Capcom certainly has ambitious plans for their fledgling zombie franchise, Dead Rising, with head of global research and development Keiji Inafune voicing hope that Dead Rising will replace Resident Evil as the company’s number one zombie series.
“The goal for Dead Rising 2 is to replace the Resident Evil franchise and become number one IP within Capcom,” said Inafune in an interview with Eurogamer. “As a creator, the sales and marketing part aside, unless you have a big goal to strive for you can’t create a good game.”
My initial reaction is that Dead Rising, though a hell of a lot of fun, is just too silly to ever claim the undead crown from Resident Evil, but then again we’re talking about a series where members of elite police squads fight the surging tide of walking dead in miniskirts. Both are silly, but Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami’s brand of silly has sold more than 40 million games spread over 63 titles and counting, and that’s not even touching all the novels, comics and movies. Meanwhile, Dead Rising tips the scales at all of two games, three if you count Case Zero, the Xbox Live Arcade-exclusive prequel. If there’s one thing zombies have taught us, it’s that there’s strength in numbers.