Capcom has one of the richest libraries of beloved and critically acclaimed franchises. Suffice to say, many of them have been dormant for a frighteningly long period of time. Dino Crisis hasn't seen a new entry since 2003 on Xbox. The last canonical Darkstalkers game was Vampire Savior: Lord of the Vampires in 1997. And barring the PSP redistribution, arena fighter Power Stone was last seen on the Dreamcast, despite its strong cult following. It also goes without mentioning other series like Maximo, Onimusha, and Lost Planet.
Well, Capcom has recently renewed the trademarks for a couple of notable names that have been out of the development cycle for a long while. Names include Dino Crisis, Power Stone, Rock Man, and Darkstalkers. Now, while fans generally get a little excited when news like this pops up, it's far from a guarantee that this news serves as an indicator of any projects being put in the works. There had been rumors of a reboot of Dino Crisis circulating for years, but nothing ever came to fruition. In 2013, Capcom released Darkstalkers Resurrection on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, gauging the sales to determine if it was worth investing in a legitimate Darkstalkers sequel. Suffice to say, the digital sales were rather laconic and Capcom deemed it not a worthy venture to pursue development of a new game. Despite the claims that "Darkstalkers isn't dead" and alleged reports of a Wii U exclusive in the works, Night Warriors characters like Morrigan Aensland, Lilith, and Felicia have more or less been glorified spokespeople for the Capcom brand.
Back in October, Capcom has stated that they did have an interest in reviving some of their intellectual properties following the success of Monster Hunter Worlds and Resident Evil 2. There was an HD remastering of Onimusha Warlords earlier in 2019, so that could be a start. But I feel it's best prudent to take this news with a grain of salt, as this is more likely a move for keeping marketing and merchandising opportunities open and a reinforcement of copyright protection for logos and familiar symbols. Sega has taken similar actions with Virtua Fighter, who's trademark was renewed twice, yet the company does not seem interested in a new entry since 2010's Final Showdown. Time will continue to tell if anything becomes of Capcom's wish to return some names like Breath of Fire to prominence, I would pull hopes back down from the stratosphere until official confirmation is provided.
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