Capcom has a lot of big plans for the future and revealed many of them in today’s panel. While some of the information discussed is stuff the gaming community already knew (e.g., Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite DLC characters, Monster Hunter World‘s new monsters and locations, the announcement of the Puzzle Fighter mobile game and Okami HD for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4), the new information looked promising.
I’m sure many people have already heard about, or at least expected, Street Fighter V Arcade Edition, which is an updated version of Street Fighter V with all the currently available character packs and costumes. However, when the game releases on January 16th, several updates will be ported over to the base version of Street Fighter V, which means gamers who want to experience these changes won’t have to buy a new version of the game (again). The most important changes revolve around arcade mode, because Arcade Edition will actually ship with this mode. Unlike other arcade modes that force players down a set path, Street Fighter V‘s will feature branching paths players can explore to mix up who they fight. By participating in arcade mode and exploring new paths, players can earn in-game money and unlock new costumes, none of which can be purchased with real money. Moreover, arcade mode comes with a ranking system that lets players compete for high score, and the winner will (obviously) receive a special reward in the form of an in-game title. Oh, and the barrel bonus stage is finally making a comeback. Now all we need is the car destruction bonus stage.
Capcom’s biggest announcements were about its two zombie game franchises, Dead Rising and Resident Evil. Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package (why yes, that is a double entendre) will be released December 5th on the PlayStaition 4 with all the game’s current DLC, updates, and gear, including the ridiculously-named Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf DLC and the new Capcom Heroes DLC. Normally, costumes are completely cosmetic and offer no bonuses in Dead Risnig, but Capcom Heroes lets Frank West finally channel the powers of various Capcom characters by wearing their clothes. At first, Capcom only announced the inclusion of Street Fighter‘s Cammy, Mega Man X‘s X, and Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective‘s Sissel, but attendants of the panel witnessed the reveal of four new costumes: Classic Frank, Zombie Frank (I’m sure you know what powers they have), Adam the Clown, and Devil May Cry‘s Dante. And no, this isn’t the crass and juvenile DMC: Devil May Cry Dante but the suave, upbeat, and hammy Dante fans know and love, complete with white hair. Oh, and each hero costume has their own associated missions players can complete for upgrades. I can’t wait to see what other costumes make it into this DLC. My money’s on Ghosts ‘n Goblins‘ Firebrand.
Capcom ended the panel with some big Resident Evil news, starting with Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition. As is standard with game of the year re-releases, Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition will come with all available DLC, including the free Not a Hero DLC that stars Resident Evil alum Chris Redfield. Gold Edition will also include the just-announced End of Zoe mission DLC that follows Zoe and continues/finishes the Resident Evil 7 story. Moreover, Capcom discussed the recently announced Resident Evil Revelations Collection for the Nintendo Switch. While gamers can expect both Resident Evil Revelations games in the bundle, Capcom revealed two new mini-games, one per game, in the panel. Resident Evil Revelations will feature the light-gun-like Ghost Ship Panic during leading screens, while Resdient Evil Revelations 2 will include the hidden game Ghouls and Homunculi, which as the name suggests is a reskinned version of Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Quite frankly it’s about time we got another entry in the franchise, and Ghouls and Homunculi just might be the catalyst to convince Capcom to finally make one.
The World of Capcom panel demonstrated the company is moving forward and dedicated to delivering fun and enjoyable games. I especially look forward to the End of Zoe DLC, because Resident Evil 7 is the best Capcom game in a long time.