Capcom: There is no franchise we would not entrust to a western developer

It's no secret that Capcom has been all about the western co-productions this generation. Bionic Commando. Dark Void. Dead Rising 2. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. The upcoming Lost Planet 3, Remember Me and DmC. A large proportion of the company's output over the last few years reads like one big pan-hemispheral love-in. A love-in spawning offspring of admittedly variable attractiveness, but one that looks to continute for a good while. 

So is there any of its storied franchses that Capcom deems too precious, too pure, or too fundamentally Capcom to entrust to an external western developer? Resident Evil? Mega Man? Street Fighter maybe? At a recent DmC hands-on day (the very day which produced our latest hands-on), we asked Hideaki Itsuno, Director of Devil May Cry 2, 3 and 4 is there's any franchise Capcom would never hand to the west. His answer?

"No. There's no game that we absolutely would not consider developing in collaboration with another western developer. Especiall because we know that there are other understanding developers like Ninja [Theory] who've worked with us on DmC, who get what we're trying to do." 

So there you have it. Maybe Cliff Bleszinski's offer to "fix" Resident Evil wasn't too wide of the mark at all. If you see him sitting in airport brandishing a pizza any time soon, you'll know why.




  • rxb - November 2, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Interesting, I think he's just mouthing off a bit, to support the descisions already made. Plus those games didnt sell so well. If a proper Street Fighter or Monster Hunter comes to a western dev Im preparing for the apocalypse.
  • ventanger - November 2, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    Brilliant idea: bring in Cliffy B to get his input on how to turn Resident Evil into a drab brown faux-macho cover based shooter, and then do the polar opposite of all of that.
  • taokaka - November 2, 2012 5:59 a.m.

    What are you talking about, capcom trusting any developer with megaman, preposterous! But I think it's safe to say capcom won't be handing over franchises like okami, onimusha, sengoku basara, etc to western developers anytime soon.
  • SentientSquidMachine - November 2, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    At least give someone Onimusha. That franchise has so much potential. I own the first 2, didn't get around to 3, and was scared off by 4. But write a more compelling and interesting story, have an actual final boss, fix the camera angles and my god, what a beauty of a game that would be.
  • CrashmanX - November 2, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    Yes, it'd be far more preposterous than this Please note that is based entirely on first hand experiences with the game. Honestly, the should let some Western Developer try their hand at just about any MM series. Who knows, we may finally get MML3 or MMX9 if it does well enough. Hell if we're REALLY lucky we'll get more MM over all and finishers to all the series.
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 2, 2012 5:52 a.m.

    I agree that the results haven't always been particularly great (Dark Void, Bionic Commando), but Dead Rising 2 turned out to be good, and from what I keep reading on GR and elsewhere DmC looks like it's going to knock it out of the park as well.
  • Zowie - November 2, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    Oh come on, Bionic Commando was hot man
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 5, 2012 1:11 p.m.

  • Zowie - December 29, 2012 4:05 a.m.

    Sorry I mentally shielded myself to ignore that...obscure "plot-point"
  • Zeos - November 2, 2012 5:15 a.m.

    Nice to see a big game company like Capcom show a little faith in us silly Americans. Kudos to Capcom!
  • alex-roy-bristol - November 2, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    Here here! I second that comment my good sir!

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