Captivate 2011: Capcom outlines its coming year

By Brenna Hillier
13 April 2011 08:12 GMT

Capcom went all out at Captivate 2011 last week, showing Asura’s Wrath, a new Dead Rising 2, Dragon’s Dogma, RE: Mercenaries 3D, RE: Operation Raccoon City, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.

Captivate 2011

Held in Miami, Florida.

Three new titles announced: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Dragon’s Dogma, and Super Street Fighter IV AE.

Two Resident Evil titles highlighted.

The enigmatic Asura’s Wrath surfaced again at Miami event last week, and while Capcom isn’t ready to talk about it, the publisher did release some new media. A frankly mental trailer shows the six-armed protagonist Asura facing off against some sort of planet-sized deity, to spectacular effect.

We’ll have more info right form the horse’s mouth later in the week, but, according to the accompanying press release, we’re looking at some sort of over-the-top action game, with the developer’s intentions best summed up in the phrase “get out of this one, bud”.

Attendees got a surprise reveal from Blue Castle in the form of Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. Although Dead Rising 2 outsold its progenitor, the team apparently felt the need to do it all over again – bigger and better. Original protagonist Frank Goddamn West is back, using his warzone photographic experience to once more take on the endless hordes of the undead.

A full release expected to be larger than the first Dead Rising 2, Off the Record is due in northern autumn. Be sure to check out the trailer and screens ahead of our feature later this week.

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Dragon’s Dogma.

The purpose of the mysterious Capcom teaser page codenamed “DD” has finally been revealed: Dragon’s Dogma. One of Capcom’s largest ever development teams is behind the open-world action RPG as the publisher takes a pot at the fantasy crown.

The trailer and screens show a very pretty beast, with plenty of impressive action and a party of three AI companions to assist you with them. Again, keep an eye out over the rest of the week; Steph got a chance to talk to Capcom about the surprising new game.

Press didn’t get more than a look at Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D, which you can share in yourself in this asset dump, but impressions from a producer demonstration are on their way.

Still in Capcom’s horror universe, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City got a similar treatment with trailer and screens.

The squad-based multiplayer title sees Umbrella agents going head to head with US Spec Op, chasing Resident Evil 2 star Leon Kennedy through the hazard-filled streets of Raccoon City. And we do mean hazardous – the zombies and bio-organic weapons (think: Nemesis) don’t discriminate between friend and foe. Steph talked to the game’s producers and saw it in action; get the scoop here.

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Street Fighter X Tekken.

After an anxious wait, Yoshinori Ono used the event to give a major update on Street Fighter X Tekken, his half of a two crossover titles from Capcom and Namco Bandai.

In a lengthy interview, Ono told us how the project came about, his back-alley asset trading with Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada, the solution to differing control schemes, and how the two games’ casts have been woven into one cohesive storyline. Take a good, long look – you’ll see videos of the game in action as well as mouth-watering screens.

Finally, Capcom unveiled one of the worst-kept secrets in its history: Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition for PC and consoles. Releasing as an add-on to either Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV, the Arcade Edition will allow owners of only one of the two games to play with those who have the other.

We’ve got a pair of trailers and some screens of the add-on, which will be made available both as a disc and on the console networks.

Tellingly, there was no Monster Hunter reveal at all, but assume that’s going to come at E3. The speculation among fans is, obviously, which platform will get the next game, whether Capcom will stick with PSP, hop to 3DS or wait for NGP.

That’s your lot – for now. Expect plenty more interviews and features over the next few days.

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