Capcom’s Resident Evil team is focusing efforts on virtual reality

James Batchelor
Capcom’s Resident Evil team is focusing efforts on virtual reality

One of Capcom's flagship in-house development teams has slowed down game creation in favour of working on technology for virtual reality projects.

Division 1 is the department best known for creating the Resident Evil games, but in Capcom's latest financial report, the publisher reveals the team has a new focus, according toPolygon.

We are focusing our energy on challenging the virtual reality game market,” wrote Division 1's Jun Takeuchi, before adding that VR is the hottest market right now”. The team has even revealed it is currently building a new game development engine able to support VR”.

Takeuchi stressed that this does not mean Division 1 has abandoned games development entirely, adding that VR titles will be created while simultaneously developing titles for current game consoles”.

Head over to Develop for more details.

Precisely a year ago Resident Evil: Revelations 2 producer Michiteru Okabe tbigged up the potential of VR.

"I think it makes sense," the developer said. "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 really compelling stuff coming out on [VR], 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. It makes perfect sense."

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