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Capcom Needs to Get Creative About Reviving Its "Dormant IP"

Capcom is mining its rich catalog as it looks towards the future.

News by Mike Williams, .

Over the weekend, Capcom announced Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, the latest entry in the publisher's long-running crossover fighting game series. It's been five years since the the series' last release, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by Capcom. In fact, the company said in the press release that MvC's return was only the beginning.

"In addition to regular major title releases each fiscal year, Capcom is currently focused on reviving series that have not had new entries recently, or otherwise dormant IP. Beginning with Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, a return for the series following a five-year hiatus, Capcom looks to enhance its corporate value even further by utilizing its library of rich contents," said the company.

"Capcom remains firmly committed to satisfying the expectations of all users by leveraging its industry-leading game development capabilities in order to create highly entertaining gameplay experiences."

Capcom is currently sitting on a number of franchises. Not counting mobile entries, the company could revisit Mega Man, Devil May Cry, Final Fight, Breath of Fire, Ghosts and Goblins, Dino Crisis, or Lost Planet. Marvel vs Capcom is a solid place to start because Capcom can leverage the relative popularity of the Marvel brand right now. When a movie starring Dr. Strange is crossing $621.8 million worldwide, it's time to get on that train.

There's something to be said for veteran publishers getting smarter with their IP. Even if internal development isn't in the cards, licensing options or simply allowing indie developers to play with the IP is a good idea. That's the kind of concept that made a project like Street Fighter x Mega Man possible.

Square Enix has the Collective, its indie-focused line where the publisher has allowed indie developers to pitch games based on dormant Eidos franchise. The first of those projects is Fear Effect Sedna, a real-time tactics game based on the Fear Effect series. That project was successfully Kickstarted in May of this year.

There's nothing preventing Capcom from doing the same and even if they didn't, I'm sure Inti-Creates or Wayforward would be open to taking Mega Man off their hands, or Zeboyd Games would like to take on Breath of Fire. The sky is the limit if Capcom wants to creative and they really should, because their catalog of games is full of titles that deserve new life.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn A year ago
    Love that header image!
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  • Avatar for yuberus #2 yuberus A year ago
    Part of me would want a Powerstone 3, but they could never improve on the perfection that was 2.
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  • Avatar for kidgorilla #3 kidgorilla A year ago
    @cldmstrsn Kinu Nishimura, man. She knows what's upEdited December 2016 by kidgorilla
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  • Avatar for presidentcamacho #4 presidentcamacho A year ago
    Capcom is sitting on a mountain of good IP. I just hope they're smart about how they bring things back- lots of the good old stuff is better off as a lower budget XBLA/PSN/Steam digital only title than a full on AAA release. A prime example being what they did with Bionic Commando: Rearmed and Strider rather than the Bionic Commando reboot. Keep the costs low (relatively speaking), don't stray far from what fans want, and keep the sales tail long. Obviously the strategy would need to be different for bigger budget franchises like DMC, Dragon's Dogma, or Onimusha, but the core principal of not alienating the existing fans is critical. Stray too far and you lose the all important nostalgia dollar and anger the base. Don't worry about the "bro dollar", don't budget expecting the bro dollar. Gameplay is what makes Capcom games great.

    And for the love of all that is decent, please bring Dragon's Dogma Online to the West!
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  • Avatar for Octopumpkin #5 Octopumpkin A year ago
    I dream of a new Rival Schools or a new Tech Romancer.
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  • Avatar for himuradrew #6 himuradrew A year ago
    Darkstalkers
    Breath of Fire (a real RPG, not some F2P mobile crap)
    Powerstone
    Megaman
    Strider
    Final fight

    Get to work Capcom.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #7 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @himuradrew Ive been wanting a proper BoF since IV. Didnt really enjoy Dragon Quarter. Capcom please!
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #8 chaoticBeat A year ago
    @PsychicPumpkin Tech Romancer was great, I would love for there to be a sequel.

