Resident Evil is still heralded as an iconic franchise that popularized the survival horror genre in video games. It added to the strong obsession popular culture has with zombies and spawned a string of movies that have been steady box office earners despite not staying particularly true to the source material.

The game sequels progressively became more and more concentrated on action, moving away from the series roots much to the displeasure of some fans. As a new console generation has ushered in an age of reboots and remasters, Resident Evil is cited as one franchise that needs to be started all over again. Whatever the seventh iteration will be, it looks like an official announcement will come at E3.

As reported by Bloody Disgusting, the CEO of a Tokyo-based game industry consultancy has tweeted out possible information about a Resident Evil 7 reveal next month at video games’ biggest event of the year. According to Dr. Serkan Toto, the title is definitely in development, which is in itself not at all surprising, and that it will be a ‘clean slate’.

Much more interesting is that Toto claims a key new hire to the game’s development team. Jordan Amaro, a designer who has previously worked on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the eventually doomed P.T with Kojima Productions, will apparently be working on Resident Evil 7. Amaro boasts an impressive resume when it comes to action and horror genres, and Capcom has always looked to want to mash the best of both of those worlds together in a Resident Evil universe.

This year sees the franchise celebrate its 20th anniversary, with PS4 and Xbox One owners already having been treated to a return to its origins with remasters of the once GameCube exclusives; Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0. When originally released, the games were praised for their visuals and challenging puzzles with 0 being an unusual prequel featuring leeches that have the ability to create zombies. Celebratory re-releases are far from finished in 2016 though and Capcom has also brought one of the three most recent titles (Resident Evil 6) to PS4 and Xbox One as well. Resident Evil 5 is due Summer 2016 and the pick of the bunch in Resident Evil 4 will make you wait until Fall 2016.

Resident Evil 2 has already been revealed to have a full remake in production and in a recent interview with the game’s producer, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi told Video Gamer he hopes that the spirit of the original will be captured.

“The first game’s remake is held up as proof that a remaster can re-capture the original game and as it so happens, the RE GameCube remake was my first project at Capcom. I was able to learn from more experienced colleagues and see with my own eyes how they translated their efforts into such a masterpiece that built on an already well-received game. It was an incredibly valuable experience for me. Also, Resident Evil 2 was the first Resident Evil I played. Everyone’s experience is different but I remember how it felt to play it for the first time, and the task of bringing that to the fans all over again is a cause of daily headaches for me. Work is progressing on the game and all I can do is ask the fans to wait patiently and excited.”

E3 takes place June 14-16 with a lot of official long-anticipated announcements, including a possible Resident Evil 7 expected to be made.

Source: Bloody Disgusting