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]