    I'm personally hoping for a new Onimusha and an hd version of the original trilogy. I loved all three of those games and that style feels particularly relevant right now (Nioh, Souls, etc.).
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  • Avatar for soupbones #9 soupbones A year ago
    Please give me Section Z. Either a new game, or throw the lead character in the new MvC.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #10 SIGGYZtar A year ago
    It's been like 10 years since Capcom released the Classics Collection, they indeed have a lot to mine from that alone. I would like to see a Quiz & Dragons 2.
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  • Avatar for mobichan #11 mobichan A year ago
    I agree there are great IP in their past, but I think they were a product of the Japanese company's climate and culture of when they were made. Those days are long gone. The company is hurting badly for a hit and is so risk averse now that it won't put any real money into developing titles with low income potential. I'm not a fan of farming out to western devs, because I don't think a majority of them have the same sensibilities as the people in the past who made those great titles. I'd rather enjoy re-releases of games like Onimusha (it is unplayable on HD) than see them try to reinvent it and lose what made it great.

    Also, I feel like the time it took the new Marvel Vs Capcom game to appear (5 years) was actually the time it takes to make a title now. It doesn't seem like an unrealistic expectation given what you need to do to make a AAA game in the current climate.
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  • Avatar for Vonlenska #12 Vonlenska A year ago
    @mobichan

    I agree. It's time to let go of the past and figure out something new, or else we'll just get things like Breath of Fire 6. Some of Capcom's old IPs could translate to AAA titles, but I'm not sure they'd be huge hits. Re-releasing older titles on new platforms seems like a better move. I do like the idea of allowing indie developers to play with stagnant IPs, but that'll vary a lot and won't bring in the AAA money everyone aims for now.

    I really miss the Capcom 5 days.
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  • Avatar for cwillia111 #13 cwillia111 A year ago
    What about Dragon's Dogma? I want a new Dragon's Dogma for the U.S.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #14 Roto13 A year ago
    @himuradrew There was a new Strider a couple of years ago.
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #15 LBD_Nytetrayn A year ago
    A new Saturday Night Slam Masters, please.
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  • Avatar for brodiejohn13 #16 brodiejohn13 A year ago
    Hmmm Sega should licence out it's dormant IP too.
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  • Avatar for Jericho-GM #17 Jericho-GM A year ago
    So ... Mega Man Legends 3?
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  • Avatar for AstroDemon #18 AstroDemon A year ago
    CAPCOM is well-known for going back to old IPs, but the best CAPCOM is the one that is creating new ideas. Here are some examples of CAPCOM's creativity at its best:

    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
    Okami
    Viewtiful Joe
    Dragon's Dogma

    Revisiting an old IP can be very cool too, like what they did with Resident Evil 4, but I hope they create something new as well in the near future.Edited December 2016 by AstroDemon
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  • Avatar for mobichan #19 mobichan A year ago
    @AstroDemon I guarantee the Capcom of today would never have greenlit Okami or Viewtiful Joe (or anything Clover made). And RE4 was in no way revisiting an old IP. It was the next in a long line of milking a very tired IP. Luckily it reinvented the formula and made something fresh and new. The only place they backed new ideas in the previous gen was on handhelds. And in general, those were farmed out to studios made up of ex-Capcom staff. I was such a fanboy for the pre-2005 Capcom but the risk taking leadership really has trickled away.
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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #20 SuperShinobi A year ago
    I'd really like to see a new 2D-style Ghosts & Goblins game with HD visuals on par with Ori & Blind Forest (my benchmark game for modern 2D-style visuals). Or how about at least a remaster of Ultimate G & G?

    The 2014 Strider game was a great way to revive a dormant IP, even though it had its problems - it was more repetitive than the original Strider.

    Also, Giga Wing 3 and a new Mercs game. A UN Squadron HD remake with a remixed CD soundtrack. But make the visuals faithful to the original game this time - so it doesn't end up looking like that awful SF2 HD remake on the PS3.

