This is exciting, for a number of reasons.
In a press release for the upcoming Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite (squeee!), Capcom made note that MvC had been a dormant franchise for the last five years and that the new game is the start of a plan to revive multiple older franchises.
In addition to regular major title releases each fiscal year, Capcom is currently focused on reviving series that have not had new entries recently, or otherwise dormant IP. Beginning with MARVEL VS. CAPCOM: INFINITE, a return for the series following a five-year hiatus, Capcom looks to enhance its corporate value even further by utilizing its library of rich contents.
That could mean a lot of different titles. Capcom has dozens of franchises it hasn’t done anything with in ages, ranging from classics like Mega Man (not counting re-release collections, the last new title was 2010’s Mega Man 10), obscure and oft-forgotten titles like the DreamCast fighter Power Stone (last seen in a remastered release on PSP in 2006), and many more. For us, I can think of quite a few horror games that could use some love as well.
Perhaps the most notable is Dino Crisis, which is essentially Resident Evil‘s sister series, also created by Shinji Mikami. Featuring many nearly identical mechanics, as well as creating RE’s now staple 180 degree quick turn, Dino Crisis was an awesome survival horror series that managed to be even more hardcore than RE‘s already brutal pedestal. The final title in the series was Dino Crisis 3, all the way back in 2003, which is a huge shame. It was brought up rather recently by Tao Weishi (the producer of Monster Hunter Online) that he was interested in working with Capcom on a revival of the Dino Crisis series last January, but we have yet to hear anything since.
Clock Tower hasn’t appeared in a good long while (not since 2002’s Clock Tower 3), nor it’s spin off Haunting Grounds (from 2005), and I’m sure that fans of that franchise would welcome it’s return with open arms, especially after the abysmal NightCry, which was intended to be a spiritual successor. There’s the Japan/Europe exclusive Glass Rose, Killer 7‘s director would love to work on a remaster of that title, and we could even go out on a limb and suggest that Resident Evil: Outbreak could be a potential candidate, although it’s not like the Resident Evil brand is hurting for new games or anything.
Who knows where this could go, but we’ll be keeping an eye open, just in case.