Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Resident Evil 5 Wii: Capcom basically says "No Comment"
Bishbish777 from the IGN Wii Lobby and the starter of the "Bring Resident Evil 5 to the Wii" Petition has posted a direct reply from the Senior Director of Strategy from Capcom regarding his plea of the petition with 21,000 signatures, and response to what needs to be done to bring RE5 to the Wii. Read the reply below:
I am someone of relatively high authority over issues like this (yes, believe it or not even being in the US I have daily discussions over future product strategy with both Japanese and US R&D folks and our executive team worldwide).
Your petition is a great effort and we greatly appreciate the passion you've shown to the RE brand. I'm pleased you've made the effort and I'd like to thank you for it if it was your doing.
As with pleas for several other Wii projects from fans, we certainly recognize that there is a demand for RE5 on the Wii. Your petition further validates our assumptions (as do the weekly posts in our Ask Capcom section that effectively ask the same thing). I locked your post because these threads inevitably become circular arguments among fans that are repetitive and non-constructive.
At the same time, there really is nothing more I or anyone else at Capcom can do about it at this time (it doesn't matter how high up the chain you go). We are 100% completely out of appropriate development resources to do additional projects in the near term beyond what's currently in the pipeline.
Does that mean it might not happen eventually in spite of the hardware challenges? Well, we don't know yet. And because we don't know, for us to say "sure, we'll do it" and set off slews of speculation and/or even potential heartbreak if the project never comes to be, doesn't do our fans or us any favors.
So for now, I continue to focus on what we know and that is that RE5 is coming to 360 and PS3. To say anything beyond that at this time really wouldn't be fair to you or the rest of the fans.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't still hope or be vocal. It just means we can't make any statements or commitments regarding RE5 for Wii.
I am a member of the "Ask Capcom" forum and I have seen that everything he is saying is true. You don't know how many topics have been made in that forum and in forums across the world saying "Capcom needs to bring RE5 to the Wii" they are literally everywhere. The good news is that Capcom is finally taking notice of this and the big petition. He says to not give up hope and that they cannot confirm or deny RE5 on the Wii yet because it really is a possibility with the demand rising and the awareness of Capcom. It is just safer for them at this point to not make any extra announcements on the game coming to any other system besides 360 and PS3. Add this to the interview I posted below with Factor 5 on the Wii's graphic power, I can see a connect the dots situation rising.
If you ask me, it is only a matter of time before Resident Evil 5 is Wii bound.