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Capcom: Our new ideas are only coming from Japan. West will rework old games, try not to whore them

So, a slice of good news, and a slice of potentially good news from Capcom today. It's no secret that the House 'o Wiley has had some mixed results from its initiative to branch out into western development, scoring winners ("Hello, Dead Rising 2") and absolute clunkers ("Screw you, Bionic Commando") in equal measure. The current plan? Don't trust the west with new IP. Sounds like a bit of a harsh reaction, admittedly, but then you remember that Dark Void exists and all becomes clear.

Silver linings are (potentially) two-fold though. With the focus taken away from the west, it now transpires that Capcom Japan might finally be about to drop some more original ideas on us. Remember them? I used to like Capcom's original ideas, and I miss seeing new ones. Also, the way in which the west is to treat old IP could turn out to be pretty damn exciting in the future. Could also be terrible, but hey, the potential is there.

Speaking at GDC last week, Capcom US Vice-President Christian Svennson spake thusly on the subject of IP and its comparitive newness:

"When I say no more new IP, I mean no new IP in the West. I think you will see us actually taking some major new IP risks"

"Major"? "Risks"? Why, this sounds borderline experimental. I've previously moaned at length about Capcom's recent loss of vitality. It's been one of my favourite third-party developers since the days of the NES, but lately seems to have fallen into the same trap of tried-and-tested safe bets as everyone else. A push for new ideas from its core Japanese teams is exactly what it needs, particularly in the wake of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's departure. It should hopefully do a great deal to stop me moaning about this, too.

As for what the west will be doing, Svennson was good enough to detail this:

"The remit at the moment is still to leverage existing classic Capcom brands - I think you see that in bigger ways than perhaps you've seen from us before. New IP for the near term? No go.

"We have loads of things which we're still noodling which we haven't touched in years and years and years. We really still think there's value in trying some stuff with them. Obviously we're heavily reliant right now on a narrower range of core brands."

Franchise-whoring then, Chris?

"We're looking at ways to not over-saturate the market with them. I think that care has to be taken to avoid brand fatigue."

Phew, had me going there for a minute. Carry on then, sir. Here's a quick tip though. If you intend to avoid over-saturation by bringing back brands we haven't seen in years, may I suggest you start with Ghouls 'n' Ghosts, Strider, Viewtiful Joe and Power Stone? That'd be grand. Full disc release or download, either is good. Just don't balls 'em up.

Any of you lot have any other suggestions?

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

March 11th, 2011

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19 comments

  • crumbdunky - March 15, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    Dino Crisis. That is all. Current gen looks and physics and dinos but with more than a handful of the old school "desperately trying not to pee Ourselves at the sausage fingered controls" kind of thing-but done, natch, without the idiocy TN put into Other M's control "scheme" for Ninty. Not crappy controls for their own sake a la RE5 but controls(like the ones which worked in AITD-bad game but good control ideas for a new DC game with stuff like swinging analogues to swing chairs etc). Make us, like with DC1 and 2(we don't mention that OTHER DC game)feel nar helples against the meaty meat eaters after our bits and bobs, evoke the feeling the old crap controls did but do it in a modern wayt and we're on a winner all round and true a survival horror can come back from the, admittedly fine, Dead Space/RE4 action shaped hole it's currently sharing with actual action games.Oh, and fewer key effin cards this time too! If they could even make it feel lke a scarier MH that you HAD to play alone they'd be nearly there-DC was always best played alone for the jumps. That said, shooting while moving "a bit" would woprk, no? Esp while backing off from a T-Rex, no? VJ would, course, be a nice return too.
  • Jasman - March 14, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    Oni-frickin-Musha. That is all.
  • KingOfFighters - March 12, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    Bring back the Rival Schools franchise, and perhaps a Captain Commando remake while your at it. Wouldn't mind smashing someone clear across the screen with Shoma again. Or putting the hurt on some goons in a good ol' fashioned side scroller.
  • jmcgrotty - March 12, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    "Full disc release or download, either is good" No, no, no. Please retract this statement immediately! This might give the companies the false impression that downloadable games are acceptable. And they aren't. Don't support that crap!
  • phoenix_wings - March 12, 2011 5:09 a.m.

    Hmmm....If Slant Six is potentially working on a Resident Evil game, that would mean that it might be a remake? Too many potentials, and so much potential.
  • Dlinedj09 - March 11, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    PS3 Monster Hunter.....? No.... I guess I can keep dreaming.
  • justinbanda - March 11, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    This is great news. Capcom is one of the best third-party publishers in the industry, and these are the people whose previous "new IPs" included Devil May Cry, Mega Man, Okami, Resident Evil, and Street Fighter. Spoiler alert: I think we'll be okay.
  • Arucard04 - March 11, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Bionic Commando was actually pretty good....
  • soranamineforever - March 11, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    Right now, I don't paticulary care what these Western developers do to any other franchise; just please, PLEASE don't fuck up DmC, Ninja Theory.
  • Shagnasty - March 11, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    At one point, I'm pretty sure I owned 4 of the Viewtiful Joe games, but never played them ;__;. I'd love to see a combo pack with 1 & 2. I think those were the better ones.
  • SonicX_89 - March 11, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    New Viewtiful Joe & Power Stone games would one of the greatest thing ever (next to a new Jet Set Radio game that is).
  • Vulneratus - March 11, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    Old skool Resi!!! Old skool Resi!! Preferably from the school they knocked down so they could build the Old School. Yeah, I'm talkin that Old Skool.
  • shawksta - March 11, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    Yes,Japan is making the new ones,just recently in January we got a new IP that was made by the developer of ace attorney, it was called Ghost Trick(awesome game btw you should play it) Since clover studios is dead I would love to see them make viewtiful Joe 3, and a G'NG would be nice,after all Joe and Arthur made an epic appearance in MvC3
  • JamesT - March 11, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    If DmC and the already mentioned Bionic Commando are any indication of what reworking old IPs means I think I'll pass.
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - March 11, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    I'd settle for not locking finished content on the disks we have already paid for Capcom. Wishful thinking most likely though.
  • FETALJUICE - March 11, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Make a new Strider Hiryu game. Its been FOREVER!
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - March 11, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    A new Resident Evil please, Capcom, as soon as you can. Thanks.
  • NightCrawler_358 - March 11, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    I want more 2.5D sidescrollers from Capcom, with the likes of Viewtiful Joe, Ghosts N Ghouls and Mega Man, all with bright vibrant colors... in multiplayer. Seeing a game like New Super Mario Bros Wii but as Mega Man, that would be amazing to me.
  • KidKatana - March 11, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    Console sequel to Okami please. I can't believe you didn't mention that in this article. This is gamesradar, right?

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