Resident Evil is evolving, but some fans clearly aren’t

It doesn’t matter what you do as a publishing company, you’ll always make the wrong decision if we’re to believe gamers. They truly are the biggest crybabies on the planet and catering to their needs is a near-impossible task. Reinvent a franchise and you’re being way too liberal with their “baby”. Stick to your roots and people accuse you of money-grabbing because you’re not innovative enough. There’s always something fans will whine and complain about. Take Netflix’s Resident Evil trailer, for example, which was shown to kick off Geeked Week.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, let me show you the trailer that people are losing their shit over:

As you can tell, Netflix’s take on Resident Evil falls in the “let’s get creative” category. Deviating from Welcome to Raccoon City’s approach (which also got torched by fans), the series takes a leap into the future. Umbrella is desperately trying to fix its bad rep and fails horribly doing it. The infamous T-virus just won’t leave the arrogant pharmaceutical company alone and total chaos is once again imminent. Only this time, terror doesn’t strike Raccoon City, the Spencer Mansion, or another recognizable location. And there’s no sign of Leon S. Kennedy, the Redfields, or Jill Valentine. Not even Ashley Graham. It’s got recognizable creatures like zombies and Lickers, but that doesn’t seem to matter. It still got people’s panties in a bunch. People like Miles Quatermass.

“Considering that Capcom has finally put the Resident Evil series back in its rightful place as a beloved franchise, with the reinvention of the games starting with VII, and the stellar remakes of earlier games, it’s a real shame that live-action adaptions continue to fail so spectacularly.

“How difficult is it to give us a show set entirely in the Spencer Mansion, that somewhat follows the storyline of the original game? I’m sure it’d be cheaper, too. Even an adaption of VII or Village would be preferable to whatever this is meant to be.”

And someone going by the name of Tygermite seems to feel the same way.

“I love stories about the zombie apocalypse but I agree that it doesn’t work for Resident Evil. I feel that the horror works way better if you’re surrounded by zombies in a secluded area than the whole world facing the threat.”

Luckily, not everyone thinks that Netflix has fucked it up again. Some people are giving the series the benefit of the doubt, seeing some potential in the setup.

Still, when are we going to not trash every attempt of filmmakers to bring a franchise to the big screen? Welcome to Raccoon City got burned to the ground because the cast didn’t fucking look like Clair and Leon (boo-hoo) and now we’re crying because it doesn’t take place in Raccoon City at all. Can we just agree to judge a series after we’ve watched it, which we can, starting July 14?