Yoshinori Ono, the famed producer at Capcom, has provided a rare statement about the state of the development process on Deep Down, the infamous PlayStation 4 exclusive which had been announced at the reveal event of the console and never seen around after that.
Ono has reckoned that the development team on the project has been disbanded and that Capcom is doing all kinds of different stuff right now with those resources, but also that the IP is still there, and there are chances that it could be recovered anytime soon.
“I haven’t been called Mr. Deep Down quite yet. The original team is clearly no longer together at this point, but people might have noticed that we’ve kept the trademark registered, and it’s not been completely given up on,” he told Eurogamer.net.
“Every year we examine titles we’re doing in future, and we bring up projects to approve and move forward. There’s not much I can say about it, but if you’ve noticed we’ve kept the trademark, it means we haven’t given up on the title completely.”
Ono also commented that the “concept developed a bit further than” the Tokyo Game Show event where the press got to play Deep Down, which was back in the days a one of a kind dungeon crawler where all the locations got generated procedurally.
It looks like intellectual property is still there. We won’t hear about it for a long while as the Japanese developer and publisher is doing a lot of different things with its studios, such as Project Resistance, new mainline Resident Evil games, Devil May Cry, remake/reboots of popular franchises, and more.