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.
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.