"The goal for Dead Rising 2
is to replace the Resident Evil
franchise and become the number one IP within Capcom," Keiji Inafune told Eurogamer
. It's a lofty claim -- according to Capcom's own data
, Street Fighter
is the company's top franchise. Still, taking down the Resident Evil
franchise first is no easy task. Unlike Capcom's other properties, the company's original survival-horror game has the mainstream appeal to support three successful Hollywood adaptations (with a fourth one opening this week). The last iteration of the series sold over 5 million copies. Dead Rising
, on the other hand, sold 1.6 million.
has big shoes to fill, but it's that lofty ambition that pushes good game design, Inafune argues. "Unless you have a big goal to strive for, you can't create a good game. Therefore, if the Dead Rising
franchise takes over the Resident Evil
franchise, a new game I come up with will obviously strive to go over Dead Rising
. That's the goal I set out for any title I decide to create."
If Dead Rising 2
becomes the success Inafune wants it to be, we wonder what the next big idea from Capcom will be. Another IP with even more