Rumor: Lost Planet 3 Devs To Revive Onimusha
Could Capcom’s Onimusha series of historical action/adventure games be making a comeback? It may indeed be so, based on information tucked into the November issue of PSM3 about what Lost Planet 3 devs Spark Unlimited has in the works. Obviously, Lost Planet 3 and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z are on coming, but they’re also being tasked by Capcom with the reboot of an unnamed adventure series. Based on previous Capcom statements, The Silent Chief thinks it might be Onimusha.
The statement in question comes from 2010, when Capcom, speaking to IGN, said about Onimusha that “it is not forgotten internally, there are discussions that go on, but I don’t think anyone has sort has come up with the ‘that’s it’ idea of how to get the game back up to 3 or 4 million units. You may see some things of the brand pop up in the future, I can’t say what, but there are certainly discussions about it.”
The Onimusha series features figures from Japanese history, with their stories retold with supernatural elements. The first game takes place during the warring states period, when Japan was carved up between rival warlords; the period ended in 1600 with the ascension of Ieyasu Tokugawa to the Shogunate. Subsequent games followed from there. The last was produced in 2006 and since then, the series has been dormant.
I never quite got into them myself; I found them to be a bit too tailored for the Japanese gamer (not a bad thing, just that Japanese gamers have different expectations than we do here. See also Fantasy, Final). But this is kind of cool news, if it pans out. There’s a kind of revival of historical themes in games, and I’d love to see it continues.