Capcom Punching Out Some Big Titles
There is a heap of news coming out of Capcom during the Tokyo Game Show and it has taken me a few days to fully absorb and digest it. But I hope this should be understandable… Capcom remains one of the few game companies that whenever they say something, I sit up and take full notice. So here are a few key bits of news from the Tokyo Game Show.
Street Fighter 6
It is no secret that I have immense love for Street Fighter, even as it continually punishes me for whiffing moves. Everything that I have seen from SF6 has been exciting – the new look, the new systems, the active esports-style commentary during each match. And now the return of some classic characters, including my absolute favourite, Ken? I do not know how much more hype about this game I can get.
Resident Evil Village
I have not been keeping up with the RE franchise over the last few iterations. And funnily enough, at this point, I am probably more familiar with the movie timeline (I am an unapologetic fan of all the live-action films). But RE Village was highly regarded. So extra content in the form of the Winters’ Expansion, and extension into new platforms such as the Mac and Switch is only a good thing.
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak
More MH is also always a good thing. It has been a while since I last sunk my teeth deep into a MH game (my last proper one was Monster Hunter World), but Rise has been exceptionally well received. And there is something about playing this franchise on a handheld that just feels so right. I recall sweet memories of lying in bed, grinding on a PSP. It is only a matter of time before I sink back into this world and the latest Title Update seems like the perfect place to do it – new monsters, new quests, new weapon upgrades and new functions to customise weapon cosmetics equals *chef kiss*.
Exoprimal targets everything I love about video games – shooting down hordes of enemies with friends, team PvP matches. And when a game cannot give me mechs, I will happily take exosuits.
Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection
In the words of young people nowadays, if you know you know. Mega Man Battle Network has been a fan favourite for years, and calls for a re-master have finally been answered. Not much is known about this release other than it will be a 10-game collection (which was previously announced in a Nintendo Partners Mini-Direct) and that there will be online battling and chip trading. I am looking forward to learning more!
Capcom Spotlights a Bright Future for Street Fighter™, Resident Evil™, Monster Hunter™,Exoprimal™, and Mega Man™ at Tokyo Game Show 2022
Sydney, Australia – September 16th, 2022 – Tokyo Game Show 2022 has been an electric event for gamers and Capcom fans around the world, featuring reveals for many of the renowned publisher’s most anticipated titles, including Street Fighter™ 6, Resident Evil™ Village, Monster Hunter™ Rise: Sunbreak, Exoprimal™, and Mega Man™ Battle Network Legacy Collection.
Street Fighter 6 revealed new characters, introduced a ton of new details for World Tour and Battle Hub, and announced an upcoming Closed Beta Test. Resident Evil Village unloaded the latest updates on the Winters’ Expansion, new platform announcements, and more. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak gave hunters a glimpse at the new challenges that lay in wait in Title Update 2, and when they can start tackling these new foes. Exoprimal opened a mysterious vortex full of new dinosaurs, Exosuits, and story details. And Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection shared the download on two new features arriving in the collection of beloved titles.
Street Fighter 6 Unveils the Way of the Warrior
Street Fighter 6 continues its momentum with knockout combinations of new info on World Tour and Battle Hub, four character reveals, the new Extreme Battle mode, plus the unveil of an upcoming Closed Beta Test!
First up, major updates for World Tour and Battle Hub were announced, including:
- World Tour – Players will be able to create their own avatars with a multitude of customization options to reflect their personal styles and flair. As players progress through the immersive story mode, they’ll hone their avatar’s strength through Street Fights with various NPCs and meet masters like Ryu and Chun-Li who will teach them special moves from their own repertoires. All inhabitants and opponents of World Tour never back down from a challenge, and will seamlessly transition from conversation to battle.
- Battle Hub – Players can take their customized avatars into the Battle Hub, which serves as the lobby area to find matches against other players from around the world including online tournaments. When two players sit down at one of the arcade cabinets placed back-to-back throughout the Battle Hub, they can kick-off a match with the whole Battle Hub as their audience. Players can also visit the Game Center to play retro Capcom classics like Street Fighter™ II and Final Fight™.
