Publisher plans to reduce release cycles for sequels to 2.5 years, blames series' extended hiatus on switch to external development.
Capcom doesn't want to keep its fans waiting for more of their favorite series. The Japanese publisher today released English translations of executive comments indicating that it wants to wait no more than 2.5 years between sequels, starting with franchises like Lost Planet and Devil May Cry.
"We want to reduce the time needed to develop major titles from the usual three-to-four years to only 2.5 years," Capcom chairman and CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto told investors. "Speeding up development will probably raise the cost. But creating quality content will be vital to Capcom's ability to survive by overcoming intense global competition."
In his own comments, Capcom president and COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto noted that Lost Planet 3 is on pace to hit the 2.5-year goal, while Resident Evil 6 is arriving some 3.5 years after its predecessor.
"For DMC Devil May Cry, development will require five years due to the time needed to select development companies because of our decision to switch to external development," Haruhiro Tsujimoto said. "But our goal is to reduce the cycle to 2.5 years for subsequent titles in this series."
Earlier this week, Capcom announced a January 15, 2013, launch date for the Ninja Theory-developed DMC: Devil May Cry. That would put a sequel to the title in summer or fall of 2015. Devil May Cry 4 was released in January of 2008.
I hope the sequel is developed in Japan by Capcom. :)
I'm downloading the DmC demo now. I am very excited to try it. The first DMC was the best, by far, but 3 was awesome and 4 had great combat but some awful design decisions like that sunny outdoor level... WTF?
I can only hope that if and when we get a DmC2 that they hand the reigns back to the DMC2/3/4 team. I don't give two shits about hair or skinny jeans. I just want a game that's as technically diverse and fluid as DMC3 and 4. I'm not against lowering the bar of entry to DMC but I hate that they don't seem to be retaining the rich combat options from the earlier games.
@zfair89 wow all that from a demo? i personally think you should wait for the full product before you talk about fluidity and technical diversity. and as a demo you cant expect for them to make all weapons and combats available.
Gotta love how people are bashing a game that isn't even out yet...
You must be a grand master of gamming or something like that to judge a game based on videos.
@Eraldus you could not have said it any better.
@samson300 @Eraldus Gotta love how people bashing a game that isn't out yet? Uhh... What do you think trailers, live videos of gameplay, playing the demo, and evidence of issues with the game being shown all throughout Youtube are for? You think the company just make these advertisements, gameplay vids, and demos for their health? I've played the demo and it doesn't have a Devil May Cry feel. It's a good action game, but it doesn't stack to the potential that Devil May Cry 3, hell not even Devil May Cry 4. Of course the demo has glitches. No demo is glitch free. No demo is 100%. But that doesn't mean that the glitches found within the game is going to be fixed within 2months. Sorry, but i'm tired of seeing these same excuses from people. They support a game that they don't know is going to be good and even when people have played the demo and make their impressions on the game and express any negativity about the demo, it becomes a "Wait until the full game is out" when before the demo is was "Wait for the demo, then make your judgments." It feels like Heavenly Sword, of course because it's from Ninja Theory, but even Bayonetta played very similar to Devil May Cry even though it was made by Platinum Games under the direction of the original director of DMC. Again, the game is okay for an action game, but if it's trying to refresh the series and try to become the savior of the DMC series, then No, it's not going to go well.
Woohoo go Capcom. Already planning a sequel and the game hasn't tanked ye- I mean isn't out yet. That's the way to do it ;)
@fightingfish18 this game is going to sell, might not sell as much as COD but it will be good enough for a sequel.
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I agree, completely man. I am sorely disappointed with Capcom's way of marketing and choice in direction anymore. Resident Evil 6 hopefully is the end to Resident Evil...let it die nicely. Well it'll be the end for me most likely on Resi games. I do not wish to partake in another Operation. @Legrieme
Ninja Theory got alot of eyes on them, CAPCOM's, old DMC producers, and of course the fans.
Let's see if they can handle the pressure.
The fact that it will take more than half a year to deliver might just be a good thing.
You can always keep polishing.
ninja theory has shirt track record but Enslaved and Heavenly sword are good games with similar styles.
How this style will mesh with DMC, im skeptical, the fans have certain expectations if you wanna win their love as a new dev to the series.
