Spark Unlimted is having what might be the best year of its decade-long existence. After the crippling failure of 2008’s Legendary: The Box, the studio’s bounced back with some high profile work on established franchises. Last week, it announced that it was working alongside Keiji Inafune and Team Ninja on spinoff Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. Earlier this year, Spark took over one of Inafune’s last big publisher franchises at Capcom with the promising Lost Planet 3. Now rumors suggest that Spark’s been entrusted with another of Inafune’s Capcom series, though this one’s been dormant for years.
According to PSM3 (via NeoGAF), Spark will make a new Onimusha, Capcom’s long-silent samurai series.
If it is working on a sequel to the old samurai horror series, then it’s a recent development. As of the beginning of the year, Spark was only hiring for two games, Lost Planet 3 and an unannounced horror action game that was ultimately revealed as Yaiba. Spark did recently form an iOS development team, but it seems doubtful that Capcom would leverage use a franchise that’s been dormant for so long to boost mobile sales.
Conceived as a third survival horror franchise for the original PlayStation that would stand alongside Resident Evil and Dino Crisis, Onimusha’s samurai adventures were a staple on the PlayStation 2, with three sequels and two spinoffs released inside of five years. The series has been dead since Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams was released in 2006.