Capcom: No new Darkstalkers game planned

Low Darkstalkers Resurrection compilation sales given as reason for halt on franchise.

Capcom says that it has no plans for more Darkstalkers game in the near future.

Sorry fans, Darkstalkers may be truly dead.

According to a report on Siliconera, Capcom fighting game manager Matt Dahlgren said that the Darkstalkers Resurrection rerelease did not meet sales expectations. "Darkstalkers Resurrection did not perform as well as we would have liked to hope. You never know what the future may hold, but Street Fighter is definitely not dead. There is nothing Darkstalkers on the immediate horizon for sure," he said.

Previously at New York Comic-Con 2012, Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono showed off a teaser for a new Darkstalkers game featuring the characters Demitri and Lord Raptor. Capcom also experienced layoffs early this month, with senior vice president Christian Svensson leaving the company.

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gamermasterwiz
gamermasterwiz

They've released the game over 2 times now. On PSP and just now online, what did they expect? And its all down to poor marketing as well, giving more attention to the creepy female characters rather than including J.Talbain on MvC3 resulted in further downfall. 

Capcom if you are reading this comment, listen to your Western audience some more. Not your Japanese ones, because they really don't give a toss about Darkstalkers other than 'looking' at 'hot girls'. You're seriously appealing to the wrong crowd.

Promote J.Talbain ALREADY! He's probably the most relatable character in Darkstalker's fighting rooster. He's like Ryu but with some Twilight/True Blood persona.  Has it ever occured to why people pay attention to Street Fighter & Tekken? Mainly because of Ryu & Jin! They're serious about fighting for honor. Not like Morrigan, Felicia and Hsien Ko who is just there to toy and annoy people with their creepy gimmicks. 

BradBurns
BradBurns

Stop holding the game hostage Capcom. 

You know that the fans want a new Dark Stalkers and it will probably sell well and at the worst it will break even. 

They probably didn't see a reason to buy yet another version of a game that they have bought time and again. I have three versions of it and am not a big Capcom fan.

Enough is enough, this is a ridiculous way to treat your fanbase, which thankfully, I am not a part of.  Cheap bastards lol.

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Yet they have a 2D Strider made instead of a full 3-D/3rd person perspective version. It just boggles the mind.

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

Because neglecting the PC Market and intentionally picking an incomplete version of Darkstalkers 3 just to appease the hardest of the hardcore is a good judge for game sales.

BoSnerdly
BoSnerdly

A new Darkstalkers is the one game that would bring me back to those a-holes at Capcom. I couldn't resist! But that's not gonna happen... Therefore, I have no plans for purchasing a Capcom product in the near future.

furrynic
furrynic

The series need something new and fresh. They should do a brand new game from scratch with new characters and new moves, hypers, and special moves for the old ones. brand new stages for every character would be great as well. Maybe ad something new to the fighting formula that the game has

Gargus
Gargus

"Lets see. We will take this old turd, write darkstalkers on it and sell it for 15 bucks"

Months later....

"We only sold 3 darkstalkers turds? Bah fine just put the whole franchise on the shelf then if no one will buy it"

And that's capcoms mentality. They think if they release a game with a name on it that it will sell and everyone will love it. So they just release mediocre at best games constantly thinking a franchise name alone will make everyone love it when they forget to try and make the games actually good.

Darkstalkers was a great game in its day but the damn thing is ancient now in terms of fighting games and gameplay mechanics. It would be like if ford went back to selling the old model T's as they originally were and then being confused why they weren't selling millions. Just because its old doesn't make it a classic everyone wants to own.

blackace
blackace

Wasn't "Darkstalkers Resurrection" on XBL & PSN? It's too much at $15 to me. Capcom did have a nice sale yesterday. I got their Arcade Cabinet for with all the games for $12.50 (1000pts). It was original going for $25.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Low sales due to people want a NEW version with NEW characters. Really these lazy game developers need to stop re releasing old games and focus on new games. Re releasing all these so called HD remakes etc is money that could be used to create new franchises and better (not bloody 4-6 hour long games) then again Capcom isn't about its players (I E Street Fighter x Tekken on disc DLC and way over priced DLC's for it at that) it only cares about giving gamers the very least at the highest cost. IMO nearly as bad ad EA and to me EA is the worst.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Nah, they were never planning to do anything with Darkstalkers in the first place. The "low sales" of Resurrection is just a scapegoat so they can pass the blame onto us.

