Capcom's Deep Down was was revealed alongside the debut of the PlayStation 4 itself, back in 2013. All we knew about it was that there was some sort of time-travel element; so players could travel from the future to the past and fight mythical creatures such as the dragon shown in the game's first ever trailer. It was intended to be free-to-play, with around ten years of updates and events planned for the game's future. Despite this, there hasn't really been any news for Deep Down for four years, and it seemed as though the game had been forgotten.
Yet in an interview with Eurogamer, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono says that Deep Down hasn't been abandoned yet. "The original team is clearly no longer together at this point," he said, "but people might have noticed that we've kept the trademark registered, and it's not been completely given up on." Indeed, Capcom applied to have the game's trademark extended last year, and had the request approved. "Every year we examine titles we're doing in future, and we bring up projects to approve and move forward", continues Ono. "There's not much I can say about it, but if you've noticed we've kept the trademark it means we haven't given up on the title completely."
Capcom haven't announced, confirmed or denied anything about Deep Down in years, so Ono's remarks seem to confirm that at least the game hasn't been forgotten. There seems at least a distinct possibilty that the game will continue to be worked on in some capacity, especially since Capcom went to the effort of extending its trademark. And if what Ono says is true, that Capcom examine their potential titles for approval each year, that means that Deep Down has survived every one of these annual appraisals for possibly six years. That could tell us a lot about Capcom's intentions for the title. Despite seemingly getting no progression, the game has been considered worthy of approval and, perhaps, continuation.
If this is the case, and Deep Down may still be releasing at some point, it doesn't look as though that will be anytime soon. If Ono can't even confirm the degree to which they "haven't given up on the title" and can't say much about it, it could be some time before we get any news about what will happen to Deep Down.
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