Shinji Mikami and Keiichiro Toyama star in a video where they talk about fear in the video game.
When we talk about Shinji Mikami , it’s impossible not to remember the Resident Evil franchise . Something similar happens with Keiichiro Toyama , whose name already takes us back to the terrors of Silent Hill . In short, these two creatives have risen as people who know perfectly how to manipulate horror in the video game , and now they have met to talk about their visions in the genre and decisions made in the past.
In a new format released by Bokeh Game Studio , led by Keiichiro Toyama, the developer plans to hold talks to deepen the video game. The first of them has been with the aforementioned Shinji Mikami, who among other reflections has dropped that Resident Evil 4 has not had all the ideas thought up by the creator: “Really, Resident Evil 4 is the game in which I feel that there is less self-essence .”
“Inside me are Mikami the creator and Mikami the producer ,” continues the professional. “When I share ideas, producer Mikami immediately shuts me up. He tells me no one will like that, that I should quit . Over time, you end up having a split personality.” Despite this, Toyama does nothing but applaud Mikami’s work and mentions the impressive rate of sales that he showed.
“When I was doing Forbidden Siren , Resident Evil 4 was released around that time and its numbers were insane ,” recalls Toyama. And, before Mikami’s reply that his game was not pure horror , the author of Silent Hill reflects on what was achieved with those bases: “That may be true, but I thought what you did was incredible. It was new and set the standards of the TPS genre. It was new and it was selling well. I felt a little jealous that I wasn’t able to do something like that .”
Of course, both creatives have left an indelible mark on the industry. As for his current works, we can safely say that Resident Evil 4 is still very popular with the public, as its VR version is already the best seller in the history of Meta Quest . On the other hand, Keiichiro Toyama continues in the horror genre with Bokeh Game Studio and will show that he can still make our hair stand on end with Slitterhead .