I had this thought on the bus. Since Resident Evil 4 was so successful, 5 and 6 tried to do the same thing, but better. Of course, they didn't do as well, with 6 being regarded as one of, if not the worst in the series. But here's my thought: If Resident Evil 4 failed, and Capcom decided Resident Evil 4 style games didn't work, what would Resident Evil 5 and 6 be like? Would we have the same Resident Evil 7? In my opinion, I think Resident Evil 5 would go back to Resident Evil 1-3 type gameplay. Since 4 made Leon age, I think they would make a new protagonist for each game and throw in returning characters for cameo appearances. I think this same strategy would be used in 6 as well, but people would find the series to be just a rehash of the previous games and lose interest. Then when 7 comes out, they shake things up again and we get the same Resident Evil 7 as we have in the real world. 7 seems to be doing quite well, I know I enjoyed it, so I think Resident Evil 8 will be in the same style as Resident Evil 7. I'd like to know your opinions though. If Resident Evil 4 failed, what would happen to the Resident Evil series as we know it?