I'm afraid the story- line will be too heavy and dry without humor , classic Dante badassery
is it safe to post on a DmC article, without dealing with crying fanboys talking bout hairstyles and dante's fashion yet? *reads comments* ...... Nope ..... Maybe next month
I bet Capcom already has the sequels AND their dlc's planned out. An obvious choice could be to put classic Dante as a skin you earn for beating the game but it will most likely be Disk-Locked-Content and is already planned.
They're going to make a sequel to DmC?? Without knowing the sales yet? BS! I'm boycotting Capcom. I hate that ******* company.
Looks great. Dont care how dante looks. as long the game is awesome i am happy. maybe you people can download a skin for dante. just have a little faith in ninja theory. Heavenly sword and enslaved where awesome
We want challenging DMC!
Harder than DMC 4, harder and more fun than DMC 3!
Hell, harder than Dark Souls!!
Wow really that long since DMC4. If DMC botch this one like Ninja Gaiden 3, then I would have to say good bye to DMC. They got too much time already. Hope Nija Theory deliver the goods
I find it hard to believe that you can cut development time in half and actually improve on quality let alone maintain the same quality. Unless the increase in cost is due to hiring twice the staff to work around the clock.
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Can't believe it has been 5 years since DMC4... And dmc 4 is still an awesome and beautifully looking game.
As I've heard; in DMC's story Dante trapped into a mad world and he's looks changed in that world. Dante didn't changed completely. you'll see real Dante in game.
Nero was bad ass but this new DMC takes place before the events of DMC 3, I believe, as this is supposed to be a much younger Dante, he wouldnt meet Nero for years to come.
LOL ! wouldn't that be cheesy but cool if young Dante meets child Nero?
I mean think of it, Nero as a small child, with the nasty devil bringer arm!!
(I know it makes little sense but still it's awesome!)
Yes it is.
But on the other hand, I guess Nero was also some kind of a change to the formula.
I am just sad that the series didn't continue with him, and I do hope that we will see him in the next DMC, hopefully, developed by DMC 4 producers and not ninja theory.
Why? not because I don't give DMC (ninja's) a credit, it can work, but if anyone should continue with Nero's story, it should be the original producers.
Holding my fingers corssed here.
You know I kind of thought about that but was not sure. I dont know if thats a bad or good thing. Guess we will have to wait and find out. Its always scary when developers mess with a formula that already works so well instead of just perfecting it.
@AkuScorn Not news, and not quite true.
Yes it is a reboot, but no, it is before DMC 3, which chronically is the eariliest of Dantes adventures.
But the developers of "DMC" specifically said that the event of this story, will be the trail of passage that will lead to the Dante we know today.
Meaning that maybe, in they end of DMC Dante will retain his carefree, teasing style.
@gamekingpin My thoughts as well.
Nero is my favorite action character ever. From his strength, to his personality and to his voice actor.
I hope that when and if DMC 5 (and I mean after this DMC) will arrive - it will pick up when and where Nero left it.
I still hope this DMC will deliver to goods.
Bad news. It's not before DMC3, it's a reboot. This has no connection to the old games. @gamekingpin
@GunEye That would be crazy, although now Im thinking of a DMC that follow Nero's story.. I mean they took the time to create a powerful character that not only can match Dantes combat but that Devil Arm was a game changer. it would be a shame if we never saw him in another game.
Oh joy... so what you're saying, Capcom, is "let's not create sequels to beloved franchises because the creative spark is there and we believe that we can now do something special with the series, let's create games on rigid cycles to maximize profit for investors instead." What a GREAT idea, Capcom. :(
If they can give a solid product in the span of 2.5 years, then good for Capcom. They need to take a page from Nintendo and look into their vault and revive some older franchises. Breath of Fire, Darkstalkers, Dino Crisis, Onimusha, and Rival Schools (please) come to mind. Wish they released that Sengoku Basara fighting game over here though. I love Sengoku Basara. :'(
@Jyakotu since you mentioned games capcom should revive (and i do agree with you on your list by the way) they should revive the Dreamcast cult classic power stone. for next gen consoles. having four players online battling each other would be pretty damn cool.
Onimusha, I forgot how much I loved that game. What are they waiting for with that???????? They should have developed that for this gen of consoles a long time ago.
@Jyakotu I'd do *mostly* anything for Dino Crisis...
@Jyakotu man if they released a new version of Darkstalkers, BOF or even Dino Crisis it'd be so awesome. Maybe if we gather a petition asking them to do it :P
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