After 30 years at Capcom, Street Fighter series Executive Producer Yoshinori Ono will be leaving the company.
Ono announced that he will be stepping down and will sadly not be able to continue the ever iconic “Shoryuken” chant during live events. He extends his thanks to the community, saying that “My heart is filled with appreciation to those players who’ve been giving warm and kind support on the brand especially little over the past decade or so as all the activities on the Street Fighter brand regained sunshine and grew its liveliness.”
Even AEW superstar and all around gamer Kenny Omega bid Ono a farewell, alluding to the moment they shared superkick moment during the Capcom Cup 2019 festivities.
Netflix and Capcom are teaming up to bring Dragon’s Dogma, the classic PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game from 2012, back into our screens in the form of an anime adaptation.
In an announcement by Netflix, the action fantasy title will start streaming on September 17. This series is produced by Sublimation, who did work on Ghost in the Shell Arise OAV, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo Movie, and One Piece Film Gold Movie among others.
A story overview from an official press release reads as follows:
After more than 100 years, the dragon suddenly appeared and consumed the village.
Ethan confronts the dragon to protect his beloved family, but his heart was taken by the dragon. Ethan, who seemed to have died, revives as the “Arisen” and embarks on a journey to regain his heart with Hannah, the Pawn who suddenly appeared in front of Ethan.
While continuing the journey, Ethan will battle with monsters that embody the seven deadly sins, but each time he defeats the monster, he himself will also gradually lose his humanity…
Hunters, ready to answer the call once again? Monster Hunter World Iceborne’s latest free update is dropping soon, beginning with returning fan favorite monster Alatreon on July 9, 2020.
The developers at Capcom were so excited to bring you the juicy bits in a special developer diary, detailing what they have in store for all of you who can’t get enough of the thrill of the hunt.
Check out the video below:
New monster, Alatreon
Beginning with the most obvious reveal, Alatreon will be the next monster on everyone’s hitlist when it drops on July 9, 2020. But being the terrifying boss of Monster Hunter Tri that he is, Alatreon will definitely NOT go quietly, as explained by the devs.
Hunters will need to bring their A-game for this hunt as Alatreon is still able to change Elemental properties at will, shifting between Fire, Ice, and Dragon. Not only that but his strengths and weaknesses will also change according to his current Element. And that’s just half of what hunters will need to worry about.
When changing between elements, Alatreon will let out a devastating attack called the Escaton Judgment that has a wide area of effect and is capable of draining two (Yes two!) full life bars. The developers however gave a tip that to weaken the impact of the Escaton Judgment you must attack Alatreon with its current elemental weakness. It’s really sounding like Alatreon will not be easy to bring down, but the rewards look promising enough to press on.
Alatreon Armor Set
When you do bring down this beast, here’s what hunters can expect should they want to complete the whole Alatreon armor set. Both male and female sets look quite stunning and really bring out the Alatreon’s scaly design. The same can be said with the Palico set. But that’s not all.
All you hunters who work with elemental damage may find this armor useful as equipping two pieces will net you the armor’s unique set bonus. To put it simply, not only will it boost up all your elemental resistance, but the set bonus will also increase the elemental damage of the weapon you’re using, depending on what elemental property it has.
New Monster, Frostfang Barioth
The newest monster variant also revealed during this Developer Diary is the Frostfang Barioth.
Sporting a more rugged and menacing look judging from the messed up fur and eerie glowing eyes, this Barioth variant will have more powerful ice attacks as its breath can freeze the ground you’re standing on, and even deal iceblight status ailment.
Ready your ice resistance equipment to fight this monster beginning August 7 to 19 as an Event Quest as a Tempered monster.
Frostfang Barioth Armor Set
Here’s what you can wear when you get enough materials from this Barioth Variant. Sporting a more heavy armor look for both male and female sets, the armor set really reflects the Frostfang Barioth icy and ferocious demeanor… in other words, it looks badass! Even the Palico set looks stylish.
The bonus skills may also be useful to most hunters. Great Sword users will be happy to know that equipping just one piece of the armor set will give you Punishing Draw right off the bat, and being able to deal increased damage along with a stun effect on your draw sounds like the right fit for a Great Sword. On the other hand, equipping 3 pieces will grant hunters Slugger secret which basically lets weapon that normally don’t stun deal stun damage.
