Capcom Gamer’s Day 2007 Recap

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Last week Capcom held its annual Gamer’s Day event in San Francisco and the new game announcements and updates, though nothing earth-rattling, were numerous and exciting. Unfortunately, I’ve been out of town since the event went down and wasn’t able to report in sooner, but now that I’m back here is a quick rundown of the event in case you missed it.

Chief among its Gamer’s Day lineup was Capcom’s announcement of a new multi-platform “digital initiative” that will bring downloadable titles to not only the Xbox Live Arcade but the PlayStation Network and PC as well. Under this “digital initiative”, four new downloadable games were announced, including Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for the 360 and PS3, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for the 360, PS3 and PC, Rocketmen: Axis of Evil for the 360 and PS3 and Talisman for the 360, PS3 and PC.

Due out in the fall, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix mark the return of two beloved Capcom franchises, each being remixed for the HD era to include features like new 1080p graphics and artwork, new game modes, improved balancing and online play. Based on WizKids’ popular constructible strategy game, Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (also due this fall) is an arcade-style shooter that will allow up to four players to team up online or offline as the Alliance of Free Planets and blast through enemies and bosses in order to rescue the Solar System from the Legion of Terra. Also licensed after a tabletop game, Talisman is a 3D virtual board game/action-RPG hybrid based on Games Workshop’s classic board game that will bring up to four players together for both online and offline competition. Talisman is currently set to release sometime this winter.

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Previously believed to be an Xbox 360-exclusive, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is now being ported to the PC for a release in June. The game itself will remain the same, but in the move to the PC new technological enhancements are in the cards. Although not a requirement to play, DX10 support will enable gamers with a high-end gaming rig to experience Lost Planet in even more stunning graphical quality thanks to higher resolutions, more detailed textures and better shadowing effects. A new lobby system is being put in place to adapt the game’s 16-player online action to the PC, and support for both mouse and keyboard and gamepad controls will be included. It’s also worth noting that Capcom would neither deny nor confirm the possibility of Lost Planet landing on the PS3, so don’t be surprised if that announcement comes along in the coming months given the company’s new multi-platform stance.

As should always be expected during any Capcom event, details on the expansion of the Mega Man franchise were revealed in the form of a new pair of games for the Nintendo DS, including Mega Man ZX Advent and Mega Man Star Force. Mega Man ZX Advent, slated to ship in October, is a fast-paced action game following heroes Grey and Ash on two intertwining adventures during an epic war between humans and robots. Listening to fan feedback, the dev team behind Mega Man ZX Advent is creating a game that promises to take full advantage of the DS’s hardware to deliver a unique and exciting Mega Man action game.

Mega Man Star Force, on the other hand, will kick off an all-new series in the illustrious franchise when it releases in three different versions this August — Pegasus, Leo and Dragon. Mega Man Star Force is an action-RPG from the team behind the Mega Man Battle Network games that stars a new hero named Subaru Hoshikawa and features a new battle system and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection support for creating a special “Brother Band” network with up to six friends in order to share cards and status upgrades.

Capitalizing on the courtroom battle genre it has essentially created, Capcom has confirmed that the third chapter in the cult-hit Phoenix Wright series, Trials and Tribulations, is indeed coming to North American DS’s to finish off the series’ storyline this September. In addition to the new Phoenix Wright, Capcom has announced Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law for the PS2 and PSP, a game that looks to bring together the off-beat humor of the Adult Swim TV series and the legal courtroom gameplay action of the Phoenix Wright series when it ships this fall.

And in one last tidbit of news, Capcom has officially confirmed the acquisition of the PlayStation format rights to the MotoGP racing series. Under the terms of this new agreement, Capcom will first be publishing MotoGP ’07 for the PS2 this fall. No further details were released.

That about wraps up our recap of this year’s Capcom Gamer’s Day for now, but be sure to continue checking back throughout the rest of the afternoon for gameplay footage and a slew of trailers from the event. Also be sure to watch out for additional updates on all of Capcom’s upcoming titles as new information and assets emerge.

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