Capcom’s Masachika Kawata has spoken of a possible Resident Evil reboot, potentially in an open-world setting. He made it clear that the concept is very much ephemeral, saying: “A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series,” but that “there is a possibility.”

The Resident Evil: Revelations producer is an eight-year veteran of the franchise, which will celebrate its 17th birthday in March. Recent titles have shifted somewhat from the original survival-horror experience to a more conventional action-horror genre, and last year’s Resident Evil 6 was met with a decidedly mixed response.

Without discussing the lukewarm reception directly, Kawata instead focused on the general direction the franchise is likely to take:

“Moving forward I can see us focusing even more on the horror aspect and fear in the series, and see us making something scarier than we have already.”

For now, fans can look forward to the console release of Kawata’s own Revelations, which originally appeared on the 3DS a year ago. PS3, PC and Wii U owners will get the chance to enjoy the game from May 21st in the US, and May 24th in the UK.