Capcom’s 2019 Annual Report Suggests Dormant Franchises Will Be Revived
The company’s latest report might be indicative of what lies ahead.
By Jay Gervais
Capcom’s recent 2019 Annual Report might offer us some clues of the company’s future in the years ahead. Unsurprisingly, the report boasts the strong success of the recent Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5, along with another title in one of their flagship brands, Monster Hunter: World. The success and sale figures of the former two might help explain why Capcom is very interested in the revival of other dormant intellectual properties. Let’s take a further look into this.
Page 80 of the report notes, “Our initiatives are to (1) strengthen digital sales, (2) bolster our title lineup through the full-scale execution of our 60-month and 52-week maps and (3) awaken dormant intellectual properties.”
The latter statement is probably the noteworthy point for most, as this could lead to a number of implications. We could easily list off many titles that would fit this description, such as Dino Crisis, Onimusha, Dead Rising, Breath of Fire, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, and many more. Among us horror fans, Dino Crisis is one of the more notable choices of the bunch, as that series hasn’t received a new title since 2003 with the release of the rather unpopular Dino Crisis 3.
In any case, whether these dormant titles take the form of a continuation or remake remains to be seen, but if the enormous success of Resident Evil 2 is any indication, our bet is Capcom might be looking to reboot some titles it has perhaps had on the backburner for quite some time. According to the report, Resident Evil 2 sold more than 4.2 million units as of March 31st, 2019, with that number crossing the 4.5 million mark over the summer. It also seems very likely a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake is in order and probably in some type of early stage of development.
Until any official word is received, all we can do at this point is merely speculate on what Capcom’s intentions are. As always, you can depend on Dead Entertainment to keep you apprised of the latest updates regarding any of this!