[VIDEO] Resident Evil Producer, Hiroyuki Kobayashi Reflects on the Game’s 20th Anniversary

Posted on by HB Duran

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi is a producer for Capcom who, 20 years ago, joined a team of about 100 developers who were working on a game unlike any that had been created before. Although some developers didn’t agree on everything, since this type of gameplay was unprecedented, the end result would be Resident Evil; the most iconic zombie game of all time.

“Opinions often clashed as we were making something very unlike previous games, but even at cross-purposes, the team worked hard and pulled together.” – Hiroyuki Kobayashi

Since the successful game launch in 1996, Kobayashi has been involved in many of the games, as well as most of the movie adaptations. In celebration of Resident Evil‘s 20th Anniversary, Capcom will be releasing a number of developer diary interviews to give fans insight into what brought this series to life.

The first developer interview is with Hiroyuki Kobayashi (don’t forget to turn on closed captioning if you don’t speak Japanese):

Did you know? The genre “survival horror” was invented by the Capcom PR team to promote Resident Evil!

Capcom is very proud of their accomplishments to date, but above all else, acknowledges the fans in this anniversary celebration.

“The anniversary celebrations will continue over the next year and the team is already hard at work to deliver some amazing new surprises,” Capcom told us. “Stay tuned to our channels throughout the year for more news on what the team has in store. Capcom would also like to take this opportunity to thank our media partners, gamers and the fans that have shown their passion and support for the Resident Evil titles over the last 20 years. There’s no doubt that the continued success of the series is all because of you.”

Keep it here as we gear up for Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 for next-gen consoles and we wait with bated breath for news on the Resident Evil 2 HD Remake! More developer interviews coming soon.
HB Duran
VGNS Founder, HB Duran is a gamer, artist, musician and occasional game dev. From early forays into all-night NES sessions, her career has blossomed into working as a game industry journalist, artist, QA tester and consultant. “HB” plays a variety of game genres and platforms, but is best known for her love of Silent Hill.

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