That's right, those beloved Capcom franchises that played off the success of Resident Evil are not dead yet, they're just in a bit of limbo. IGN interviewed Capcom VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development Christian Svensson and he talked about the subsequent downfall of Dino Crisis and Onimusha and how they're trying to plan the return of each title to this generation of consoles.
Svensson's thoughts on Onimusha:
"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."
And on 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.
You'd be amazed how many franchises where we're like 'oh that was great, that was amazing,' but the question is how we make that a compelling and contemporary game experience."
And the final thought on whether or not these franchises will be worked on any time soon?
"Someone internally may cook up an idea, but we haven't seen the fire from R&D yet and no one's come up with the idea yet."
I played both franchises at a point in my youth, and I recall enjoying the Onimusha series a little better, mainly because destroying demons and ghosts with swords touched that D&D player inside of me and ancient Japanese culture as a setting for a videogame was pretty new at the time. With Dino Crisis, the novelty of shooting dinosaurs instead of zombies was already enough to make anybody want to try it, the Turok series excluded.
I'm hoping to see these franchises get some new life into them. Considering Capcom announced a Marvel vs. Capcom sequel and how Devil May Cry is getting a reboot of its own, it would be ill-conceived that they wouldn't pursue new incarnations of these franchises.
Would you want to see Onimusha or Dino Crisis get a next-gen makeover?