Capcom has enjoyed a productive Tokyo Game Show, announcing several new titles.
Fantasy action game Asura’s Wrath is headed to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Boasting an art style reminiscent of Capcom’s own Super Street Fighter IV, it appears to be a lightning fast third person combat title in which a bestial protagonist faces overwhelming odds with the assistance of at least one gargantuan deity. The game is being developed by CyberConnect2, a studio known primarily in the west for its work with the Naruto licence.
Capcom is offering Ninja Theory the chance to reboot a once mighty franchise with the redundantly titled DmC Devil May Cry for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Iconic series protagonist Dante has undergone what is certain to be a divisive redesign. The muscular champion with the scarlet coat and flowing white mane is out. In his place, we have a scrawny and sadistic youth with a complexion that suggests that his favourite haunt is the local methadone clinic. One thing that hasn’t changed is Dante’s capacity to dispatch demons with gravity defying aplomb.
The success of Dead Rising 2: Case Zero has convinced Capcom to commence work on a second self-contained downloadable expansion. Dead Rising 2: Case West will see current leading man Chuck Greene attempt to clear his name with the assistance of original Dead Rising protagonist Frank West. Like its predecessor, Case West will be an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive.
Capcom also unveiled the Kinect compatible sequel Steel Battalion Heavy Armour, which we covered in our Microsoft roundup earlier in the week.
While Microsoft, Sony, SEGA and Capcom were the headline acts at this year’s show, a handful of interesting announcements emerged from other publishers.
EA unveiled two original properties, including Shadows of the Damned a third person action horror title from Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture. It’s on its way to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2011 and, frankly, it looks ridiculous. Badass protagonist Garcia Hotspur pops wheelies on his motorcylce, wastes demons with a skull shaped shotgun and fires off dialogue like “Let the bloodbath begin!”
If Shadows of the Damned doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, why not consider My Garden? Exclusive to Nintendo’s forthcoming 3DS handheld, this is a colourful gardening sim with mass market appeal. Players will be challenged to transform a range of environments into beautiful habitants for birds, bees and butterflies.
Namco Bandai thrilled its fans with the announcement of a sequel to one of the original PlayStation’s most beloved fighting games. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is coming to Japanese arcades in 2011. The publisher is yet to announce a western arcade release or a port to consoles. As always, the latter seems more likely than the former.
Finally, Tecmo Koei confirmed that work has commenced on Ninja Gaiden 3. It will be the first entirely new Ninja Gaiden game to emerge from Team Ninja since the departure of outspoken designer Tomonobu Itagaki.