Then the announcement came, and that game style was obviously not picked, despite being massively popular. Why is that?
In a Q&A session with Capcom Europe, Masachika Kawata, chief producer of Darkside Chronicles, explained why they chose to continue down the chronicles path.
Yes, naturally Resident Evil 4 on Wii was a huge success. Having said that, Umbrella Chronicles didn’t do badly either. However, we regretted the fact that all the scenarios, storyline were not included in that particular title, so therefore that was our regret and we wanted to work on a new title in the same style and we worked on Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica.
Unfinished business, then? There's that, and there's also the fact that an on-rails title would be quicker to develop and still rake in a bunch of money. It's a bit hard to be disappointed though; DC looks to be shaping up as a spooktacular rails game with some nifty graphical work. Maybe some day, Capcom will jones for the former game style. Until then, lock and load.