Rumour: Resident Evil 7 is real and will appear at E3 2016

Resident Evil 7 is in development and will make an appearance at the E3 2016 gaming expo next month, according to a gaming industry consultant in Japan.

According to Tokyo-based Dr. Serkan Toto, who is building a reputation for breaking big gaming news, the long-rumoured title will be make a triumphant return to the franchise’s “horror roots.”

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In a pair of tweets posted Tuesday evening, Toto said Capcom has wiped the slate clean, essentially rebooting the series.

He also claimed designer Jordan Amaro, who worked on Metal Gear Solid V and P.T for Kojima Productions, has been brought on board.

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Toto’s impressive track record suggests the information is credible, but until Capcom makes the announcement at E3, we’d treat this as a rumour.

The last game in the series, Resident Evil 6, was released in 2012 and earned a credible 7/10 rating from TrustedReviews.

The lesser-played Nintendo GameCube release Resident Evil 0 HD (pictured) was also re-released back in January and has sold 800,000 copies.

Last summer Capcom also confirmed it is giving the classic 1998 Resident Evil 2 title a full remake, caving to years of demands from gamers.

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