Ninja Theory is not developing a new instalment of much-mourned action franchise Onimusha for next generation consoles, lords and ladies. Wait a minute, who on earth's been claiming otherwise? Ah - these people, apparently.
"We are not working on an Onimusha game," the studio Tweeted just now. "Any rumours surrounding this are untrue." That's us told, then.
If you're new to Onimusha, it's an enormously good samurai action series which plays like a halfway house between Devil May Cry and Resident Evil. Capcom released six games in quick succession, but internal interest in the IP appears to have dried up in 2006.
Street Fighter 4 producer and full-time happy man Yoshinori Ono told IGN last year that Onimusha deserves more love. "The time feels right to me. It feels like it's the time to resurrect that series," he began. "But I wouldn't want to do the things we've done before. I think it might be time to progress beyond the standard single-player adventure.
"There should be ways to expand upon what we've done while involving the community more. Perhaps implement some sort of multiplayer into a game like that. I don't have those ideas solidified yet, but when these ideas come to fruition, when I feel good about them and I feel we can do something, I will most certainly take them in for approval with the higher-ups. It's something I'm very interested in doing."
Any Onimusha fans in the house? What do you think of the idea of Capcom farming this one out to a Western operator? The publisher has done a brisk trade in global partnerships over the past few years, bringing in the likes of Spark Unlimited, GRIN and Blue Castle to work on established IP.
Might want to refer to our most recent DmC: Devil May Cry hands-on.