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LightofDarkness  +   991d ago
I see where you're coming from, and I thought you were going to touch on a recent worry of mine.

The biggest problem I have with these reboots is what happens if a reboot fails (i.e. commercial failure, publishers don't care if a game is great, only if it sells)? I think that means the franchise, in its entirety, is over. Some seem to think that DmC failing would open up Capcom's eyes to the devotion of their existing fan-base, but that won't happen. Capcom is a business. DmC failing would prove to Capcom that DmC, as a franchise, has no more potential to attract new customers or grow, and is therefore dead-weight. It will be effectively dead, its IP shelved and its more recognizable faces may be occasionally trotted out to add a hint of charm and fan-service to more successful franchises (or to attract die-hards to new ones).

This is why reboots make me increasingly nervous, especially when they're being trotted out somewhat carelessly like it's en vogue somehow. Once a reboot fails, corporate types will see that as a franchise that's failed and it will be severed like a gangrenous limb. And they wouldn't be wrong, most of the time. Why should they devote millions to a project that will only have less fanfare or audience than likely any previous release?

Basically, I wish people like Capcom would err on the side of caution before they commit to projects like DmC. Seriously, does anyone think Bionic Commando is coming back? What about the Blue Bomber after the inevitable Megaman reboot (which will almost assuredly flop if they try to appeal to mature/western audiences)?

They will slowly kill off any and all of their weight in franchise gold and then evaporate, but not before the damage is done.
DragonKnight  +   991d ago
That's the thing with these corporate types, lately they haven't done their due diligence when green lighting projects like DmC. There isn't enough market research being done to see if "hey, there must be plenty of fans of Devil May Cry out there, let's see what their opinion would be on some ideas we have to take the franchise in a different direction." Instead they fly in, head first, and just expect everyone to accept the "it's our IP and we're doing whatever the hell we want and you have no choice but to like it" style of attitude. Then people wonder why there is such a huge backlash.

I think you're right about DMC and it's something I've been afraid of too. Capcom couldn't see that it was THEIR fault DMC4 was so poorly received. They think they did everything right and it was just the fans that lost interest. But that couldn't be further from the truth, and if DmC fails to meet financial goals then it's more likely that they'll think everyone has lost interest in Devil May Cry altogether instead of asking themselves "gee, you think maybe we went a little too far, or maybe went in the wrong direction?"

Guaranteed Megaman is getting the next reboot soon, it will likely be met with a lot of back lash, and I can't wait to see the double standards fly when that happens. Capcom cancelled Megaman Legends 3, there's no doubt in my mind they would cancel Megaman altogether because it's not being eaten up by everyone.
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DarkBlood  +   991d ago
that would seem like it, its like this i think

"its either done thier way ,not the fans way or bust"
s45gr32  +   990d ago
Agreed, mainstream game publishers just look at the finance not what the gamers want or get in touch or feedback
from gamers. That is the problem right there.
The_Devil_Hunter  +   987d ago
Look at my username. It was obviously inspired by the Devil May Cry series. Im 20 years now. I have been with DMC since the 2001 when I was nine, ever since then I fell in love with character. In the eyes of a 9 year old boy Dante was a dream character. He was everything I wanted from a fictional hero. He was my idol as a boy, (as silly as that sounds). And my childhood memories were vanished since they decided to reboot the series. My favorite character and series was forever gone. It was the whole reason I became a core gamer. And it sucks that the next generation of gamers are going to grow up thinking this is what and who Dante is. A scrony bad mouthed british american hybrid. What a way to ruin a series. From now on, I kind of lost my interest for gaming in some way.
s45gr32  +   990d ago
Anoter great blog in order for a reboot of say game franchise it to be successful it needs the feedback, criticism of the fans of say franchise without it it
TruthbeTold  +   990d ago
Kind of like the way comics do constantly. Starting comics over at 'issue #1' all of the time, or killing off characters, or changing things fundamentally in order to try and cater to people they want to try to attract to the book, rather than the constant fans whom they feel they can take for granted.

'F'em. They're going to buy it anyway. Let's go completely against their wishes and hope it gets those people over there to buy our product!'

That of course is the right of any company. But when those reboots fail, they shouldn't expect their old loyal fans to remain as loyal as they were before.
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Roccetarius  +   990d ago
Tomb Raider Reboot initially had me interested, but now i see what it is. I won't be getting it myself.

Touching on DmC, DMC 4 could've been much, much improved. Capcom shot themselves in the foot, because they scrapped a lot of content.
e-p-ayeaH  +   989d ago
DMC reboot was just a test to see if sales numbers would go up after DMC4 and apparently it did went up.

DMC4 just sold badly because it was still 2008 many people still didn't owned hd consoles to begin with plus it wasnt that great of a game so there´s that.
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DragonKnight  +   989d ago
Umm, according to admittedly unconfirmed rumours, DmC is currently the worst selling Devil May Cry game out now so, I don't think the reboot is successful in that sense. And in all honesty, they couldn't have picked a worse way to test interest through sales than with this unnecessary and unwanted reboot. The writing is on the wall for the older franchise I'm afraid.
Flatbattery  +   989d ago
I'm increasingly of the opinion that the old Devil May Cry is gone, and however much it pains me I'm forced to accept it.

As you stated, if the reboot is successful it will be continued but unfortunately if it's a failure I'm sure the whole franchise will be shelved. For those who aren't keen on the reboot it's a lose-lose situation. Sad times indeed.

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