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Yoshinori Ono laments failing to bring Darkstalkers back, tweets out that he still wants Capcom to make it happen

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 23, 2021 at 2 p.m. PDT • Comments: 47

This year's Comic Con marked the 10 year anniversary of when Capcom famously told fans via teaser video that its Darkstalkers fighting game franchise was not dead. Amid a foggy, moonlit graveyard with Street Fighter 4 era and style graphics we saw the bony fingers of Lord Raptor emerge from the ground and clasp his trademark guitar before seeing what looked to be a promise of an all new Darkstalkers entry. It never did happen.

We're now just a few weeks shy of the one year anniversary of Yoshinori Ono's departure from Capcom, and the Head Producer for Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5 tweeted a few words about Darkstalkers (a franchise he was especially fond of) that seem to put a bit of an onus on the company he worked with for nearly 30 years to bring the dead franchise back to life.

It's no secret that Ono very much wanted to revive the now-27 year old series, but the closest thing we've got in recent times was 2013's Darkstalkers Resurrection, an HD re-release of earlier DS titles with online functionality.

It's not to say that characters from the morbid fighter don't still pop up with some regularity in modern times as Morrigan Aensland and Felicia both often make guest appearances in other Capcom ventures such as Teppen, Marvel vs. Capcom, and even as alternate costume inspirations for Street Fighter 5.

Outside of Ono's occasional remarks, we haven't heard much from Capcom in the way of actually bringing the teaser we saw a decade ago to any kind of fruition. Hope for this to happen has never been all that high, but Ono's departure a year back was yet another nail in the coffin for many.

The fact that Ono brought the topic up again this year is interesting, especially as he includes a bit of a nudge for Capcom in his statement, saying in what sounds like something of a matter of fact tone, "I'm looking forward to the day when one of my juniors or former subordinates can make it happen. ;D"

We're surely not alone when we say we'd be overjoyed to see a modern Darkstalkers announced, but will continue not to hold our breath for the seemingly unlikely happening. For those of you interested in hearing more about the history of DS as well as Ono's attempts to get it going again, be sure to check out our EventHubs Podcast episode wherein we discuss these matters.

When it was clear that he'd need more support from outside of Capcom, Ono made some interesting moves via journalists and trying to rally fans to make their collective voice unignorable to the higher ups at his former place of employment.

Here's the footage of the "Darkstalkers are not dead" teaser from 10 years back thanks to Pretentious Film Majors:

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