They're two of Capcom's most beloved franchises…or at least, they were. The question is whether or not we'll ever see them again.
Fans want to know: what happened to Onimusha and Dino Crisis ? Will they ever come back? Well, Capcom VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development Christian Svennson told IGN that the franchises aren't dead; the company is just trying to figure out how to bring them back for "modern day gamers." Said Svensson:
"Onimusha is tricky in particular given how Japanese-focused the franchise has been. When you look at the timing and sales trend of how Onimusha has gone each outing – I won't give you the exact numbers, but let's just say every outing subsequently has been about 60% of the prior – the brand doesn't right now have quite the resilience that you might think."
He pointed out that while the first two Onimusha titles were very successful; the last two…"not so much." He did admit an announcement might be coming soon, though, as the Onimusha name is "percolating" at the company. As for Dino Crisis , he says it has come up in several discussions but thus far, nobody has figured out a good way to bring it back.
"Dino Crisis 3 I think is where it went off the rails if I recall. Dino Crisis' success really was an out cropping of Resident Evil 1 and 2. There are discussions, Dino Crisis comes up from time to time, but there isn't any burning desire from R&D or the business side to light that franchise back up again. Until there's an internal champion with something incredible, things just sort of sit there."
Svensson added that the the pre-rendered backgrounds and tank controls probably wouldn't go over well today. Well, yeah, we could've told you that. Still, we definitely want to see another Onimusha . Figure it out, Capcom.