It's been a little over 15 years since Capcom first released the hugely popular and incredibly influential samurai action-adventure Onimusha: Warlords.
The original game was a massive hit on the PS2 and became the console's first game to sell over a million copies.
Though eventually its sales surpassed two million units worldwide.
But despite a flurry of sequels in a five-year spell, the series has been pretty much AWOL following the 2006 release Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams.
A possible revival for the game has been mentioned once or twice in recent years, but Capcom have not shown any hunger to revisit Onimusha.
So when provided with an opportunity to interview Capcom legend Yoshinori Ono – a man who worked extensively on the Onimusha series – Daily Star Online asked if there was any headway on bringing the beloved game back into the fold at Capcom for a next-gen reboot.
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"Capcom as a company know we have many brands, IP’s and series that are beloved by players around the world and we always have fans asking us, when is this or that game coming back," Explained Ono.
"I've spoken internally with people who made Onimusha with me originally and talked about maybe how interesting it would be to revisit that series.
"But fans should know that we’re not further down that road than the discussion phase.
"Right now, I’m so focussed on Street Fighter V that I’m not really in a position to start that same level of battle that I had getting Street Fighter IV made."
When Ono was working on Onimusha 4 and attempting to get Street Fighter IV off the ground he was told internally at Capcom not to bother because it was "a dead franchise."
He also confided in an interview with Eurogamer that execs told him "It [Street Fighter] doesn't make any money when Capcom have series that make money like Resident Evil and Onimusha."
Ironically ten years later, Street Fighter has thrived under Ono's stewardship, while Onimusha has all but vanished.
Yet despite being swamped with the newest incarnation of Street Fighter – which is released next week – Ono did provide a glimmer of hope for the possible return of the Onimusha series: "All I can do for now is reassure fans that conversations are happening at high levels.
"We [Capcom] realise the need for different series to maybe come back into the forefront and although there’s nothing to talk about right now, I’m sure in the future there will be news on variety of series that will keep the fans happy.
"[Fan's] favourites are going to come back."
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