Resident Evil-series new direction is because the core fan-base has grown too old.
"The longevity of the "Resident Evil" title also comes with problems. The main user group is now in their late-30s to 40s, and the average age is also going up as the series goes on with an increasing possibility that some percentage of the existing users will outgrow games altogether," stated the report.
Capcom felt that a lot of the backlash against Resident Evil 6 has overshadowed its success of selling 5.5 million units (there goal was to sell 6 -7 million units). The report further warned that as the core fan-base grows older they may outgrow their interest in video games.
Resident Evil (known as Biohazard in Japan) established the horror survival genre by having players overcome a series of obstacle with limited resources. However in resent years the series has been more action oriented while abandoning a lot of its core elements. The new direction has been heavily criticized by fans along with game critics.
Capcom hopes to keep the series fresh while attempting to introduce it to a new generation with product placement in fashion magazines, opening theme restaurants and expand more on the Universal Halloween Horror Nights.
The Resident Evil series was created by Shinji Mikami and it established the core elements of the horror survival genre. The games focus on a group trying to survive the aftermath of an out break of the T-Virus (a bioweapon that turns its victims into zombies).