    And could someone make the ultimate version of Final Fight, i.e. arcade graphics remade in HD + Mega CD version soundtrack?Edited December 2016 by SuperShinobi
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  • Avatar for Meho #21 Meho A year ago
    I mean... Get Platinum on board and ask them to go crazy on new Devil May Cry. I'm sure we'd settle even for a DMC universe version. Get Inti Creates to do Mega Man. Get Treasure to do Wolf of the Battlefield 4
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  • Avatar for docexe #22 docexe A year ago
    Sigh… On one hand a part of me (the part that really loves Capcom’s treasure trove of old IP) really wants to believe that the company is serious about resurrecting their dormant franchises and that this time (this time!) they will actually made them justice.

    On the other hand, my most cynical part doesn’t have any trust that Capcom’s current leadership actually knows what they are doing, and fears that they will screw up as usual.

    On the third hand, I’m so starved for a so many of these franchises that I would probably settle with them just making more remakes, remasters and “legacy” collections.
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #23 Godots17thCup A year ago
    Fingers crossed for Power Stone 3!
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  • Avatar for manny_c44 #24 manny_c44 A year ago
    I just have one hope for whatever new projects they undertake: that it has colorful, masterful 2d art. They were the kings, and they can still bring it into the HD age before the talent is lost.
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  • Avatar for tigergt33 #25 tigergt33 A year ago
    Mega Man X9 ... Capcom please !!
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  • Avatar for Daikaiju #26 Daikaiju A year ago
    Maybe an anime resolving MM Legends...
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #27 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    Will they pry stupidity from the jaws of brilliance yet again, as the Capcpom BoD has proven time and time again to be emminently skilled at? Stay tuned, gentle readers...

    @cldmstrsn


    Good step one: sign back on Kinu.

    @manny_c44


    That talent may very well be long, long gone by this point. For example even Sega's early Gen 7 classic Valkyria Chronicles' talent is largely scattered to the winds inside or outside Sega. SF3 and BoF4 were a long, long time ago in a very different age...Edited 2 times. Last edited December 2016 by SatelliteOfLove
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  • Avatar for hamfighter #28 hamfighter A year ago
    1) Over a year ago I talked to a developer whose name people would know, whose dream project is working on a new Dino Crisis game. I'd be thrilled to see it happen.

    2) People who prefer Power Stone 2 to Power Stone 1 are quite simply wrong! But... I think we should come together for something we could all get behind in the form of Power Stone 3. Also, I'm really hoping for a PS character showing up in MvCI.

    3)@SuperShinobi - unfortunately, the Giga Wing games and Mars Matrix were only published by Capcom, and were actually developed by Takumi. This was the period in the late 90s-very early 00s where Capcom was actually publishing a lot of shooters developed by other companies. See also: Gunbird 2 (Psikyo), Progear no Arashi (Cave), Dimahoo (Raizing), 1944: The Loop Master (Raizing). Though, maybe something along the lines of 1944, perhaps they could tap someone to work on one of their classic shooter properties like a new 19xx game, or even revive a really old property like a Vulgus (Capcom's very first game) or U.N. Squadron!


    While I'd like to see sequels in some franchises that have been dormant for a while like a new Onimusha or Power Stone, what I'd REALLY love to see is something truly creative or unexpected leveraging an old property. Why not a Darkstalkers ADVENTURE game? How about taking a 2D classic like Black Tiger and turning it into a modern 3D action/adventure (kind of like they did with Maximo in the PS2 days)? Or a new "jet pack hero" game in the spirit of the old 80's trilogy (Section Z, Side Arms, Forgotten Worlds).
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  • Avatar for siamesegiant #29 siamesegiant A year ago
    Dormant IPs such as....

    Deep Down!

    Seriously though, more Dragon's Dogma, Breath of Fire, Dino Crisis would be great.
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  • Avatar for averyvc92 #30 averyvc92 A year ago
    Since Jurassic World turned out to be well received and was a financial success, I think it's a good time for a new Dino Crisis title to come out around the time of Jurassic world 2. Followup on that hype and interest Capcom!
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