During Capcom’s recent Super Street Fighter IV preview event in Central London, we sought out the game’s producer, Yoshinori Ono, to grill him on the feverishly demanded and repeatedly-rumoured Darkstalkers sequel that he seems oh-so-happy to talk about given an inch of column space.
Using an unblockable independent translator and following a careful zoning game, we corner-trapped Ono and unleashed a flurry of questions. He wasn’t about to be lured into answering our queries regarding which as-yet unused horror monsters he would personally like to see in a potential sequel, parrying every question with Daigo-like expertise, but we did manage to get to the bottom of his consistent dialogue on the title.
When asked about his regular name-checking of Capcom’s horror fighting series, he responded: “Yes I always try and talk about Vampire (Darkstalkers) during interviews because I want to show Capcom that there is a demand for a new game,” he revealed, before stating decisively in English: “I am desperate to make this game!”
There you have it – a call to arms. The man that revived the Street Fighter series and dragged it back into the mainstream is still doing his bit to bring us a new Darkstalkers game. If there’s one thing Ono-san has always made abundantly clear, it’s that Capcom’s fans have a voice. We wouldn’t have seen them jump through hoops to bring Tatsunoko Vs Capcom to the West and we wouldn’t be eagerly anticipating Marvel Vs Capcom 3 if it weren’t for vocal fans baying for more pixilated blood. What with the Twilight-fueled obsession with all things vampire, what better time for Capcom to go ahead and green-light Ono’s dream project? Get over to www.capcom-unity.com and stake your claim.