Capcom has finally announced that they will return to the Darkstalkers franchise, with the release of Darkstalkers Resurrection on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network early next year.
Resurrection is not exactly the next entry into the classic fighting series, but is instead a package containing re-developed versions of Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. Iron Galaxy, the studio behind Marvel Vs. Capcom: Origins, is handling development on the game and is planning to make this much more than a simple re-release of the original titles.
Both games in Darkstalkers Resurrection will include; GGPO-enabled online game play, HD graphical filtering with several viewing options, replay sharing, Spectator Mode, in-game Achievements/Trophies , Challenge/Tutorial Mode, and unlockable concept artwork/videos.
Yoshinori Ono has often hinted to fans that he would like to return to Darkstalkers, and Capcom seems to be positioning Resurrection as the “first step” towards achieving that goal. Speaking to Joystiq at New York Comic-Con, Capcom producer Derek Neal stated “Ono has a dream of revitalizing the Darkstalkers franchise, and this is the first step to get there. [Ono] wants Darkstalkers 4.”
Darkstalkers Resurrection is currently targeted for an “early 2013″ release on XBLA and PSN, for 1200 Microsoft Bucks and $14.99 respectively. Check out the game’s announcement trailer below.
Full press release below:
DARKSTALKERS RE-AWAKEN WITH DARKSTALKERS® RESURRECTION ON PLAYSTATION®NETWORK AND XBOX LIVE® ARCADE
New Digital Title Features Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 with Updated Graphics and Robust Online Features
SAN MATEO, Calif. — October 11, 2012 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that the fan-favorite Darkstalkers® franchise is back and ready to take the fight to current gen consoles. Featuring a unique and colorful cast of characters, blended with fast-paced fighting action, Darkstalkers® Resurrection contains two games, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3, that will be available to download in early 2013 for $14.99 on PlayStation®Network and 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
The two-for-one priced combo breathes new life into each game with a slew of features including robust GGPO-enabled online game play, HD graphical filtering with multiple viewing options, replay sharing, Spectator Mode, in-game achievements, Challenge/Tutorial Mode and an un-lockable vault filled with concept artwork, videos and more.
Players who want to face-off against their friends online are able to with GGPO-enabled online game play that helps create a virtually lag-free fighting game experience. Building upon the online system previously introduced in Street Fighter® III: Third Strike Online Edition and Marvel vs. Capcom® Origins, online game play now includes upgraded matchmaking with additional options such as region matching, ping lock and ping display.
While taking a break from competition, players have replay sharing and Challenge Mode at their disposal to help them hone their fighting game skills. Replays can be uploaded to the game’s match server or directly to YouTube. The Challenge/Tutorial Mode contains trials to help players deepen their knowledge of the characters and their specific strategies. For those that prefer to learn from watching other people play, Spectator Mode and “Watch With Friends” allows players to watch games either live online or saved from previous matches. Players can discuss both live and saved games in real time.
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