Capcom wasn't in a great place as 2016 came to a close. That year was meant to be Street Fighter's triumphant current-generation debut, but sales were sluggish and hardcore fans were pissed at its multitude of technical problems. Elsewhere, Mega Man was dead, Resident Evil was still struggling to recover from the disastrous Resident Evil 6, and Dead Rising 4 and Umbrella Corps were being hammered by critics. It had been that kind of generation.
Since then, though, Capcom has started to turn things around. Monster Hunter: World, Capcom's bestselling game of all time, is celebrating its first anniversary and should remain strong through Iceborne's release this fall. Resident Evil 2 is enjoying critical acclaim and strong sales. Devil May Cry 5 launches in March, marking the return of another fan-favorite franchise.
After a rough start to the PS4/Xbox One era, it feels like Capcom is finally back on track. So what's changed? The answer is pretty simple: classic franchises.