Initially the game creator Shinji Mikami intended the game to be a full 3D first person shooter. But the limitation of the Playstation hardware resulted in numerous decisions to change the gameplay style in order to maintain what Mikami considered a better experience. This changes led to the fixed camera view style of gameplay and also the use of door loading transitions to allow for the loading of the next scenes. Though Mikami considered the fix camera view less desirable for immersion, the trade off was much more detailed backdrops.
The name of Biohazard was change for the North American release due to licensing and trademark issues. After a internal polling, the name Resident Evil was chosen. Resident, because of the mansion that the first game takes place in. Interesting to note that Resident Evil 7 will be subtitled as Biohazard, looks like they have come full circle. Even with an edited opening sequence, Resident Evil was the first game to get a Mature Rating from the ESRB.
The game upon release was a critical and commercial success. Far out selling Mikami’s original expectation of 200,000 copies. It has since spawned 6 squeals and numerous spin off titles. And from its original Playstation roots to expanding to all other platforms and 6 feature length movies, it has successfully created a legacy that, just like a zombie, will not easily die and will live on.
With the hype surrounding the PSVR (RE7 will be an exclusive VR title), and what we saw at E3, everyone is waiting with their brown pants for what seems so far, to be an incredibly fear inducing experience.