Second on the bill was the introduction of four World Warriors making their return to the streets:
- Ken – Accusations of orchestrating a criminal plot have forced Ken, a former US National Fighting Champion and ex-VP of the Masters Foundation, to abandon his family and business to go into hiding. As a legend in the Street Fighter series, Ken packs a classic move set with new additions that keep things fresh.
- Blanka – A kindhearted adventure tour guide and defender of nature, Blanka features his signature Electric Thunder and Rolling Attacks, plus brand new Blanka-chan Bombs and the return of his Lightning Beast move.
- Dhalsim – A monk and yoga master, Dhalsim channels his familiar fire techniques from past games while also mastering moves like Yoga Fire, Yoga Arch, Yoga Comet, and Yoga Flame.
- E. Honda – A globetrotting sumo wrestler, E. Honda combines old with new, bringing back his trademark moves like Hundred Hand Slap and Sumo Headbutt, plus his brand new Sumo Dash where he moves forward with a traditional sumo shuffle.
The all-new Extreme Battle mode enters the Fighting Ground to offer a new way to spice up matches with unconventional parameters. These fast and frantic battles are defined by new Rules and Gimmicks that make every match an experience anyone can enjoy. Rules define the victory condition for players, while Gimmicks add a new level of fun such as a stampeding bull sporadically interrupting a match.
Two more commentators were also revealed for the Real-Time Commentary feature, Kosuke Hiraiwa (play-by-play commentator) and His Excellency Demon Kakka (colour commentator). Kosuke Hiraiwa is a well-known esports caster who lends his expertise and professionalism to Street Fighter 6. H.E.Demon Kakka is the lead singer of Japanese heavy metal band Seikima-II. While they will commentate your matches in Japanese, there will be accompanying subtitles for any of the 13 supported languages displayed on the screen if they are selected.
Lastly, a Closed Beta Test will take place from Oct. 7-10, 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam with cross-play enabled! The Closed Beta Test will include Ranked Match, Casual Match, Battle Hub Match, Open Tournament, Extreme Battle, Game Center, and Training Mode. Eight characters will be playable during the test including Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, Jamie, Guile, Kimberly, Juri, and Ken.
Check out the Capcom News Blog and official Street Fighter 6 website to learn more about the new characters, new World Tour and Battle Hub details, upcoming Closed Beta Test and all other details unveiled during the show.
Resident Evil™ Explores New Perspectives, Horrors, and Platforms
Resident Evil Village has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide, and players will soon be able to enjoy even more of the award-winning survival horror experience when the Winters’ Expansion arrives on Oct. 28, 2022 for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Steam, and Stadia. Resident Evil Village™ Gold Edition, a bundle of the core game and the Winters’ Expansion, launches the same day for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.
New footage of the long-awaited DLC premiered at Tokyo Game Show 2022’s Capcom Online Program, showcasing Ethan Winters’ new animations from the highly requested “Third Person Mode.” The video also delved into the twisted realm within the mind of the Megamycete, providing a fresh look at the terrors lurking in “Shadows of Rose.” In this new story set 16 years after the main game, Rose Winters searches for a cure for her powers. However, she must use them to survive her encounters with the Face Eaters. These abilities allow Rose to stun her monstrous pursuers long enough to elude them or target their weak points. Finally, viewers got a glimpse of the new “The Mercenaries Additional Orders” characters in action, including Lady Dimitrescu summoning insect swarms to exterminate her enemies.
Resident Evil Village is also extending its talons to new platforms. Today, Capcom announced the eighth main installment in the series releases for Mac in 2022. The recently announced Resident Evil™ Village Cloud, debuts for Nintendo Switch™ on Oct. 28, 2022. A cloud demo is now available to stream via the Nintendo eShop. Players may pre-order or purchase the full game only after successfully testing their internet connections with the cloud demo.
The show even had something that might interest fans of Resident Evil™ 4, as the reawakened classic was confirmed to be in development for PlayStation 4 in addition to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Look out for even more updates on Resident Evil 4 at the Resident Evil™ Showcase in October 2022.
