Capcom to ‘awaken dormant IPs’ after ‘indisputable’ success of Devil May Cry 5
Things are looking up for Capcom fans wanting to see more classic franchises return, but will it be Dino Crisis, Onimusha, or something else?
After years in the wilderness, Capcom has had a real turnaround in their fortunes recently, starting with the release of Monster Hunter: World early last year.
Despite being a more than decade old franchise the game finally became a hit in the West, encouraging Capcom to make more titles that weren’t afraid to hide their Japanese origins.
That led to the Resident Evil 2 remake and Devil May Cry 5, which a new financial report (warning: .PDF) has classified as an ‘indisputable success’.
The report goes further though, and says that ‘Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 were both indisputable successes, having been developed in-line with the highly stringent, world-class quality standards that drove the success of Monster Hunter: World.’
By the end of Capcom’s financial year in March 2019 (so it will have sold even more by now) Resident Evil 2 had sold 4.2 million copies, while Devil May Cry 5 sold 2.1 million, with the later described as ‘successfully re-establishing the series’.
The most exciting bit for fans though is Capcom’s three-point plan for the future, which is to 1. strengthen digital sales, 2. increase the length of support for existing titles, and 3. ‘awaken dormant intellectual properties’.
Although no names are mentioned another part of the report also mentions promoting ‘utilisation of dormant IP and remakes’.
Capcom currently does not have any major releases scheduled for this year or next, just a few Mega Man re-releases and compilations. So clearly they’ve got some major announcements waiting in the wings, with a remake of PlayStation 1 game Resident Evil 3 now almost a certainty – not to mention Resident Evil 8.
But Resident Evil isn’t a dormant franchise, thankfully, so what else are they thinking of doing? Onimusha is perhaps the most obvious guess, as it recently had a remaster, presumably to gauge current interest in what was, at one time, one of Capcom’s biggest sellers.
Dino Crisis is another popular guess, given how well it’d fit the Resident Evil 2 remake formula – even if it’s only the first game in the series that was ever really popular.
Beyond that it could be almost anything, from Bionic Commando to Viewtiful Joe, Okami, Dragon’s Dogma, Breath Of Fire, Strider, Ghosts ‘N Goblins, Final Fight, and dozens of others (although we admit we’re kind of hoping we’ve seen the last of Dead Rising).
Marvel Vs. Capcom is also fairly likely, as there have been rumours of Capcom attempting to make a proper Marvel Vs. Capcom 4, and sweeping Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite under the carpet.
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