They're perfectly content with Street Fighter, since it's probably the single biggest earning franchise in the company's history. And from a business perspective, it makes perfect sense: why waste money with other projects when just focusing on a single IP is so much more profitable.

I think we all knew what was going on when they announced Resurrection. Making money on a relatively low cost port is just icing on the cake.

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

Tch Konami did the same crap with Zone of Enders earlier this year re-release a crappy HD version of the old games and except them to sell millions.

Chrono Trigger DS is yet another example "If customers want a new game they need to buy more copies of the crap we are putting out now.

Then the (insert name of company here) use the lack of sales as an excuse for not making any new games in the series.

I'm starting to think must be the way Japanese gaming company publishers think.

No wonder most of them are in a rut.


The_Cimmerian
The_Cimmerian

This is no news at all.

CAPCOM has done this for too long now. I remember that they cancel a Cell Shaded Jojo's Bizarre Adventure for the PS2, mere weeks before its launch because some game at that time (i don't recall which one, but it wasn't a Jojo's remake), didn't sell well. So you see, CAPCOM has this policy of blackmailing his fans..."Oh, you want me to give you another Street fighter? Do you? Do you? Well, first you have to buy four times (at least) the current one and tell me that i'm pretty" That has to stop guys. If the XBOX ONE case show us anything, is that the consumer has the power to change things, and not even the huge corporations like Microsoft can impose his will to us! "El que paga, manda." (He who pays, rules/decides)

DrKill09
DrKill09

You would just screw it up anyway...

I vote for a fan sequel in HD with 3d characters and backgrounds, but 2d gameplay. 

ZombieGuy78
ZombieGuy78

maybe has something to do that you released the exact same games in the arcades, then in the ps1,
then in the dreamcast,
then in the ps2
then in the psp,
then in the psn
it actually performed as expected, i have 6 copies and i was actually expecting a new entry instead of a rerelease of a rerelased previously rleased re-reléase of a re-released release. and such.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

I don't get Capcom, you release what was basically Darkstalkers 3 Jedahs Damnation and expect people to go buy that for more than $5...then wonder about low volume sales. There was no overhaul done to the game the characters still were low resolution sprites, compared to more audacious Guilty Gear games which run in much higher resolution visuals for both foreground and background.  Capcom has been running one fumes as of late. 

They are busy trying to reinvent the wheel in fighting games once again, SF4 isn't a bad game at all it's nice but it's just like the SF2 when it came out then came the countless revisions. Mind you Capcom have completely forgotten their greatest achievement in SFA3. Anyone who played it on Dreamcast can attest to how incredible that game played and was balanced. I would rather play the Dreamcast rendition with all the added extras including the dramatic battle mode and intense and funny survival modes intact. Capcom once again proving they are totally out of touch with fans and forgetting about what was awesome.

MichizaneFFXI
MichizaneFFXI

So because a game you 're-release' doesn't sell well you decide not to continue the series... *insert Jean-Luc facepalm*

firedrakes
firedrakes

capcom their a thing called a patch. use it instead of re-releasing the game

edpeterson
edpeterson

Looked like a fun game, too bad Crapcom (I know, I'm super cleaver lol), is too into re-releasing their own fighting games again and again instead of making something new in the series and seeing how that does *cough* street fighter *cough* But hey, these are the same people who killed off Mega Man Legends 3 because they thought nobody would buy it, so it's not a surprise they're killing off this franchise too! 

