Worldwide, both video games and anime (Japanese animation) are industries that rake in a tantamount supply of cash. Just in the United States alone, video games make about $20.5 billion while anime (an extreme niche group) still provides multi-millions for Japan’s animation companies. Taking into account that Japan is the origin country for both, it is expected that at times, both industries will cross. Anime series are, at times, turned into video games, while certain video games are turned into anime series. Now, the latest news pertaining on such is that Capcom, the company behind Resident Evil, is developing an arcade game of one of the most popular anime series within the last three years, Attack On Titan.
According to articles by Kotaku and iDigital Times, the popular manga/anime, Attack On Titan, made its debut back in 2012. Since then, it has become a cultural phenomenon in both East and West markets. For any anime fan here in the United States, they’ve seen or at least know about Attack On Titan. It is so popular that Japan is already working on a live-action movie. Not only that, Marvel, the company responsible for The Avengers, has jumped into the mix by doing a crossover with the anime series on Free Comic Book Day.
With Attack On Titan‘s popularity soaring, it is only good business to bring it to video games. Capcom made the big reveal on the first day of the Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) 2015. Fan were showed their elation, but felt a twinge of disappointment when no gameplay footage was available. The only bit of info on this monumental project was the revealing of the game’s title card, which can be seen through the tweet below.
— ファミ通.com (@famitsu) February 13, 2015
This is technically the first time Attack On Titan is being developed for an arcade game, but the series is no stranger to video games in general. Back in December of 2013, Spike Chunsoft, the company responsible for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Paradise, developed Attack On Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind for the Nintendo 3DS. Visual novels are usually included as bonus content for the anime’s Blu-ray releases. Finally, several social games have been developed and released in Japan too. More information about the upcoming Attack On Titan arcade game will be released sometime in summer. This will give Capcom time to strategically promote the title, while they are presently busy promoting the latest title in the Street Fighter franchise, Street Fighter V.
Now that you know Capcom will be making an arcade game adaption of Attack On Titan, what are your views? What do you expect Capcom to do with the anime in their arcade game?
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