While Street Fighter has enjoyed a mighty resurgence over the past few years and even Marvel vs Capcom has returned for more action, fighting game fans have been asking for a new installment in Capcom's monster party brawler Darkstalkers. Even the company's Street Fighter producer, Yoshinori Ono, has been vocal about wanting to bring the series back. Still, Capcom felt the need to test the waters by releasing Darkstalkers Resurrection for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 back in March to see if there was any actual profitable interest in reviving the franchise. Unfortunately, the high definition port of the arcade versions of Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 did not meet sales projections, so as Siliconera reports, Darkstalkers has been packed up and stored in the vault once again.
Speaking with Siliconera, Matt Dahlgren, fighting game manager at Capcom, said “Darkstalkers Resurrection did not perform as well as we would have liked to perform. You never know what the future may hold, but Street Fighter is definitely not dead.”
We pressed and asked about the trailer as well as a rumor about a new Darkstalkers game using the Street Fighter fighting game engine. “There is nothing Darkstalkers on the immediate horizon for sure,” Dahlgren commented.
It's a shame to see Darkstalkers denied, but there is such a Capcom fighting game glut on current generation consoles that I'm not surprised at all that Resurrection did not meet sales goals. However, I bet if the company had positioned a new Darkstalkers for next generation hardware, it would do very well. Right now there aren't many announced fighting games for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The next Street Fighter update is planned just for the current platforms. Why not give a forgotten franchise a next generation boost? We may see the franchise again someday though. Bionic Commando was on ice for decades before Capcom tried it again, WayForward is wrapping up work on its DuckTales revival, and a new adventure in the world of Strider has just been announced. Capcom franchises don't stay dead forever. Fans just need a lot of patience waiting for them to return.