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Capcom Permanently Puts Dino Crisis and Onimusha On The Backburner

There’s always hope within us that a certain gaming franchise we’ve adored will come out of its long dormant slumber.  We don’t see too many franchises fall off the radar due to a shift in tastes or an ill-conceived installment, yet such a thing was the case for the Onimusha and Dino Crisis franchises.  After starting off strong, both Onimusha and Dino Crisis were put on the bench by Capcom after poor installments and now news has come down that Capcom has opted to officially retire both games.

While we may have hoped to see the demonic/ninja world of Onimusha return, with or without Frenchman badass Jean Reno, Capcom has confirmed that both legacy franchises will not be pursued in the future.  Capcom has also played coy in the past concerning the future of Onimusha and Dino Crisis, and there was even a glimmer of hope that the games would return based on an extensive survey Capcom released last month. Yet here we are, our dreams of demon and dino killing are totally dashed.

Speaking to VideoGamer,Capcom’s Masachika Kawata, Producer on Resident Evil: Revelations, commented that the direction of the company currently favors new IPs rather than resurrecting old franchises.  "Capcom has obviously never shied away from bringing back our older IPs to new generations, but I do think it's more important for us to focus on creating new IP as we move forward,” said Masachika.

Once again we’re in that double-edged sword scenario in which we as gamers want fresh experiences, but at the same time we want to see old franchises come back in possibly bigger and better installments.  Capcom has certainly strived for kickstarting new IPs this generation with massive success through Dead Rising and Lost Planet so in a way they’re justified to continue their plan of making new million+ sellers.

At the same time there’s an incredible amount of promise in both the Onimusha and Dino Crisis franchises, not just in building on top of the mindshare that’s present amongst older gamers, but through grabbing the interest of a new audience by presenting unique scenarios (battling dinosaurs, battling demons in feudal Japan).

Capcom will likely wow us with some new properties once the next-gen consoles roll around so we’re bound to see some goodness from the firm. Even then, I know I won’t be the only one who will forever long for a new Dino Crisis or Onimusha when slightly mediocre games such as Resident Evil 6 and Dragon’s Dogma are pushed down our throats instead.