The legendary Shinji Mikami, creator of the resident evil franchise and one of the founding fathers of modern survival horror is returning to the genre that kick-started his career. Recently Shinji has strayed away from his survival horror roots to work on such titles as Vanquish, Killer 7 and Shadows of the Damned, having had no involvement in the Resident Evil franchise since the fourth instalment.

Now Shinji has announced that the game he is currently working on titled simply “Zwei” (working title)  will be a return to his survival horror roots. Below is the first teaser image for Zwei and is said to not directly represent the game but give us a good idea of the tone and feel that the game will have, presumably dark, classic and atmospheric. Personally the image evokes strong feelings of the classic Resident Evil titles.

I have long been a fan of Shinji’s work outside the Resident Evil series but many of them have been critical darlings rather than commercial successes. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Zwei, the game is currently in development for “High definition systems” and scheduled for release sometime in 2013.