A long time ago Capcom released an absolutely awesome game named Dino Crisis. It was like Resident Evil… but with dinosaurs making it instantly one of the best games of all time. Some years later they came up with Onimusha, which was like God of War but with samurais and so again was amazing. I’m giving you this little history lesson because you may have noticed that we haven’t seen entries in these franchises for a long time. That’s strange considering they’ve given the publisher a lot of success in the past.
But all hope is not lost; we may well see new entries in both franchises again, Capcom just hasn’t figured out how to do it right yet.
IGN spoke to Capcom VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development Christian Svensson, who revealed: “Onimusha is tricky in particular given how Japanese-focused the franchise has been. When you look at the timing and sales trend of how Onimusha has gone each outing – I won’t give you the exact numbers, but let’s just say every outing subsequently has been about 60% of the prior – the brand doesn’t right now have quite the resilience that you might think.”
This meant that while the first two Onimusha games were successful, the following two sequels didn’t fare quite as well, “For the time being I think it’s in percolate mode, that is to say, it’s not forgotten internally, there are discussions that go on, but I don’t think anyone has sort has come up with the ‘that’s it’ idea of how to get the game back up to 3 or 4 million units.”
He then moved onto Dino Crisis, saying: “Dino Crisis 3 I think is where it went off the rails if I recall. Dino Crisis’ success really was an out cropping of Resident Evil 1 and 2. There are discussions, Dino Crisis comes up from time to time, but there isn’t any burning desire from R&D or the business side to light that franchise back up again.”
Dino Crisis saw it’s last entry on the original Xbox, which didn’t go down too well with critics. We’d love to see Capcom give another stab at the franchise – both of them in fact – but it doesn’t sound like anything concrete is being planned.