There's never been a better time to release a dinosaur game than today, which is pretty much why we've been wanting Capcom to revisit Dino Crisis. Despite sitting on what could be a sure-fire hit of a potential reboot, the Japanese video game developer and publisher went ahead and announced Exoprimal, a new IP that features waves of dinosaurs falling from the sky.
While Exoprimal isn't Dino Crisis, it's not without potential.
If Capcom's latest co-op affair, that sees humans wearing powerful robot suits known as exofighters in their fight against dinosaurs has gotten you intrigued, we've got you covered.
When is the release date of Exoprimal?
Capcom did not reveal when exactly Exoprimal will be available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X, but the studio did give the game a 2023 release window. Most likely, we'll start hearing more about Exoprimal as the year winds down, with a specific release date coming in early 2023.
Is there an Exoprimal trailer?
Exoprimal made quite the impression at Sony's second State of Play on March 9. Capcom's multiplayer co-op title took the center stage to show off some of its early gameplay. From what we can tell, Exoprimal's will include katana-wielding robot warriors and other archetypal shooter classes that players will be able to choose from as they fight through dinosaur-filled cityscapes.
What do we know about Exoprimal?
Exoprimal is a new PvE affair set in the year 2040. It appears that the game will include a competitive twist in that it will pit teams of five players against each other as they compete who gets to repel more dinosaurs. Exoprimal's main mode, Dino Survival, is centered around this premise as players fight off raptors dropping from the sky with larger dinosaurs occasionally rampaging through the tight and narrow city streets.
However, to add variety, players will have to complete certain tasks as well, including capturing and protecting certain points from a relentless barrage of dinosaur swarms or transporting cargo from one point to another.
Exoprimal will have classes as well, but none too special. The four revealed so far fit into common archetypes. Case in point, Deadeye, which specializes in "unleashing a hail of destructive force with powerful assault weapons." Meanwhile, the Zephyr fills in the melee-range brawler-type role and the Roadblock is the tank. Finally, the Witchdoctor will serve as the squad's healer.
Finally, there's the Leviathan, an omnipresent AI that will serve as the navigator and narrator of Exoprimal.
Will Capcom ever work on a new Dino Crisis game?
Anyone who's followed the rise and fall of Dino Crisis can tell that Exoprimal is an inverse of 2003's Dino Crisis 3. Whereas the largely panned installment of Capcom's iconic survival horror series had dinosaurs in space, Exoprimal will see dinosaurs dropping down from space or wherever. Naturally, comparisons came quickly, with some fans asking Capcom why they didn't just work on a Dino Crisis game instead.
According to Capcom, Exoprimal is an all-new IP, which all but confirms that Capcom still doesn't want to bring back Dino Crisis.
It will be interesting to see how fans will react to Exoprimal once it comes out in 2023. Hopefully, the game's success can encourage Capcom to revisit Dino Crisis in the future.