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Capcom considering resting some of its prolific franchises

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • March 11, 2011 at 11:27 a.m. PST
Capcom considering resting some of its prolific franchises Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz, Capcom vice president, Christian Svensson, said that they're considering resting some of the franchises they've been churning out recently.

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, as Svensson has made comments in the past about not over saturating the market and having their products cannibalize each other.

Here's a quote from the article.

"We have loads of things which we're still noodling which we haven't touched in years and years and years," Christian Svensson, Capcom's US vice president, told GamesIndustry. "We really still think there's value in trying some stuff with them. Obviously we're heavily reliant right now on a narrower range of core brands. We're looking at ways to not over-saturate the market with them.

"I think that care has to be taken to avoid brand fatigue. Not to name names, I think some people are better or worse at that. We have some concerns internally about, are we doing too much of something?"

Svensson concluded: "You may see some other stuff, which we've been quite prolific with, take a little rest for a while whilst we update some stuff that hasn't been looked at for a while."

With Street Fighter X Tekken and Street Fighter 3 Third Strike Online Edition on the horizon, plus DLC for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and more than likely Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Capcom still has plenty of immediate plans for their line of fighting games.

What exactly these intentions will or won't mean for Capcom's future fighting games remains to be seen, but it sounds like they want to avoid having too many of their products in the one genre occupying the market space at the same time.

Other source: VideoGamer.com.

Comments

Weaponx said on March 11, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

no Darkstalkers or Powerstone..its all good tho. Im happy with MvsC3 and SSFIV.

#1
DarknessFallz said on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.

I hope they let classic megaman and the x series rest for a bit. They need to get a seriously good rebooting so I hope they take their time and do it right after a few years.

#2
Hakansoilbarrel said on March 11, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.

(By rest do you mean reboot Mega Man for the Nth time?)

#3
peroxcide said on March 11, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.

u know i have to give it 2 capcom they are really bustin there ass this year 2 bring out what the fans want.ssf4ae mvc3 dlc sf3rd strick online and sfvtk. i mean what other gaming company does that?........ thats right none! gotta love capcom.

#4
Model_M said on March 11, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.

@2 The X series hasn't been active since 05 bro. It's been resting long enough.

#5
alfarin said on March 11, 2011 at 11:51 a.m.

Wouldn't be surprised if SF takes a break after SFxT and Darkstalkers gets a shot

#6
EDGEucator said on March 11, 2011 at 11:54 a.m.

Now maybe we can get some Megaman games :p

#7
cvs said on March 11, 2011 at 11:54 a.m.

It's time to put that old dog called street fighter down.

#8
Weaponx said on March 11, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.

@ alfarin, yea it would be a smart business move. its possible eh.

#9
peroxcide said on March 11, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.

please god let them make another powerstone! drkstalkers can what it just like sf if u asked me but powerstone is powerstone! theres nothin remotly like even 2day and the game was made years ago.

#10
boobee_cakes said on March 11, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.

Sounds like their pretty much saying, No more Dark Void, Bionic Commando(09) and maaaaaaaybe Megaman. I wonder if Inafune's departure has anything to do with the lack of Megaman as of late?

#11
OSM said on March 11, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.

Darkstalkers sounds very likely to happen now.

#12
TeamEHRGEIZ said on March 11, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.

Anyone think he might be talking about Nintendo? Nintendo over-saturates the crap out of Pokemon, in my opinion. They basically release the same game with the same plot, different characters, and a slew of uglier Pokemon with even uglier names. Oh, and I guess now you can play dress-up with your Pokemon, too (How gay is THAT). Heck, I heard that Animal Crossing City folk got dinged for using an old formula, and other games will receive the same criticism. Pokemon's been doing that FOREVER. But Pokemon's turned into such a cult that no one DARES say that one of their games suck. It's pretty sad, really.

Anyways, I hope Capcom brings Power Stone back. They've ignored that series for far too long, and I'm already getting a bit tired of all this Street Fighter stuff.

#13
Weaponx said on March 11, 2011 at 12:15 p.m.

@ OSM Darkstalkers cant happen now, if cacpcom did that they would be cannibalizing each others sales. Believe me I would love to see Dakstalkers now but its SSFIV and MvC3 spotlight this year.

#14
SAMURAI said on March 11, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.

A new Onimusha what I'm waiting for.

#15
triplefierce said on March 11, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.

resident evil should be on the top of the capcom's list of games that could benefit from a hiatus.

#16
J_Hausss said on March 11, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.

o my god they should stop making all street fighter games so mk9 can be the best game and take over and be the best game

#17
Zephyr said on March 11, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.

Power Stone 3, Breath of Fire 6. DO IT CAPCOM!

#18
BlackHart said on March 11, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.

if they're talking about a new Darkstalkers, Onimusha or Powerstone they can shut it.

#19
orderofmerlin said on March 11, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.

what I understand from this is they will probably start up other franchises and cool down a bit on fighting games.

I'm personally looking forward to some more North American Monster Hunter releases.

oh and some Capcom RPGs. Breath of Fire 6 time to reawaken?

#20
mp91 said on March 11, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.

it 's understandable, too bad for ds4, but many of their franchise would deserve a spot in the light and they are so different they wouldn't cannibalize each other
breath of fire 6, final fight, maximo/ghost and goblins and a new megaman fully using the power of the currents console, a captain commando, knight of the round table and dungeons and dragon online would be sweet as well

#21
orderofmerlin said on March 11, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.

