Capcom Users Ask What About New IP; Brass Replies

Comments lack a tone of voice (hint hint, dear readers) so a Capcom-Unity user's query: "Do you guy [sic]ever think about starting a new game franchise??" might sound chippy. Instead, Capcom's Christian Svensson answered politely that yes, they do.

"We'll always be experimenting with new IP," Svensson replied, then he ticked off nine new IPs Capcom's rolled out for the current generation. "If you wanted to take a more liberal view of something like TvC, you could call it a new franchise for us, even if it isn't new IP (all characters have previously existed). and I'm sure some others I'm forgetting off the top of my head."

Whatever you think of them, I'd classify Bionic Commando: Rearmed and Bionic Commando the same way. We hadn't seen them in years.

"Naturally, we always need to be introducing new IP so that we have some percentage of them "stick" to become ongoing franchises. But it's always a balancing act both to keep fans happy and to manage risk."

It's good that Capcom listens to this, because many others don't. But if I were to pick a publisher that abused its existing IP and sequelised it gratuitously, Capcom wouldn't even make the top 5. Yo Capcom, Why Not Go New? [Capcom-Unity via VG247]


    "But if I were to pick a publisher that abused its existing IP and sequelised it gratuitously, Capcom wouldn’t even make the top 5."

    Maybe not, but I dare you to count all the Mega Man games, sequels, spinoffs, etc. You need more than all the fingers on both hands and toes on both feet. And that's just without a single spinoff.

    Megaman (1-9 + gameboy games)
    Megaman X (1-9 + an rpg + gameboy color games)
    Breath of fire (1-5)
    Megaman Zero... i think 4.

    Megaman Battle Network (5, there was 2 versions of 3,4,5 like pokemon)

    Theres pleny more, including resident evil with the many spinoffs.

    Capcom definitely used to be an incredibly spammy company, but they do innovate and try to keep their franchises fresh. Resident Evil 4 comes to mind. I thin kwhat capcom does is stick to a formula till it is abou tot become stale and then innovate, pretty soon theyll have to do something new with resident evil 6 since 4 was awesome and new but 5 felt like any other third person game.

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