Capcom: Onimusha, Dino Crisis Part Of Internal Discussions
They're two of Capcom's most beloved franchises...or at least, they were. The question is whether or not we'll ever see them again.
Fans want to know: what happened to Onimusha and Dino Crisis? Will they ever come back? Well, Capcom VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development Christian Svennson told IGN that the franchises aren't dead; the company is just trying to figure out how to bring them back for "modern day gamers." Said Svensson:
"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."
He pointed out that while the first two Onimusha titles were very successful; the last two..."not so much." He did admit an announcement might be coming soon, though, as the Onimusha name is "percolating" at the company. As for Dino Crisis, he says it has come up in several discussions but thus far, nobody has figured out a good way to bring it back.
"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. Until there's an internal champion with something incredible, things just sort of sit there."
Svensson added that the the pre-rendered backgrounds and tank controls probably wouldn't go over well today. Well, yeah, we could've told you that. Still, we definitely want to see another Onimusha. Figure it out, Capcom.
10/18/2010 9:03:16 PM Ben Dutka