It's no secret that Capcom has been all about the western co-productions this generation. Bionic Commando (opens in new tab). Dark Void (opens in new tab). Dead Rising 2 (opens in new tab). Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (opens in new tab). The upcoming Lost Planet 3 (opens in new tab), Remember Me (opens in new tab) and DmC (opens in new tab). 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 (opens in new tab)? Mega Man (opens in new tab)? Street Fighter (opens in new tab) maybe? At a recent DmC hands-on day (the very day which produced our latest hands-on (opens in new tab)), we asked Hideaki Itsuno, Director of Devil May Cry (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.