Capcom is mulling over the potential of its ‘dormant’ franchises through remakes and revivals, after the undeniable success of Devil May Cry 5 and the Resident Evil 2 remake (via WccfTech).
And undeniable means undeniable. Capcom’s Integrated Report 2019 proclaims that Devil May Cry 5 and the Resident Evil 2 remake sold 2.1 million units and 4.2 million units respectively. The developer and publisher’s net sales statistics have increased year-on-year since 2015, with a marked 5.8 per cent increase from 2018 to 2019. It’s raked in a little over 100 billion yen ($921 million, roughly speaking) this year, which is not to be sniffed at, and credits Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 as runaway successes.
Much to think about. Capcom announced Project Resistance at Tokyo Game Show and a section of the community weren’t too pleased that the new game would be an asymmetric multiplayer survival experience. They were hoping for a core installment to the Resident Evil series, in the form of a remake of Resident Evil 3 or an entirely new game. Players in the PlayStation 4 beta of Project Resistance have heard the save room theme from Resident Evil 3 in the game, but this could be a little easter egg left in for fans of the classics.
Or, it could be a hint that Capcom actually is working on a Resident Evil 3 remake. Towards the end of the report, Capcom said, ‘Our initiatives are to (1) strengthen digital sales, (2) bolster our title lineup through the full-scale execution of our 60-month and 52-week maps and (3) awaken dormant intellectual properties.’ This is a vague statement. Purposefully vague, I might add. Resident Evil isn’t a dormant intellectual property, per se, because Resident Evil 2 re-released this year and Project Resistance is on its way.
What Capcom could be referring to are titles that haven’t been released on this generation of consoles. This would include Viewitful Joe, Darkstalkers, or Dino Crisis. Like the possibility of a Resident Evil 3 remake, a Dino Crisis revival would be dependent on fan demand. As the next fiscal year has only just begun, we could see another remake from Capcom before the end of 2020. We’ll have to sit tight and see.