Capcom has given hope to the army of western fighting fans praying that the company brings crossover Wii title Tatsunoko vs. Capcom to the west.
"Do not rule it out" was the response from Capcom's Christian Svensson, vice president, business development and strategic planning, when asked by VideoGamer.com for an update on a western release of the game.
"That is all I can say right now," he said. "We are still actively working on having that happen. I can't say it's happening definitively. I couldn't give you a time frame, but as badly as the fans want it, we want to bring it."
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes is, like the superb Marvel vs. Capcom fighting game series, a crossover title, and features characters from the Japanese animation studio Tatsunoko Production.
It was developed by Eighting Co., Ltd., the independent Japanese developer behind the brilliant nineties fighting game series Bloody Roar.
Capcom is currently attempting to work around licensing and resource issues associated with bringing the game to the west, Svensson explained.
"There are licensing issues to contend with," he said. "The Tatsunoko rights are split as far as how they are held in the west. Tatsunoko obviously holds all of the rights in Japan so they can grant all of those characters usage through Japan very easily. But when they license those properties out to various stakeholders in the west, aligning all of those things properly, and to be fair the team that did it is working on something else now, so actually also clawing back the resources to do a localised version, to make any changes that are needed to get through those licensing issues, these are all things that need to be aligned before we can actually profit from this happening.
"The team that did it is a very talented team in high demand. And unfortunately they're not an internal team so we don't have 100 per cent control of saying OK just pull those guys back in. They have their own business to run."
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