Capcom is not traditionally known for letting its prized properties sit around collecting dust, but it’s been a long, long time since the company has done much of anything with Darkstalkers. Sure, Morrigan, Hsien-Ko and Felicia all appear in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (and, of course, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3), but what about the rest of the groovy, ghoulish gang?
As it turns out, they’re all coming back – not in a new game (well, not yet anyway), but in a new collection titled Darkstalkers Resurrection. The only downside? It won’t be out in time for Halloween.
Darkstalkers Resurrection very much follows in the footsteps of the recently released Marvel vs. Capcom: Origins (in which, it must be pointed out, Morrigan makes an appearance). Like Origins, Resurrection contains two complete arcade games – in this case, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. Like Origins, Resurrection will be released for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, where it will retail for $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points. And like Origins, Resurrection will have plenty of bonus content for players to unlock.
Check out the full list of Darkstalkers Resurrections features below, straight from our friends at Capcom.
VARIETY OF GAMEPLAY: Offers both the one-on-one gameplay of Marvel Super Heroes with its unique Infinity Gem system and the two-on-two carnage of the original Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, featuring a tag system, assists, and the wild Duo Team Attack.
ONLINE PLAY: GGPO-netcode enabled play with adjustable settings allows for smooth online matches.
SPECTATOR MODE: Fighters battling to be on top can check out and discuss the competition while waiting their turn to upset the current winner.
HD GRAPHICAL OPTIONS: Tailor the look of the game with customizable graphical upgrades, including smooth widescreen for a more contemporary feel. Or, travel back to the ‘90s with a variety of arcade cabinet mode options, such as an old school over-the-shoulder view.
DYNAMIC CHALLENGES AND UNLOCKABLE VAULT: Players can test their skills while fighting others by accomplishing challenges which unlock achievements and earn points. The points can be traded in to unlock new content such as artwork, movies, and hidden characters.
REPLAY SAVING: Players can re-live their matches through local replay saving.
Making a new Darkstalkers game has been a longtime goal of Yoshinori Ono, Producer of (among other games) Super Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter X Tekken. Earlier this year, Capcom registered a Darkstalkers trademark, and it’s unclear whether that trademark relates to Resurrection… or something else. Speaking with Joystiq, Capcom Producer Derek Neal suggests that that the future may be bright for the resurrected Darkstalkers franchise.
“Ono has a dream of revitalizing the Darkstalkers franchise, and this is the first step to get there. [Ono] wants Darkstalkers 4.“
What about you, Ranters? Would you welcome a Darkstalkers 4? Are you looking forward to Darkstalkers Resurrection? Let us know in the comments below.
Darkstalkers Resurrection releases in early 2013 for Xbox 360 and PS3.
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