New Threats Rise in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Title Update 2
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak opened the TGS2022 Capcom Online Program with a fiery new trailer of the rising threats facing Elgado Outpost, and the new tools at hunters’ disposal when Title Update 2 arrives on September 29. The previously announced return of Flaming Espinas from Monster Hunter™ Frontier sets the stage for another blazing beast’s reveal: Violet Mizutsune. This creature’s alluring bubbles are actually filled with a highly combustible gas that can turn any graceful movement into an inferno of white-hot flame. Finally, an Elder Dragon capable of overcoming the affliction has been sighted. Risen Chameleos has managed to achieve symbiosis with the Qurio, and through this diabolical union has gained incredible power and even more devious attacks. Hunters bold enough to challenge these overwhelming foes will receive materials for crafting new weapons and armor complete with new skills.
Additionally, a new tier of Anomaly Quests will be added, and will include challenging targets like Gore Magala and Espinas. Anomaly Investigations are also being expanded, with an increased level cap of 120, and new afflicted materials. Hunters crafty enough to survive the challenge will be able to unlock new options for Qurious Crafting, including added Anomaly Slots and other new upgrades for weapons. Fashion Hunters also have reason to rejoice, as Title Update 2 will introduce layered weapons. This system enables hunters to change the appearance of their weapon to combine their favorite stats and designs. Finally, this update also includes new paid DLC such as the Master Arlow layered armor set, layered weapons, gestures, poses, hairstyles, and more.
New Event Quests will continue to arrive every week, and A-List Hunters eager for even more challenges can look forward to future title updates, as new monsters and more are just around the corner with Title Update 3 launching in late November.
Spacetime Distortions Unleash New Exoprimal Story, Dinosaur, Exosuit Reveals
Exoprimal summoned a swarm of updates from a mysterious vortex in the sky, including exciting new story and gameplay details about the upcoming team-based action game.
The Tokyo Game Show trailer introduced two new dinosaurs: the venom-spitting dilophosaurus and the carnotaurus, a massive beast that charges headlong into melee with its brutal horns. Players will take on these threats with a range of cutting-edge combat armor. This advanced arsenal includes a pair of newly-revealed Exosuits. Skywave is a Support type that can fly, heal allies, and obstruct its adversaries’ vision and movement. Meanwhile, the samurai-inspired Tank model Murasame can guard against assaults from all sides before unleashing powerful counterattacks with its katana, Kiri-Ichimonji.
Players can tailor-make their Exosuits with a myriad of weapon and suit skins, decals, charms, and more. A variety of emote choices offer ways to interact with teammates. There is even gear to enhance Exosuit performance. Modules grant bonuses like faster reload speeds, and Rigs arm players with extra abilities, such as the new Blade Rig with its paralyzing electromagnetic shuriken. Customization options even extend to the main protagonist, Ace, who can be fully personalized with the character creator.
Ace’s story begins in 2043, after dinosaur outbreaks engulf the globe. The transport plane carrying their Exofighter unit, the Hammerheads, crash-lands on Bikitoa Island. There, they are forced to compete against hordes of dinosaurs and squads of fellow Exofighters in wargames hosted by the A.I. Leviathan. Not everyone on the island is necessarily an enemy, though. The Hammerheads receive help from a pilot known as Magnum, who shares his knowledge about the deadly situation they find themselves in. Perhaps by working together they can find a way to survive and escape.
Exoprimal launches in 2023 for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Steam.
Get on the Grid with Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection
Attention all Operators: new Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection information is arriving to your Personal Terminals. A voiced 3D version of Mega Man.EXE will be your personal Navi on the title select screen, and it will behave similar to the PET Screen from the series with various reactions based upon your play and control style. Additionally, Director Masakazu Eguchi (known to long-time fans as Mr. Famous) took to the stage to announce that online features, including online battle and chip trading for each title in the series, are in development. Check out the official Mega Man Twitter channel and stay tuned for more details in the future!
We look forward to sharing more updates on upcoming Capcom titles as the year continues.