HartPuncher
HartPuncher

Maybe this is why some people kinda hate the Japanese gaming market?


No Dark Stalkers

No Earthbound

No 

No

No!

How about Fuck You!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Capcom has an IP they're not considering milking to death!? ::falls out of chair::

Juon408
Juon408

Here's what Capcom should do. Outsource a new Darkstalkers to Arc System Works! One, it'd cut corners and costs for them (Capcom), and two, we'd see classic style Darkstalkers in true HD like BlazBlue and the upcoming Guilty Gear Xrd.

demon-returns
demon-returns

well here's an even better idea....

why don't they do a kickstarter for it and see how much money they can get from that and then just cover whatever is left themselves. that way they are not using up all of their resources in making the game and both sides are happy.

another option would be a street fighter x darkstalkers game. It will sell well due to having name recognition of street fighter but yet still draw in fans of both series.

TheArcade
TheArcade

Let me get this straight Capcom. You release two CPS2 roms that most people can either download on an emulator, or play on PS2/Saturn/Dreamcast and then expected mega blockbuster sales even though some of us already have these games? The niche market is bigger than you think.

Most hardcore gamers would like Darkstalkers enough to have already owned it. People are fed up with you releasing the same old game over and over. What did you think would happen? And the collection wasn't even that good.

You failed to include all the Darkstalkers games. I might've bought it for Darkstalkers 1 since I never owned the PS1 version, if you were going to milk us into the ground you could've at least gone all or nothing. Now you blame us for not falling for your Street Fighter 2 pattern again?  Fuck you Capcom. I'm still mad about you releasing Street Fighter 4 four times when you said you weren't, plus you mistreated Megaman and butchered my beloved MvC series with Marvel 3. Piss off Capcom.

kohle36
kohle36

So let me get this straight: They take a couple 15+ year old titles that are already available on the psn and psp; apply some hd filters; charge $15 for it; it STILL cracks the psn top ten; but it doesn't sell as much as they want, so they take their toys and go home? 

I'd understand if fans had been clamouring for an HD re-re-re-release, but they pretty clearly have been asking for a new entry to the series. Hell, if we're going to 'gauge' consumer interest through the lens of Capcom's own sales expectations, the whole company might as well just pack it in.

keech
keech

As much as I like Darkstalkers, even I didn't buy Resurrection until I saw it on sale.  The unfortunate fact is all the people clamoring for a new Darkstalkers game is a vocal minority.

Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are games that sell on name recognition alone, even people who don't play fighting games buy them.  Marvel vs Capcom has the Marvel brand to draw in sales, Injustice has the DC license.  Darkstalkers doesn't have any of this.

Not to mention Capcom has been over-saturating the market with their own fighting games already.  Street Fighter X Tekken didn't sell well due to this, so what realistic chance would a new Darkstalkers have?

simonbelmont2
simonbelmont2

@Chaos_Dante_456 Power Stone is another classic series that has been sadly neglected. A new PS would be fantastic with the online capacity we have now.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

@blackace I agree, I guess the features and work that went into it boosted the price but still they can't really have expected a vast amount of people to shell out $15 on a a game that's over a decade old.

furrynic
furrynic

@Wrathesoul Yup, I agree. The series need something new and fresh. They should do a brand new game from scratch with new characters and new moves, hypers, and special moves for the old ones. brand new stages for every character would be great as well. Maybe ad something new to the fighting formula that the game has. 

simonbelmont2
simonbelmont2

@Yomigaeru It's true, Capcom are content to make money from SF4 or Marvel and forget about other stuff.

It's a shame as a new Darkstalkers might of sold well, old fans would of bought it and the series has enough interesting characters to attract new fans of Capcom. Some gamers are already familiar with Morrigan and Felicia from Marvel.

