The Onimusha series was, arguably, ahead of its time when it debuted for the PlayStation 2 in 2001. Seen as something of a Resident Evil spin-off, the series featured a roster of samurai battling demons with swords and magic. Its mixture of melee combat and horror elements was basically a precursor to Dark Souls and Nioh, even though the gameplay more closely resembled early Resident Evil titles in its movement and puzzle-solving.
Now that those games have skyrocketed in popularity, it looks like Capcom is ready to cash in on the trend, as the developer and publisher has filed new trademarks for Onimusha with several countries, including with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
The last title in the main Onimusha series—Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams—launched for the PlayStation 2 in 2006, followed in 2012 by Onimusha Soul, a browser-based PC and mobile game.
It’s unclear from the listing if Capcom is working on a brand-new Onimusha title, or if it’s planning to remake some of the older Onimusha titles. Even if the latter is the case, we can probably expect a completely new Onimusha experience, as it seems doubtful that Capcom would maintain the fixed camera of the original series.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve gotten hints about Onimusha’s return. Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono stated back in early 2016 that “conversations are happening at high levels” about reviving Onimusha. If those conversations did result in a new Onimusha title going into development, the timeline with this recent trademark filing makes sense. However, the last time Capcom renewed the Onimusha trademark was only a few years ago in 2015, and nothing ever came of it.
It will be interesting to see if a new Onimusha game would resemble the original series in its gameplay and visual style, or if Capcom would lean closer to making Onimusha into a more traditional action RPG. Clearly, the developer is feeling itself, with recent successes in Resident Evil 7 and Monster Hunter: World, so now seems to be the perfect time for Capcom to revisit a fan-favorite, underappreciated series.
Source: VG 24/7