Capcom is reportedly working on a new AAA title that will surprise everyone, but what could it be?

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 5, 2018 at 9:35 a.m. PST

Capcom as a company has had one of the best years in its history in 2018 thanks to the massive success of Monster Hunter World and releases of other titles like the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and Mega Man 11.

2019 is also looking to get off to a strong start for the developer / publisher as both Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 are shaping up to be big AAA titles releasing in the first quarter of the year, and it looks like they may have even more up their sleeve to shake things up once they are out.

Capcom senior producer Jun Takeuchi recently sat down for an interview with Famitsu magazine in Japan where he discusses how the RE Engine — powering titles like Resident Evil 7, RE2 and DMC5 — has evolved, the expansion of their AAA development resources and a surprising new title in the works.

"If we keep gradually increasing the size of our staff, I'm thinking that at some point maybe we might be able to handle four AAA titles at once," said Takeuchi via Famitsu and translated by Takuhi. "Also, in addition to that, we're currently working on a title that will make our fans think, 'wow, they're making that?'"

This language makes it appear that Capcom is currently working on three AAA-level games with Resident Evil and Devil May Cry making up two of them, but could the third be a new fighting game?

It's certainly very possible though Takeuchi is currently Head of Consumer Games Development Division 1 at Capcom where he has worked on series like Resident Evil, Onimusha and Lost Planet. He has worked on fighting games in the past with Street Fighter 2, but what are the most likely candidates for this mystery game?


Capcom's 10 bestselling releases of all time

The top 14 selling titles of all time for Capcom are all from either the Monster Hunter, Resident Evil or Street Fighter series, so the new title is likely not going to be from one of those three since fan response would probably not be as Takeuchi described up above.

Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is rumored to be in production as a rework of the ill-fated Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, but it also doesn't seem to fit the bill here for a new AAA title.

For the fighting game realm then, that leaves series like Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, Power Stone or a new Vs. title though most of those face certain hurdles like not being a project that Capcom would want to allocate that many resources to after Street Fighter 5 and MvCI didn't exactly have the strongest launches.

Hideaki Itsuno has worked on titles like those mentioned above and even expressed interest in returning to the Rival Schools setting, but he's currently hard at work directing Devil May Cry 5 meaning any fighting game project led by him will likely need to wait until that releases in 2019.

From a modern AAA development environment, a number of other classic and currently dormant Capcom franchises appear to fit the mold pretty well with the most likely candidates — in my opinion — being Dino Crisis, Onimusha and maybe even Final Fight due to their possibly wider appeal and probable use of the 'photo-realistic' RE Engine.

All of that said, however, it's also a safe bet that Yoshinori Ono's team over at Capcom's second development division is working on something besides Street Fighter 5 Season 4 content and new costumes. Whether that be Marvel vs. Capcom or something else, we'll need to wait and see for now.

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