Capcom producer: “more important” to focus on new IP than reboots

Tuesday, 12th February 2013 00:43 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata has said Capcom isn’t likely to return to Onimusha or Dino Crisis any time soon. “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,” he told VideoGamer when asked about the fan-favourite properties; Kawata had worked on both. Capcom USA recently surveyed fans about their preferences on the treatment of back-catalogue properties, though.

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  1. ActionGameKing

    1 week ago they were talking about rebooting Resident Evil, now this? Capcom is completely clueless.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. salarta

    I… don’t see where the producer actually says it’s more important to focus on new IPs than reboots. Saying Capcom isn’t aversive to bringing back old IPs to new generations isn’t the same thing as talking about taking an existing IP and completely reimagining it into something different, or starting from scratch. I think the interpretation where it’s thought that he’s talking about reboots comes from “to new generations,” but you can revive something without essentially starting over. Halloween H2O is a decent example, it tried to do things that might interest a new generation but kept the original two films intact and picked up Laurie Strode’s life 20 years after them.

    That said, I wish what Kawata was saying about new IPs being more important was actually true of Capcom. I have to take his comment as him speaking personally, because what he’s saying is definitely NOT Capcom’s policy, as they’ve made abundantly clear with DmC. If they were more concerned with making new IPs than reboots, they would have made DmC into a completely new IP like it clearly should have been. That, on top of how they hype the hell out of sequels, spinoffs and attempted reboots of already existing IPs but generally let new IPs sink or float by their own power (e.g. their original reluctance for games like Lost Planet and Dead Rising).

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OmegaSlayer

    Better to make new IPs than make grinded meat out of the old ones.

    #3 2 years ago

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