Capcom says that we won’t be seeing anything Darkstalkers-related for a while.
Capcom’s fighting game manager Matt Dahlgren spoke with Siliconera recently and said that Darkstalkers Resurrection didn’t live up to their expectations.
“Darkstalkers Resurrection did not perform as well as we would have liked to perform,” he said. “You never know what the future may hold, but Street Fighter is definitely not dead.”
… um… well, obviously Street Fighter isn’t dead when you’re releasing a new version of the game 🙄 Anyhoo…
When asked about all the news popping up about a new Darkstalkers game in the works, Dahlgren replied, “There is nothing Darkstalkers on the immediate horizon for sure.”
Capcom said a while back that the sales of Darkstalkers Resurrection would determine whether or not they would push forward with Darkstalkers 4. Capcom US then-Senior Vice President Christian Svensson said back in April that sales of their fighting game HD re-releases haven’t been doing well lately and that they will start to slow those down. Also, back in March (shortly after the game was released), Darkstalkers Resurrection managed to reach 7th on the PSN digital sales at one point, which was then deemed “not good enough”. This begs the question of how well they expected the game to sell in the first place, given the current state of the fighting game scene (too… many… GAMES!).
But ya know what would’ve probably sold much better and pull all the old Darkstalkers fans AND rope in new ones? A brand new Darkstalkers game that’s given the Street Fighter IV treatment. No, really. Fans have been asking for a new game in the series to keep it going for God knows how long. You have no idea how long I’ve been wondering what’s gonna happen with that freaky Demon God Fetus that Jedah’s been hoarding. I mean, it’s implied that it’ll fight Donovan’s travelling companion, Anita, at some point but… damn it, I wanna see it happen! 😯
Anyhoo, I think Capcom got it backwards this time.
Release a new game in the franchise that has the same insanity and fast-paced feel of the previous games, all done-up and pretty like. Then new fans will get drawn in, and start to get curious about the older entries. They’ll try and track them down; get ’em on PSN as PSOne Classics and such, then maybe start asking about the possibility of bringing out the older games on the new systems with a fresh coat of paint. THAT’S when you’d bust out the idea of an HD Collection, perhaps ask the community if they’d like to see one, and BAM!
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