featured quite a few games at their Captivate 2011 event in Miami this year, as
you can see in the five posts preceding this one. But there were also quite a
few of them conspicuous in their absence; games a certain few were anticipating
news from, only to be let down. Despite the high number featured, you really
can't claim that Capcom had something to offer for everyone. And you know something's wrong when the list of
games missing is bigger than the one of games present.
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
2 | Nintendo DS
Of all the
games left out of Captivate, this one is causing the biggest uproar; And for
good reason. The Ace Attorney franchise is far from the biggest one Capcom has
right now, but each individual title sells a modestly for a niche property,
enough for the company to profit from them. It also has a dedicated (and at
times fanatical) fan base, one that would be pretty upset upon hearing that
Capcom USA won't be localizing this most recent title.
exactly what's happening. In the defense of the fans, however, a good
portion of them have responded in a rational manner, explaining to Capcom the
repercussions of passing over a major storyline installment. Capcom USA has
said that they are not localizing the DS version, but maybe there's a chance
that a port can be made for 3DS or something else.
moving it to 3DS would be the best idea. Shelf space for DS software is drying
up worldwide, and in its place will be software from its successor -- as soon
as it gets more software than its rather blasé launch lineup on shelves
currently. Moving it to that system will also move the fan base there to
prepare them for Professor Layton vs.
Ace Attorney whenever it drops. Not localizing it right now is a good
what's happening. If not, it's a very stupid idea. Time will tell!
DmC: Devil May Cry | Playstation 3/Xbox
Some of us
were actually looking forward to hearing about the recent developments
concerning the Ninja Theory-developed reboot of Devil May Cry at Captivate. But really, most of us just wanted to
see how good or bad it could potentially look after seeing Ninja Theory's
pedigree. It sadly didn't make an appearance at the event.
you think to yourself that Capcom has wised up and cancelled it, both the
publisher and Ninja Theory have confirmed that it's still in development.
You'll just have to wait a little longer before you can share any eyes-on
impressions. They haven't said when that will happen, but E3 2011 would be a
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 DLC of any kind
wouldn't have been one of the biggest attractions, quite a few fans of the game
expected to see what characters, alternate outfits, and, most importantly,
online features were in store for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. To their chagrin, it didn't
make an appearance at all. And now to the surprise of absolutely no one, rumors
are beginning to pop up that an enhanced version is being prepared, and that it
might be revealed at either E3, San Diego Comic Con, or Tokyo Game Show this
only unsurprising because Capcom has a reputation for updates, but because MvC3
really does feel like a beta. Upon release, it had numerous, notorious glitches
(some of which were game breaking), missing online modes that have become
standard for console fighting game releases, and the
whoops-we-forgot-to-test-him character known as Sentinel. Some of these have
been patched since then, but they really shouldn't have gotten past the QA
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd | PSP
logically conclude that Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is the single reason why
the PSP is now the #1 system in Japan at the moment. It's the reason why it's
been in short supply at most major retailers in that country, and why it's even
outselling the 3DS on a weekly basis. The game has taken Japan by storm, but it
doesn't look like it'll even cause a few raindrops outside of that territory.
still a chance that it could appear at E3 for PSP, but it's very minimal at
this point. Capcom USA also hasn't published a PSP game since Monster Hunter Freedom Unite in
mid-2009, so this game could go the way of something like Last Ranker. But that's not to say we won't see the game at all;
perhaps the NGP
demonstration of MHP3rd (please pardon the horrible voice over) was a hint
that an enhanced version might be due for that system with dual analog support
(completely removing the need for "the
claw"). We already know that some
PSP games could have NGP rereleases, so here's hoping. If it doesn't,
Monster Hunter fans can feel free to join Ace Attorney fans in giving Capcom
USA the finger.
Mega Man Legends 3 | Nintendo 3DS
almost feel the panic from fans of the Mega
Man Legends games when Capcom USA's Seth Killian said MML3 was dubbed Mega
Man Legends 3 Project because it
hadn't been greenlit by Capcom's upper management yet. Both fans and the
development team have been desiring a third game in the spinoff franchise for
years -- especially since the second game ended on a cliffhanger -- and they
definitely don't want this taken away from them again.
down since then, because we've seen encouraging signs for its future. The game was supposed to make an appearance at
the event in video form, but was pulled at the last minute. The picture you see
above is from the development team, assuring fans that work on the game has
resumed after they were set back because of the Great East Japan Earthquake. It
was also announced
on the Dev Room blog just yesterday that we'll have more screen shots next
week, and that they have a special announcement to make on Thursday, April 21st.
Look forward to it!
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online
Edition | Xbox Live Arcade/Playstation Network
this one? It was announced at last year's San Diego Comic Con along with Street
Fighter x Tekken, but we've yet to see it. It was expected to make an
appearance this year, but missed the show. In fact, we haven't heard much of a
peep about it since its announcement last July. It wasn't greenlit then either,
but during that panel, producer Yoshinori Ono commented that "now
that I have announced it, the company can't stop us." But did they!?
still coming, and Ono has been assuring fans of that via some obscured screen
captures on his Twitter account. He posted this
picture of Yun artwork in February, and this picture
of Ryu less than a week ago. Perhaps it's a hint that new artwork is being
done for the win screens. That would be nice, but hopefully they'll leave the
original Daigo Ikeno artwork as an option too.
Resident Evil: Revelations | Nintendo
another game that was surprisingly absent from Captivate. Resident Evil:
Revelations is an upcoming mainline game in the Resident Evil franchise by
Capcom for 3DS. It stars both Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as playable
characters, who are pretty much the main faces of Resident Evil these days, and
it takes place before Resident Evil 5.
Though every piece of media we've seen shows the characters (though mainly
Jill) on a cruise ship, the entire game won't take place there. This game is
intended to bring survival horror back to the franchise; a lofty promise
considering how far it's veered from that course, but hopefully the developers
can capitalize on that.
But why was
it missing from the event? Who knows, but the reason is presumably that Capcom
wanted to give some attention to other Resident Evil games coming releasing;
ones that might be releasing sooner. This game is definitely the best looking
game presented for the system thus far, so many fans are looking forward to
hearing more about it. Heck, we might get more information from a random
Famitsu magazine issue soon.
If you want to get a small taste of it earlier than that, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will come with a demo for Revelations when it releases this summer. And it really is only a small taste, because the demo is reportedly only five minutes long at most.
It would be
reassuring to hear something about everything here soon, especially the
localization chances of Ace Attorney Investigations 2 and Monster Hunter
Portable 3rd on other platforms, since those are the titles whose futures are
most uncertain. You'll definitely hear about the others. Yes, including DmC.