ZombieGuy78
ZombieGuy78

@TheArcade dont forget the psp version. and how they killed bionic comando and strider.

TheArcade
TheArcade

@kohle36 Exactly. See my comment above it coincides with yours. =) Don't forget the Darkstalkers games was also released on Saturn, PS2, and Dreamcast. Believe it or not many Darkstalkers fans still own DS games on those systems.

ZTS_vs_Deck
ZTS_vs_Deck

@kohle36 Another guy who just doesn't get it. Keep crying and whining because you blew it and you're not getting another Vampire. You and everyone who likes Vampire but didn't buy Vampire Resurrection, screwed yourselves over.

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

@leeko_link KOF is still alive because it still very popular and a very good series, especially in South America and Latin America, not because of the "crossover team-up"

TheArcade
TheArcade

@keech KOF is has none of the above star power and yet it still remains viable on the market. If SNK can lead by example then I see no reason why Capcom shouldn't try a new Darkstalkers release. They might be surprised.

simonbelmont2
simonbelmont2

@Strider8009 @simonbelmont2 Ha, ha no it's the people that buy all the DLC who make Capcom think consumers are idiots.

All the Capcom games I liked and bought were purchased back in the days when things were better. I haven't owned a Capcom game in ages and I don't buy the DLC I think is nickel and diming. However a new Darkstalkers would of been worth a purchase if it was done right.

Despite my disagreeing with some of their practices they have released some excellent games in the past especially last generation.

It's funny that you seem to be against buying their games but your screen name is Strider which was made by Capcom.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@ZTS_vs_Deck @kohle36 Nah man, there was never a plan for another Vampire game. They're just using this as a scapegoat since people are pissed at them for no Megaman.

kohle36
kohle36

@ZTS_vs_Deck How's the weather over there in Stockholm? You really think being a fan means jumping through any hoops they invent (no matter how arrogant and irrational), flinging money at anything they tell you to, and just hoping for the best? Have fun buddy.

Okiron
Okiron

Already buy it on Saturn, Dreamcast, PS2. They want more money ? well i can't :o

leeko_link
leeko_link

@TheArcade Basically KOF and Samurai Shodown are the only two fighters SNK had left for them. All their other fighting franchise are either gone or never revisited: Kabuki Klash, Ninja Masters, Kizuna Encounter, The Last Blade, Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, World Heroes, etc. The reason KOF is still alive today is because of the crossover team-up.

ZombieGuy78
ZombieGuy78

@simonbelmont2 @Strider8009 hell no. i brought the color palettes of sf vs tekken and im not... oh crap... i am..... jk, i've never brought a crapcom dlc, but selling colors is the lamest of all lame things.

simonbelmont2
simonbelmont2

@Strider8009 @simonbelmont2 Things are changing and it is difficult to tell if it's gonna be all good or bad. Capcom did good with SF4 but some of the DLC shenanigans this gen are lame.

I was also surprised they gave the job of doing Strider HD to another dev.

I won't write them off completely and I will just observe and see what happens.


Also you may of taken my previous post out of context, it was a reply to another poster further down the page. For some reason my reply to him was also posted at the top of the comments page as a new comment. 

The point I was making is I supported Capcom back in the day when they made a lot of good games like Viewtiful Joe, Shadow of Rome, Onimusha, Killer 7 (which was Grasshopper but Capcom published it.) I also remember I bought the vanilla SF4 and Marvel vs Capcom 3 this gen but I didn't buy any of the updates or DLC.

ZombieGuy78
ZombieGuy78

@TheArcade @ZombieGuy78 have you seen the "promo" footage? it reeks at a direct port of the psx version. i just asked for a refound on final fight to psn support. 15 to 21 days, they said. better than nothing.

.  

TheArcade
TheArcade

@ZombieGuy78 @TheArcade DRM crap for FF is only on the PSN version, not on 360 AFAIK. Anyway I agree with Bionic but they're going to bring back Strider.