Resident Evil VII Director Says Game Was Inspired By... GTA III?

Capcom director Koshi Nakanishi cites Grand Theft Auto III as one of the main sources of inspiration behind Resident Evil VII.

While the link may be confusing to fans of either franchise, Nakanishi explains how GTA III lead to the creation of Resident Evil VII in a recent PlayStation Blog post. "At the time, I had not yet joined Capcom and was pitching a project to an American publisher. I wanted to make a game that expanded on the Tenchu sandbox, but GTA III went way beyond that," writes Nakanishi.

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Nakanishi goes on to say, "I remember thinking ‘how did they make this kind of game on PS2?’ Not only from a gameplay point of view, but also from a technical point of view. In response to the subsequent development of open-world games, I decided to do the exact opposite and make a small, narrow, dense horror game, and Resident Evil 7 was born. In a way, Resident Evil 7 may have been born because of GTA III. Thank you and congratulations on the 20th anniversary of GTA III."

Nakanishi's sentiments were included in an appreciation post for Grand Theft Auto III, celebrating the game's twentieth anniversary. Various developers offered their thoughts on the influential nature of Rockstar Games' iconic open-world experience. Another notable mention is Brain Hasting, Head of Creative Strategy at Insomniac Games, explaining how GTA III lead to a drastic reimagining of Ratchet & Clank's exploration and combat.

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GTA III is about to reach an entirely new audience with the release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition. This bundle collects and remasters Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas, bringing them up to modern gaming standards. The extensive improvements include overhauled controls, quality-of-life tweaks, enhanced textures, upgraded weather effects and a completely rebuilt lighting system with better shadows, reflections and more.

As for Resident Evil VII, the survival-horror game launched in 2017 and instantly won over both fans and critics alike. The title was praised for returning the franchise to its terrifying roots while still innovating in key areas. The seventh game in the series introduced a cast of original characters alongside a first-person camera angle. It's widely considered to be one the best games in the Resident Evil canon.

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Source: PlayStation Blog

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