The key quote from Simon Jeffery (President of Sega of America) when talking about hardcore gaming on the Wii is: "Resident Evil 5 (he pauses and thinks for a moment) when that happens on the Wii it's going to help." He then goes on to talk about Madworld.
How much faith can you have in a quote like this? It's difficult to say since he is from Sega and how much could he actually know about RE5 coming to the Wii? The other side of the coin is that Dead Rising was just announced for the Wii after Capcom said that it would be impossible to port the game over. I don't need to tell you that RE5 looks almost exactly the same as RE4 just in HD with better textures/lighting and Africa as the backdrop. If you've seen the E3 demo preview of the game, you'll see that it still has the same animations for the enemies and even for the main characters you control. It looks the same, pure and simple.
I'd say that Capcom would have an even easier time porting over Resident Evil 5 to the Wii than porting over Dead Rising; but since they are changing Dead Rising a bit to suite the Wii, why can't they do the same with RE5 if they need to?
I'm betting we'll see Resident Evil 5 Wii Edition about 8-10 months after the release of the game on Xbox 360 and PS3. Dead Rising says yes and profit says yes also.....
Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development of Capcom had this to say when asked about the Resident Evil 5 Wii slip up:
"Simon's a friend of mine... but I don't think I've spoken to him about anything like that.No comment beyond that really. Interesting clip that slip aside though. Simon's a really smart guy. I have a lot of respect for his work at Sega and his prior work at Lucasarts."
Hey guys I don't know about you but that is looking like a very strong hint that RE5 is in development for the Wii. That is definitely not a denial, and usually when Sven talks like that it means something is happening concerning that subject (for the Wii in this case) and he can't say anymore about it or it will interfere with Capcom's future plans. If Resident Evil 5 was announced right now for the Wii, how many sales would that take away from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions which are almost finished? From a business standpoint I can understand if Capcom plays it quiet until after those versions are released, and then they may announce RE5 for the Wii.
There's a light at the end of the tunnel it seems....