Currently, Capcom only has one officially confirmed game in development for Nintendo’s upcoming Next Gen console the Wii U, namely Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, a remake of their 2009 Wii title Monster Hunter Tri. And while a Monster Hunter title of any stripe, even a remake of a game already itself remade once previously, is nothing to sneeze at (particularly in terms of the Japanese gaming audience), the fact remains that there is currently a paucity of announced support for the Wii U coming from Capcom at the moment. And it was this very paucity that Capcom USA’s senior vice-president Christian Svensson addressed today when discussing the company’s future plans for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console.
Both sets of statements where made via replies for members on the forums of the Capcom Unity site. They both follow in their entirety.
Interesting statements I suppose although they smell somewhat of spin as well. At the risk of the very over-analyzing that Svensson himself commented on, I feel I would be remiss in failing to point out that the way Svensson phrases himself above does not actually come out and confirm that Capcom is indeed actively working on any other Wii U games at the moment. The implication in placing the term ‘other projects’ in the same sentence as ‘MH3 Ultimate‘ is that said projects are for the Wii U as well but it could just as easily refer to the myriad of other titles for everything from the 3DS to the PS3 also currently in development from Capcom. In other words, it is essentially a turn of phrase that gives both Svensson and the company wiggle room depending on how events develop.
And remember that Capcom has a long history of making claims of support for upcoming and/or new consoles that ultimately lead to long wait times in terms of such support arriving (if it ever does) if the console is not an immediate hit. Basically, there is every possibility that it could be a while before we start regularly seeing Capcom titles on the Wii U. Do I think this likely? Since at the moment the greater amount of focus for what by Capcom’s own admission is their “largest brand” is being directed toward Nintendo consoles (do not forget, the previously announced Monster Hunter 4 has been confirmed as (initially at least) 3DS exclusive), no not really. But it remains a real possibility all the same.
I would have thought at the very least, for example, that Capcom would have been quick to announce a port of their big new hit would-be franchise Dragon’s Dogma for the Wii U. It is the kind of release that would make plenty of sense and it is not like the company has proven itself adverse to multiple ports of the same game in the past or present. And who knows, maybe such an announcement is forthcoming. Time will tell. Whatever the case, stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of all things Capcom and Wii U related and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.