Capcom has suggested during a new investor relations Q&A that it could revive some of its dormant game series.
Formed in 1983, Capcom has one of the largest libraries of original IP in all of gaming.
However, while blockbuster franchises like Resident Evil continue to receive new iterations as well as remakes of classic games, franchises such as Lost Planet, Power Stone and Okami haven’t seen new entries in many years.
When asked specifically what plans the company has for its dormant IP, Capcom responded: “We are currently putting together plans for our pipeline based on-demand data from the market.”
It continued: “Going forward, we will continue to take customers’ wishes into consideration while devising our title lineup.”
Hideki Kamiya directed Beat ’em up Viewtiful Joe last had a new game in 2005. Darkstalkers, a perenially popular fighting game franchise with hardcore fans hasn’t had a new entry, not including remakes or remasters, since 1997.
In 2020, Capcom announced Pragmata, its first original franchise in a decade.
Pragmata will be Capcom’s first completely new IP made for consoles and released worldwide since 2012’s Dragon’s Dogma (2016’s Megami Meguri was a Japan-only release).
Originally scheduled to be released in 2022, the game was delayed until 2023 in order to ensure the game “to ensure it will be an unforgettable adventure”.
“Our team is hard at work on the project, but to ensure this will be an unforgettable adventure, we’ve decided to shift the release window to 2023,” it said at the time.
Capcom corporate officer Ryozo Tsujimoto told VGC in 2019 that the company is “not giving up” on the idea of creating new original game series, despite its recent focus on core franchises like Monster Hunter and Resident Evil.