When I heard that someone had come forward to make the claim that Slant Six is making its best game yet with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, I couldn’t stop laughing about it. The development team that brought you the ultimate disaster of a SOCOM title on the PlayStation 3 known as Confrontation and also developed SOCOM titles for the PSP is on the verge of releasing its best game to date. By now you’ve probably realized that for Slant Six to deliver its best game to date shouldn’t exactly be too hard considering how mediocre its titles to date have been.
However, Capcom’s producer Masachika Kawata, honestly believes that Slant Six is turning a corner with this title and that it will be its best title yet due to Capcom’s heavy involvement.
“I’ve played their previous games,” producer Masachika Kawata told Eurogamer. “One thing I feel from them is as they iterate they always increase their quality. Their games get better and better and better as time goes on. I really like the PSP versions of SOCOM as well. They were received favourably.
“The game they’re working on right now, I’m confident when it comes out everybody’s going to say, ‘Yep, this is the best game they’ve ever worked on.'”
We’d hope by now, they’d have development figured out by now in being able to produce a solid title worth keeping around, but I’m still skeptical that Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will find the bargain bin quicker than most.
“Certainly you look at their early games and you see areas where improvement could be made,” Kawata said, “but every time they make a sequel they increase the quality of their games. That’s something in Capcom we value, being able to improve and constantly iterate and increase the quality of your games. And they definitely do that.
“The other great thing about working with Slant 6 is it is a true collaboration. We’re not just telling them, ‘Go ahead and make this,’ and they’re not just making whatever they want, either.
“We’re really working together, with Yasuhiro Seto [Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles] as the director. We’ve also got artists on our side who are involved deeply in some of the decisions.
“It’s wonderful to have that collaborative atmosphere. It’s a true partnership and that’s in the end going to be a big plus to the quality.”
What do you guys think? Do you think Slant Six finally has something going or are you guys as concerned as I am?