Gamescom 2012: Capcom Betting on Remember Me as Major New Franchise
Just as Quantic Dream’s Beyond and Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs blew people’s minds when they were unveiled at June’s E3 conference in LA, Capcom’s made similar waves with the debut of the Dontnod-developed Remember Me at Gamescom this week. Ever since the first trailers made their way online from the conference floor, it’s been one of the more fascinating titles in terms of the details that spill out about it. Simply put, this thing’s got some major buzz going.
The folks over at Joystiq caught up with Capcom senior producer Mat Hart at Gamescom and asked about the game, and the publisher’s plans to make the new IP a successful franchise. One of the key factors is that the game is set to come out in May 2013, smack dab in the middle of plenty of other releases, but still ahead of the presumed launches of Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen consoles:
“The thing is, if you leave it too late into next year, then you are starting to straddle that line where you’re starting to move into the next generation consoles. And what we wanna do is make sure we launch this on the current generation of consoles, to really sell it in, and establish it as a new IP. And then build the franchise out in line with the new consoles coming out.
You’ve seen the footage we’ve released of the game, and it’s easy to see that Remember Me has the hallmark qualities of a top tier title. So we’re very confident it competes in that particular landscape.”
It makes sense, especially considering that Dontnod’s been working on this for current-gen systems for a few years now. They’ll be releasing it just in time, really. This holiday season, I think, will be the current-gen’s last hurrah, but so many triple-A titles have been pushed back to 2013 that many publishers are going to be putting out some of their best stuff next year. It makes sense for Remember Me to shoot for a period when there’s still several months before new systems could come out.
I’m looking forward to this thing, for sure. Thoughts?