Capcom’s own attempt at making a Dark Souls type game was a bold move, simply because the series form From Software has setting an impressively high standard in the action RPG genre.
It seems the task at hand though has been somewhat tedious, because Deep Down seems to be submerging into the depths of oblivion, then resurfacing, and finally re-submerging.
It was supposed to be one of the launch titles for the PlayStation 4, an epic Souls inspired dungeon crawler with somewhat similar mechanics, one that would emphasize the impressive power of Sony’s flagship console by utilizing the amazing looking Panta Rhei engine.
However, the game has suffered in-terms of development and progression in the past few years. Announced more than two years ago, the launch of Deep Down remains somewhat of a mystery.
The title has been postponed from time to time, and it hasn’t been just those usual forgivable delays of a few months. Deemed to be released in 2014, now the latest news that came from Capcom regarding this title was way back in February earlier this year, with the publisher simply assuring players that the RPG game is ‘still alive’.
Ever since then, all we’ve been hearing are crickets. The only minor news that we’ve heard of Deep Down is Capcom renewing the trademark for the third time in the US, as reported by DualShockers.
Now, as per rules of trademark renewals, this means that Deep Down will have to come out within 18 months (two more rounds of renewal), or else it will be completely lost in time.
One of the main concerns of this repeated delay is how exactly it affects Sony. The PlayStation 4 has done immensely well ever since its release, but adding an additional exclusive always strengthens a console’s appeal to the gaming public.
The PlayStation 4 has had a healthy amount of exclusives in its nearly two-years of service, but this Fall we aren’t really being treating to any true AAA exclusive amidst a ton of widely anticipated releases. Deep Down’s development could’ve helped Sony’s case become stronger for this Fall season at the very least.
Nevertheless, there is a possibility that Sony is also collaborating with Capcom, and willingly pushing Deep Down to a 2016 release alongside the likes of Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, and the Final Fantasy VII remake.
At the moment, all we can do is speculate and hope that something or the other related to Deep Down pops up at the Tokyo Game Show. There’s a chance there won’t be anything solid and the game might just be one of several unfortunate titles that are a lost cause (think Silent Hills), but there’s also a glimmer of hope seeing how Capcom recently refreshed the trademark for the game.