Sizzling Spice Fest Event
Also revealed in the Developer Diary, Monster Hunter’s next major event will be the Sizzling Spice Fest which has more of a Brazilian carnival motif to it. That would explain why the Pukei-Pukei is at the center of the theme on account of the monster’s colorful design. And like past events the hub and all its staff will be dressed for the occasion.
As expected of the event’s theme, it’s pretty safe to assume you’ll earn tickets to craft these colorful armor sets that just screams samba. Palicoes won’t be left out as you can craft Pukei-Pukei themed armors for them.
And of course the Handler and everyone’s favorite pig Poogie aren’t left out as they’re also dressed for the occasion. Poogie is already cute but that Kulu Ya Ku themed piggy costume just ups the cuteness even more.
Those of you who also like to play with snowmen will be getting a treat as even the snowmen will be given the Sizzling Spice Fest makeover.
Not only that, but also expect to craft these new, and a bit disturbing, new gears for your hunters. Yes, when we said disturbing, we mean those Kelbi and Aptonoth heads. They’re still awesome though. At least there’s those cute bunny ears or that Gold Pearl Snatcher head accessory.
And we can’t forget these new mug shaped Dual Blades. Who says you can’t drink on the job now.
Feast on hearty meat meals and party on in your best samba gear when the Sizzling Spice Fest drops from July 22 to August 6.
Upcoming Updates and Add-Ons
The developers also announcement lots of new features that hunters will find useful and even enjoy.
Those of you having a hard time finding that certain monster in the Guiding Lands will be happy to know that you can now craft Special Tracks to lure specific monsters, provided that you have the necessary materials and that you’ve already encountered said monster in the Guiding Lands.
There’s going to be some new pendants like these butterflies and fulgurbugs, as well as more new room decors to customize your room with. New Guild and Squad cards, some reflecting the festivities, will also be available.
Finally the Developer Diary presentation concluded with a look on what’s coming up next on the roadmap, and your attention surely must have went to those spots that say “Returning Monster” and “Master Rank Layered Armor,” because who doesn’t get excited speculating what new monster will be coming to Iceborne. Not to mention to be able to wear your favorite Master Rank armor sets as cosmetics.
The next update is packed with content that hunters would want to look forward to when it hits starting July 9!
With Village being a direct sequel from RE7, expect the same first person view but the producers have made it clear thatthe system has greatly evolved, so we can expect some changes and better implementation. Along with the first person point of view, inventory management and puzzles are also making a return.
Lastly, its been confirmed that Village will be exclusive to next generation consoles, for both PS5 and Series X, pointing to a more immersive experience due to the audio visual upgrade and the near removal of loading times.
Resident Evil 8, or as it is now called, Resident Evil: Village is no longer a rumor. Officially announced during the PlayStation 5 reveal event and it is looking as scary as ever, steeped in witchcraft and will be bringing back Ethan from Resident Evil 7 and the iconic Chris Redfield.
Check out the creepy announcement trailer below:
In line with the announcement, a special developer message from Tsuyoshi Kanda and Pete Fabiano, both producers for the upcoming title, goes on the record to say that this new game will be “upping the ante on action a bit”.
They also go on to say that “Realistic graphics and immersive audio coupled with no load times will really draw you into the world we’ve created for Resident Evil Village”.
Ikumi Nakamura wants a new Okami game and plans to pitch it to Capcom.
Yes, that Ikumi Nakamura. The lead art design for The Evil Within 1 and 2 who has been a beloved personality in the industry, particularly because of the E3 2019 Ghostwire Tokyo presentation where she charmed her way into the hearts of everyone.
In an interview with IGN Japan, Nakamura reveals that “a new Okami game is the project that she wants to make a reality the most.” and after the quarantine situation, she plans to visit Capcom and pitch the idea.
You can view the whole interview session below, which mostly was comprised of fan questions, but the topic about Okami begins at around the 41:15 mark.
Nakamura says that she does not mind her role if the project comes to fruition, as long as she gets to work on it, and wanted Hideki Kamiya (the original director) to direct it.
“Originally there was a lot of Okami that has not yet been told – there is still a lot to tell in that universe,”
Resident Evil 8 rumors have been churning for quite a while now but none as ‘solid’, if you might say, as this one.
