There was a time when word of Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami making a survival action game featuring DINOSAURS set loose on a secret lab on a remote island made gamers moist. That turned into Dino Crisis, a potential new franchise pillar for publisher Capcom. Then they started exploring even more intense combat through Onimusha, where the most popular entries featured the likenesses of esteemed actors from Japanese cinema like Takeshi Kaneshiro; heck the third game even starrred everyone's favorite Professional, Jean Reno.
The series jumped the shark right around here.
There was hype behind both franchises, at least in the past. Unfortunately the scene is quieter now for both, compared to the continuing popularity of other Capcom IP like Devil May Cry and of course Resident Evil. Christian Svensson, Capcom's VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development, explains that while Dino Crisis and Onimusha have not been abandoned, the company just can't settle on what it needs to do to reinvigorate both franchises, especially in light of slow sales for their most recent entries.
Speaking to IGN, Svensson concedes that the desire has not yet been resparked to make either IP more "compelling and contemporary" against competing software these days. Resurrecting the franchises will be a lot tougher now, particularly given Capcom's newfound drive to seriously up the ante in production quality through collaboration with studios worldwide, so any new titles will need to be standout material.
Svensson waxes poetic when explaining that franchises like Dino Crisis will need an "internal champion with something incredible" to bring them back up to speed. Hear that? That's what Onimusha and Dino Crisis needs: a rock star game developer to rescue them from the Jaws of Oblivion.