Despite Remember Me not even having a firm release date, it would seem Capcom are already planning to turn the game into a series. The new IP was revealed at Gamescom and has impressed us ever since with a series of gameplay videos showing combo editors, brawling and some seriously slick sci-fi locations.
At the end of the day, new IPs are risky ventures and it’s not really surprising that Capcom aren’t planning a one-off title.
In a recent interview published in MCV magazine (Issue 708), Capcom’s Michael Pattison said, “It is Capcom’s IP and we do intend to work on it for a long time to come,” and “We see a long-term future in it and we’re going to invest appropriately.”
Resident Evil is running out of ideas (but still selling loads), so Capcom do need a new series to sink their teeth into, as Devil May Cry won’t be enough to run a business on. Remember Me bears a few resemblances to Assassin’s Creed and it’s that sort of market they seem keen to reach.
Pattison also waved away concerns that it’s a bit late in the current generations console cycle for a new IP. Gamers are craving new hardware but, “Rather than waiting for waiting for next-gen it was a case of: ‘Look, it’s ready, let’s get it out because consumers are looking for something new.”
Seeing as Microsoft and Sony are keeping quiet about their future consoles we’re inclined to agree with Pattison. New names in games are great any time, but especially now. Our main concern is that sometimes a series can stretch itself a little thin in order to provide sequels. Assassin’s Creed is an example of this, but at least that seems to have gotten back on track for Assassin’s Creed III.