A German retailer called GamesOnly recently put out a listing for Resident Evil 8 which includes concept box art (not final) accompanied by a tagline – “darkest and cruelest addition to the franchise.”
To sweeten the deal, known insider AestheticGamer claims that the reveal of the game will happen during the PS5 event, which he says that the recent sale of Resident Evil titles and the biggest discount for Resident Evil 7 (50% off at the PlayStation Store) were supposed to accompany the reveal.
He also goes on to say that he is “mighty positive” that the PS5 event will include the RE8 reveal for multiple reasons.
Of course, as always, grain of salt until an official announcement comes from Capcom.
We won’t have to wait long for the PlayStation 5 event, which is now scheduled for June 11 and will showcase a lineup of games that fans are extremely excited about. If Resident Evil 8 is indeed part of the list, then the showcase will surely be a big one.
The Resident Evil remakes have had its share of success, but one franchise that has been on everyone’s wish list for a long time now is Dino Crisis. While Resident Evil 4 is rumored to make its way back, a lot of gamers out there (including us) would love to see Dino Crisis back in the spotlight.
A recent youtube video from Liam Robertson, from the channel Did You Know Gaming?, has been published and it mostly talks about the troubled franchise Dead Rising. While that is an interesting topic in its own right, tidbits in the video show that Dino Crisis was pitched for a revival but didn’t make it past that phase.
You can view the video in its entirety below:
Starting at around the 12:40 mark, the video shares that Capcom Vancouver had submitted various new game pitches back in 2013 – 2014 for new reimaginings of classic franchises like Resident Evil X, a supposed action centered spinoff, and a Dino Crisis revival for modern consoles, both of which were shut down by Capcom even during the pitch phase. A side scrolling Mega Man title and an Onimusha game were also included in the pitches that were denied the green light.
That’s not to say that it won’t ever happen, especially after how much success the recent Resident Evil remakes gathered. Whether a remaster or a remake, fans are certain to take in a new Dino Crisis game without question, as it remains a favorite even up to now. All it needs is a go signal from Capcom.
Apart from Resident Evil 2, which was remade to major success and acclaim, one title in the series that many would agree deserves the same treatment would be Resident Evil 4.
We had written a couple of months back about VGC spilling some beans on the remake and that Capcom is actually in the process of working on it, with the release window being set for 2022. More importantly, the project has reportedly received the blessing of the original director Shinji Mikami.
In an interview with IGN, Shinji Mikami breaks his silence about the rumored remake. Mikami had seen how well the Resident Evil 2 remake did and personally thought that it was very good and when asked about if he had any issues about Resident Evil 4 being remade by a new team, his answer was very short and straight to the point.
“As long as it turns out good I have no issues with it.”
Is it confirmation? Not really, but logic points to a Resident Evil 4 remake being a matter of when and not if, given the success of the recent remakes. It would also be a great showcase of the next generation consoles, using one of the most successful Resident Evil titles as possibly the first next generation game from the franchise.
Mikami also shared a story about cutting certain content from the original Resident Evil 4, saying “I had no intention of making it a long game. It’s just that after we put everything I wanted into the game, it ended up becoming a long game. We actually took out a lot of content.” Mikami continues to say that “There’s a castle stage, which I think we threw out about 40% of. The space was too big with a lot of blocked off areas that lacked freshness and just wasn’t fun. Also, [we removed it] because we couldn’t make it within the time we had to develop the game. Those were the two reasons for taking that section out of the game.”
Do you wish for Resident Evil 4 to be remade or do you think that Resident Evil 4 should be left alone? Let us know in the comments!
With no sure sign of the lockdown being lifted anytime soon, get ready to hunker down and play some more games while you’re at it. Thankfully, there are a ton of crazy good deals out there to provide you with some ammo.
Case in point, this huge Capcom sale going on right now for the Switch and even some titles for the 3DS! From Devil May Cry to Mega Man and even the Resident Evil series, add some gems to your growing digital collection of games.
Hurry though, promo period is only up to April 28! You can view the full list of titles on sale below:
Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Devil May Cry – $11.99 (was $19.99)
Devil May Cry 2 – $11.99 (was $19.99)
Devil May Cry 3 – $14.99 (was $29.99)
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – $14.99 (was $29.99)
Mega Man Legacy Collection – $9.89 (was $14.99)
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Mega Man X Legacy Collection – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 – $9.99 (was $19.99)