Do you remember Dino Crisis
? We haven't seen a game in these franchises from Capcom in several years now, but they are considered the two best selling brands in Capcom's portfolio. However, with the dormancy of the titles in mind, one would logically presume that the idea of wielding blades and escaping from dinosaurs had been put to bed (something Spielberg should have done after Jurassic Park 2), but that might not be the case.
Speaking to IGN
, Capcom's VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development Christian Svensson says that they haven't yet called time on these franchises.
Svensson explained first, the decision to put Onimusha
on a hiatus:
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 per cent of the prior - the brand doesn't right now have quite the resilience that you might think.
While Onimusha 1 and Onimusha 2 are among our more successful titles, Onimusha 3 and Onimusha Dawn of Dreams, not so much.
He admitted that ideas were 'certainly' discussed at Capcom regarding the series but admitted that for it to return, there would need to be a 'Eureka!' moment, and no-one currently has an 'idea of how to get the game back up to three or four million units'.
But what of Dino Crisis
last seen running riot on a dismal original Xbox outing around 2003?
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.
It would seem the apathy in house at Capcom is greater with the latter of their most successful franchises, but Svensson didn't rule it out entirely noting that 'someone may cook up an idea' but adding that there was no 'fire from R&D yet'.