Though it’s having a great run of remakes and sequels, Capcom still wants to keep new IPs on the table for the future. This confirmation comes from managing corporate officer Ryozo Tsujimoto, who spoke about the future of game development at Capcom. He assured fans that the company has not given up on new IPs.
Lately, Capcom has been wildly successful through expanding its established world and characters with remakes and sequels. Monster Hunter: World has already become the company’s best-selling game of all time. The remake of Resident Evil 2 completely blew away expectations, shipping 4 million units by the end of March after having released in January. Capcom’s established franchises clearly have something going for them.
Speaking with VGC, Tsujimoto explained:
“We’re not giving up on the idea of creating new characters and series, it’s just we’re doing quite well at the moment with bringing new, fresh approaches to our existing series. That’s working out very well for us but we’ll never take our eye off creating original games in the future.”
Fujioka Kaname, director of Monster Hunter: World Iceborne, weighed in on the issue as well. Kaname believes that Capcom fans enjoy the uniqueness of the company’s games and characters, which is what sets the company apart from the competition. He continued to explain that being able to stand out not only in Japan but worldwide is well within the studio’s abilities when it comes to new IPs.
What the future brings for original Capcom IPs is a mystery. One of the last new series mentioned was back in 2013 when the company announced Deep Down. While not much has been heard of Deep Down since then, outside of a few pop-ups at Tokyo Game Shows, Capcom filed a request earlier this month to extend the game’s trademark. This could mean we may see the mysterious dungeon crawler get a proper release after all.