Capcom Still Has Samurai’s and Dinosaurs on the Mind

on October 19, 2010 10:30 PM

Capcom Still Has Samurai's and Dinosaurs on the Mind

People who are familiar with Capcom’s earlier games or just gaming in the 90’s and early 2000’s will most likely remember these two classic franchises: Onimusha and Dino Crisis. With new releases for these franchises in the distant past, people have been wondering what exactly is going on with them. Are they sacked for life? Have they been lost in the void of zombies and warfare? According to this interview with IGN, Capcom still has these games on their mind, and they’re hoping to bring them back. The only catch is, they’re waiting for the right “AH-HA!” moment to do so.

During this interview, Capcom’s VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development Christian Svensson has stated that the long-standing gaming company hasn’t given up on these franchises and are simply looking into options to make sure they can make a game that suites “modern day gamers.” Read on after the jump to learn more!

Where talking about Onimusha he had this to say,

Onimusha is tricky in particular given how Japanese-focused the franchise has been…When you look at the timing and sales trend of how Onimusha has gone each outing – I won’t give you the exact numbers, but let’s just say every outing subsequently has been about 60% of the prior – the brand doesn’t right now have quite the resilience that you might think…While Onimusha 1 and Onimusha 2 are among our more successful titles, Onimusha 3 and Onimusha Dawn of Dreams, not so much.”

But that doesn’t mean something else can’t be in the works. Svensson has pointed out that out with a simple, “You may see some things of the brand pop up in the future, I can’t say what, but there are certainly discussions about it.” Now when it comes to Dino Crisis,

Dino Crisis 3 I think is where it went off the rails if I recall. Dino Crisis‘ success really was an out cropping of Resident Evil 1 and 2…There are discussions, Dino Crisis comes up from time to time, but there isn’t any burning desire from R&D or the business side to light that franchise back up again.”

In short, since both franchises kind of petered out due to their latest installments not being the most loved in both series, Capcom wants to make sure that if they bring them back, they’ll hold enough awesomeness to stand up to today’s games. So now it’s just wait and see until either some new Onimusha and Crisis games come out, or Capcom decides to just cap them. Let’s hope it’s the former.

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Being a gamer since the age of 6 (thanks to my parents), a desire to pursue a career in the gaming industry has been my passion ever since I laid my hands on Sonic the Hedgehog. Some of my favorite games include Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, Duke Nukem 3D, Final Fantasy 6, Killer7 and both the Devil May Cry and Resident Evil series.
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