Capcom’s Latest Trademark Means a New Dino Crisis Game Is Inevitable

Posted in: Gaming NewsOp-ed
December 17, 2019 6:30 PM UTC

Now there's no guarantee that this trademark means a new Dino Crisis game, but it would be foolish for them to release nothing at all.

  • Capcom has just filed a new trademark for Dino Crisis.
  • This could very well mean a new game or remake on the horizon.
  • With the success of Resident Evil’s remakes, this step seems to have been inevitable.

Remakes are big business. Not only are they based on familiar concepts which have worked before, but they also have a built-in audience of everyone who feels nostalgic towards the said property. This is why Capcom has had such success with the Resident Evil remakes. It is also why they’ve just trademarked Dino Crisis again.

Now there’s no guarantee that this trademark means a new Dino Crisis game. But looking at the way things have been going for Capcom lately, it would be foolish for them to release nothing at all. After all, what could be closer to the beloved Resident Evil series than a game which was basically the same with added dinosaurs?

The trademark is pretty simple, but it gives fans hope. | Source: Chizai Watch

Dino Crisis Remake on the Way?

Capcom already filed a trademark for Dino Crisis in the last few years before this one. Back in early 2018, the company did the same thing – for the first time in 18 years. Obviously, nothing materialized then, and since it had been so long, it is possible they were just trying to keep up the trademark on their IP.

With two such trademarks coming so close together, this new one seems more than likely to be for some specifically planned Dino Crisis content. With Resident Evil 2 Remake doing so well for them, it is likely that they’ll release a new version of the first game in the Dino Crisis series over the next few years.

After all, what would be the point in filing another trademark the year after you already registered one? Indeed, looking at the 2018 trademark filing, it seems to be broad. It mainly concerns getting the trademark on paper to ensure Capcom still owns Dino Crisis. This new trademark seems to speak of specific ‘game programs’ and ‘game software’ (apparently different things). That could certainly mean that we’ll see a new Dino Crisis game in a year or two.

Why This Was Bound to Happen

There are several reasons that remakes are so popular. To publishers, they’re attractive because they’ve been proven to work. To fans, they’re attractive because nostalgia makes everything seem great. In general, it’s much safer to go with a remake than a new IP.

With the massive sales numbers for Resident Evil 2 Remake, Capcom was probably searching through their IP catalog to see what they had lying around. Dino Crisis is so close to Resident Evil in both tone and gameplay. Of course they were going to go with that.

I for one am not unhappy at the prospect. Dino Crisis was a great game, and these days dinosaurs are less passe than zombies. Of course, there’s nothing as iconic as the tyrants in Dino Crisis. Unless you count the T-rex. At this point though, a dinosaur franchise not having a T-rex just makes it feel empty.

This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.

Last modified: January 22, 2020 11:40 PM UTC

William Worrall @mizushinzui

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at: william.worrall@ccn.com

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