I agree with some of 21's sentiments. Haggar was put into MvC3 so maybe we'll see a new Final Fight game. Or a next gen Ghost n Goblins on the xbox/ps3.

#22
Pig_Red said on March 11, 2011 at 12:45 p.m.

I don't want to see a new DarkStalkers game because there's no way Capcom or Dimps could do the series justice. They just don't have the artistic talent to pull off that highly stylized DarkStalkers look.

What I would like to see is a port of Vampire Chronicles with GGPO-quality netcode.

#23
MALDA said on March 11, 2011 at 12:45 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#24
Bynoe said on March 11, 2011 at 12:54 p.m.

1. Put DmC to rest (not the whole Devil May Cry franchise, just that abomination of a game)
2. Revisit Onimusha
3. ????
4. PROFIT!

#25
his1nightmare said on March 11, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.

It obviously means that Capcom will now put some more effort into putting bugs into the more important games.

#26
DudeMeister said on March 11, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.

capcom doesn't want

COMPLETE.

GLOBAL.

SATURATION!!?

#27
Celticlord said on March 11, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.

@27 lol

#28
Nyoro said on March 11, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.

Power Stone 3. Show it to me Capcom.

#29
BlackHart said on March 11, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.

i mean if they're NOT* talking about.

my comment @ 19

#30
MrFystical said on March 11, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.

I'm not buying MvC3 until they patch online play. Show me THAT. :)

#31
kara said on March 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

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#32
Mikeydactyl said on March 11, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.

I'm dieing for my NGP, I seriously have a fund set aside for that damn device. And the sad part is, thats just because I know Monster Hunter is coming to it. :(

More Monster Hunter Capcom! :D

#33
ChunLi said on March 11, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.

If they would make another MMX game, it would have to follow how X4 and X5 were, they were great, wonderful games, followed a coherent storyline and above all...

fun.

It would be nice to see how they drop the milking act and actually develop the story that leads into the end of the Sigma Virus, the start of the Elf Wars, the abduction of Zero's original body and how it ties directly into MegaMan Zero.

THAT, would definitely reboot the MegaMan spirit!

#34
Batsu said on March 11, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.

Thank God! Give SF and Crossover a break! DO DARKSTALKERS 4, NOW!!!

#35
Him said on March 11, 2011 at 2:40 p.m.

After 3s Online,there should be another 6-10 year break from fighting game making and pay attenion to the OTHER franchises and genres. Leave DS4 and other fighting games alone

#36
naters said on March 11, 2011 at 2:53 p.m.

i kinda want to see another viewtiful joe ya know i loved his games i hope they come baaaack

#37
Nep said on March 11, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.

I'm pretty sure that if Darkstalkers 4 came out then millions upon millions of people would buy it.

#38
FREE1UP said on March 11, 2011 at 3:43 p.m.

BRING BACK ONIMUSHA!!!

#39
Annon said on March 11, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.

Breath of Fire or GTFO.
AND NO DRAGON QUARTER OR ANOTHER SH!T SPINOFF CAPCOM!

#40
Audio33 said on March 11, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.

Another Viewtiful Joe would be great.

#41
xShonuffx said on March 11, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.

#38 Depends on how well they promote it. Darkstalkers is not much of a household name like Street Fighter is. It definantly would not beat Street Fighter games at all in sales.

#42
hellmetal789 said on March 11, 2011 at 5:26 p.m.

3rd strike online :o yes please :)

#43
genesiskhan said on March 11, 2011 at 6:36 p.m.

yeah mvc3 and ssf4 is enough for now i guess although powerstone and darkstalkers would be keen but what can u do there right too many fighting games would be a problem especially if both powerstone and darkstalkers came out i wouldnt know what to play theres not enough time to play all even though i would wish for this

#44
Fleeper said on March 11, 2011 at 7:20 p.m.

street fighter alpha 4?

#45
mr_e said on March 12, 2011 at 1:48 a.m.

An Onimusha game & MMX game would be nice. A Powerstone & Breath of Fire game wouldn't hurt. As far as RE is concerned, they main bad guy's dead. I guess that franchise is going to take a break. I love RE, but how can they continue the story w/o the main villian? Also, isn't Capcom working on another DMC game? All in all, we got enough fighting games to last us a while. SSF4(AE), MvC3, SF3 3rd S OE & the SFxT coming out. Let's see what the future has in store for us.

#46
jdigitalseven said on March 12, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.

SF3 seems to always bring about an end everytime. They are probably talking about non fighting games, but it will be tough after all the money they'll lose with sf3 remake...its the cancer of capcom.

#47
EDGEucator said on March 12, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.

@41
Agreed my friend.

#48
Put_Elena_in_SF said on March 12, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.

Hmm... I can see Sven's point about oversaturation, but SF, I think, has the potential to be a madden-like series with yearly updates - patches, characters, and the like, that would potentially dominate the console esports scene. I just hope that, whatever they do, they don't go on a 5+ year hiatus with the sf series.

Also, BoF is a good series I would like to see return. Good rpgs with darker themes (which the bof series has historically had, compared to most other rpgs) are becoming rarer and rarer.

Please put Elena in SF4 before going on a break, though! Please :)

#49
InitialR said on March 13, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.

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