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Capcom Warned Staff: "At This Rate, We'll Be Left Behind"

If you hadn't already guessed, Capcom's Deep Down is an effort to push West...again.

Capcom executive corporate officer and director Katsuhiko Ichii told Famitsu (as cited by DualShockers) that initially, the idea for their new IP "bubbled up" when they were checking out the impressive PlayStation 4 hardware.

And as for the game's new Panta Rhei engine, which has gotten plenty pf press, Ichii had this to say:

"Working on new hardware is a commitment, and has become a considerable investment (laughs). However, we’re Capcom, so we should always compete at the top level on a global scale. At E3 last year I felt there was an amazing increase in quality between the titles by European and American developers. To be honest, I felt very impatient. It was enough to gather the staff during E3 in an emergency meeting to tell them 'We’re in trouble, at this rate we’ll be left behind' (laughs)."

Um, yes, you will be left behind if you haven't already. And I'm not sure it's something to laugh about, either. However, although I personally don't care about Deep Down as it's basically an MMO, it is bound to appeal to a great many Western gamers. And hey, it could turn out to be pretty damn good, too. And at the very least, Capcom is trying to close that gap between American/European and Japanese productions. "A" for effort...?

Related Game(s): Deep Down

Tags: deep down, capcom, ps4, playstation 4, panta rhei engine

8/12/2013 9:32:16 PM Ben Dutka

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Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 10:50:23 PM

Nope, this is a massive mistake. The MMO crowd is fickle and most of them have already fallen into a game they love. What can DD do that's different when it's just another Japanese production trying to cater to westerners? I foresee giant financial losses.

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Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 11:10:38 PM

I wholeheartedly agree. Most people I know that play MMOs (granted, it's only a few people) won't even take a second look away from their personal favorite.

However, if this was a game akin to Skyrim or The Witcher, those same people would raise an eyebrow with interests piqued. As would I. I was sorely disappointed to learn this game is an MMO, as I was hoping it was the first PS4 RPG experience.

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Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 11:28:35 PM

imo, Capcom got left behind a long time ago.

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Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 11:49:32 PM

Breath of Fire, DMC 3 and the like. Bring some awesomeness like these games and you won't get "left behind" and I'll stop calling you Crapcom...

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 12:40:33 AM

Gimme Resident evil 7 staring an old Barry Burton with 1 round in his colt python,1970's style zombies in a creepy mountain resort(obviously with an underground facility)20 hour campaign with puzzles....and i'll forgive ya capcom!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 1:38:43 AM

Meh ill wait for more official info.. no one (i.e Capcom) never officially said that its an MMO.. it could be just a single player game with online features/play (i.e soul sacrifice or demon souls or even white knight chronicles/monster hunter/phantasy star online)

and not a full fledged FFXIV or everquest type of open world MMO

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 10:23:43 AM

It has been confirmed that you have to be online to play it. Even Demon's Souls/Dark Souls never required that.

Anything that's always online is an MMO to me.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 3:25:58 PM

That's old fashioned thinking, Ben. That appears to be the trend for this coming generation, of always connected games. And to be honest, that's an interesting way for AAA to stay relevant. If you want to play old school games, either play those old games, or find someone who fills that niche in the indie scene. I wouldn't be surprised if by 2015/2016 almost all the big titles require online access to play.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 1:55:53 AM

Tell you what, Capcom. You give me Megaman X9, or a new GOOD Megaman series on consoles, then we'll talk.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 2:56:18 AM

Japanese game developers are being left behind, because they chose to westernise their games.

They should have stuck to their roots. There is plenty of room in the market for Japanese style games, and I miss them deeply.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 4:26:32 AM

If they mean left behind from a technological standpoint, I don't necessarily agree. I still think the MT Framework creates gorgeous games. Conceptually speaking, on the other hand, I think the mere fact that they're abandoning what made them is proof positive. Deep Down as an MMO is stupid considering what they started with Dragon's Dogma. A connected RPG wouldn't be too far outside of their comfort zone, but an MMO is a freaking joke.
Doesn't help the direction that they've taken Resident Evil, or the fact that most people were biased against DmC from the outset...
Then the idea of making Dead Rising 3 an XBO exclusive... they're all completely bonkers.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 9:54:17 AM

Onimusha 5 or reboot.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 11:53:05 AM

Mmo , what a shame , whished it would be somewhat like dragon dogma or demon/dark souls .

A game like that would just be amazing with those graphics .

With it being an mmo and all , there is just no way it will look like what we saw at e3 WHAT A SHAME .

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 12:01:44 AM

i personally thought it was promising.i wud consider getting it and i thought it wud be a paid game like $60

happy gamming =)

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