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Fighting games have seen an enormous wellspring of attention from the community at large over the past five years. The resurgence was spurred in large part by Street Fighter IV, which is about to get yet another iteration.
Unfortunately for fans, Darkstalkers Resurrection didn't garner quite as much enthusiasm as Capcom had hoped. The title failed to reach sales expectations, and the publisher has unfortunately decided to put the franchise back in cold storage.
Our TakeI've seen a number of people wondering how Capcom can make this decision based on an old game simply re-released in HD. If you take a look at Capcom's recent track record, it includes a number of HD updates. Resident Evil has had two, Devil May Cry has a collection, and entries in the Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom series have been up-rezzed.
Capcom has enough historical data to know how these HD releases should perform. If Darkstalkers didn't bring in the revenue was anticipated, there is no way that gamers can expect the publisher to put money behind a brand new title in the series.
Especially given Capcom's recent financial problems, a fairly weak slate of upcoming retail titles, and their expectation that costs are going to rise significantly in the next generation, caution is called for. Regardless, this is a disappointing turn of events for fans.
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Problem with this is that they released all of the Darkstalkers games before the HD remake. Second thing the HD resurrection wasn't updated or bugs fixed. Hey Capcom if you put out crap no one buys it!
I bought this game on XBLA this year during a sale. I've played online and Arcade mode. Yet the horrible Tutorial Mode with it's insane set of trials for the characters again proved to be a thorn in my side. The good thing is that you can switch from Darkstalkers 1 to Darkstalkers 3 with no problem. You can upload matches to YouTube, a la SF3 Third Strike HD, but the achievement system is a tough nut to crack. You'll have to play hundreds of matches just to get enough points to level up & unlock decent stuff from the vault. At least in regards to this, Capcom was thinking of the fans. It's too bad Resurrection didn't meet their expectations. So it's a no go for Darkstalkers IV with the Street Fighter IV engine.
This probably has to do with Capcom expecting each of their titles to sell millions of copies per game, also,how can a game that has been consistently on PSN's top ten bestsellers be disappointing?