Darkstalkers 4? Not happening any time soon. That's the official word from Capcom at the moment, despite a multitude of fan requests and plenty of enthused teasing from Street Fighter Producer Yoshinori Ono. The big C's Christian Svensson has been fielding fan questions on possible further entries to Capcom's current fighting renaissance, and has explained that there's just too much going on at the moment to think about working on anything else.
Though at the same time, he mentioned that Capcom might well be working on something else. When asked on the Capcom Unity boards what the delay was with the much-demanded Darkstalkers 4, Capcom vs. SNK 4 and Darkstalkers HD Remix, Svensson responded thusly:
Above: This is not what Svensson said. Scroll down a bit
"Several reasons (and these go for any "why aren't you developing XYZ fighting game right now")... right now we're focused on Street Fighter X Tekken, SSFIV: 3D Edition, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike Online edition, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and maybe something else somewhere... that's more than enough fighting products for an audience to digest in the near term without overly cannibalizing each other.
"Second, we also only have so many development resources. Not just any team can make a credible fighting game and we have loads of requests for lots of titles that we don't have the resources to make.
"Thirdly, while we listen very closely to fan requests, any product decisions has to overlay positively against strategic objectives and be prioritized against product viability"
Basically, "fighting games take a lot of work and we're making a lot of fighting games so we're well busy. Also, we crushed this market once and don't want to again". But notice the end of that penultimate sentence in his first paragraph? "and maybe something else somewhere..." Svensson is clearly talking in the context of fighting games, but what is he referring to? Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is basically done, so is he referencing an AE upgrade for the home versions via DLC? It seems unlikely, as that too seems pretty much done, on recent unofficial evidence.
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